I remember awhile back coming across a post that Nick Carr did about someone who was using Amazon’s S3 remote storage service to do backups, and wound up getting a bill for a month’s worth of charges for hosting his data — and it was a single cent (the original post by Dave Gurnell is here, and Nick’s post is here). I thought at the time that it was pretty impressive, so I created an Amazon Web Services account.

I downloaded JungleDisk, a backup/storage app that acts as a front-end to S3. Then I uploaded a whole pile of photos as a test, which worked flawlessly, with my JungleDisk files and folders showing up as a network drive in Windows and a WebDav remote share in Linux and the usual drag-and-drop to add or move files and so on. A little while ago I got my first monthly bill from Amazon: 75 cents. Not bad.

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4 Responses to “Amazon’s S3: Almost free storage”
  1. I’m going to have to give that a try for photos.

    I’ve been thinking about doing it for mp3s as well. Restoring is so time consuming.

  2. How much did you upload? 2mb?

  3. Somewhere between 500 megabytes and a gigabyte, Joe.

  4. What kind of guarantees do we have for data security as users of AWS? I think AWS is great, but I’m wondering how ‘secure’ my data is. I put secure in quotes because there is really no guaranteed way secure your data, short of taking it to Fort Knox.

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