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Amazon S3 is storage for the Internet. It is designed to make web-scale computing easier for developers.

Amazon S3 provides a simple web services interface that can be used to store and retrieve any amount of data, at any time, from anywhere on the web. It gives any developer access to the same highly scalable, reliable, fast, inexpensive data storage infrastructure that Amazon uses to run its own global network of web sites. The service aims to maximize benefits of scale and to pass those benefits on to developers.

I can see lots of potential benefits to this one.  If you do monthly offsite backup, it's definitely cost effective.  ($.15 / GB + $.20 / GB transferred).  But you'll need to break your files into 5GB or less.  This will also be a good way for ASPs to store file uploads without needing a huge hosting provider contract and easing the customer's fears about giving their data to a startup.

Good job Amazon!  I'm looking forward to applications designed around this service. Hopefully this will also spur Google to release the GDrive.

Posted on Wednesday, March 15, 2006 11:06 AM Architecture | Back to top

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