Archive for the ‘Amazon S3’ Category

S3 Infinidisk

The latest Amazon Web Services Blog entry highlights a new product called S3Infinidisk for EC2. This is a really cool idea implemented on top of Amazon S3 and EC2.

At Podango, we have been using S3 for awhile, we are beginning to use EC2, and I will be looking in to S3Infinidisk next week. When dealing with things like mp3 files (like we do at Podango), S3, EC2, and now S3Infinidisk are allowing us to compete with anyone in the industry. SQS has also proved to be very valuable. I’ll talk more about that some other day.

For now–kudos again to Amazon and also to Openfount.

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Biggest technology news nobody is talking about from 2006

I am amazed at how little buzz two Amazon web services have generated since launghing in 2006. Amazon S3 and Amazon EC2 are groundbreaking services in my opinion.

A few years ago, Amazon did something very smart. As they discovered that they needed highly scalable and reliable platform components that they couldn’t buy, they decided to build them in a modular way such that they could then profit from these platform pieces by selling them to others. I have read that Amazon’s CEO describes Amazon as a software services company. I would guess that most people equate Amazon to an online Barnes & Noble done right. However, I think Amazon will outgrow that image over time with what they are now doing. Right now, Amazon is my favorite internet company with Yahoo and Google coming in a very distant second.

Amazon S3 allows you to store gigabytes or even terrabytes of data for pennies a month ($0.15/gigabyte to be exact) in a highly scalable and reliable environment. If you need to serve that content up to someone over the web, it only costs $0.20/gigabyte of data transfer. The product is sooo easy to use, and those prices are sooo low, it becomes a no-brainer to use S3 to store anything that takes up any space. People are dumping audio, video, images, mail, backups, and many other things on S3, and having great success.

Amazon EC2 makes the typical small business IT infrastructure almost obsolete. It allows you to “instantiate” servers in 2-3 minutes time. Suppose I have a website with traffic that has outgrown the single-server setup. I can go to EC2 and set up a load-balancer, multiple web servers, a database server, and multiple utility servers for $450/month. The time it takes to do this is very small, and the ongoing costs are very small. Once again, I only pay $0.20/gigagbyte of bandwidth consumed. The ease of use and low price just blow everything else out there away.

The bottom line is that Amazon with S3 and EC2 are making it so small and medium sized companies can have big-company style infrastructure for a VERY affordable price. Yes, people are talking about these services more and more. However, they are not getting publicized nearly enough for what they really are. If Google had released these services, it would be all anyone could talk about. But, since it wasn’t Google, they still continue to fly under the radar (relatively speaking), and that’s too bad IMHO.

A few good links:
Amazon Web Services Blog
Some sites using Amazon’s web services