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May 21, 2009

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Sneakernet 2009

Even if you’re not a developer, you should sign up for the Amazon Web Services email list. Think of it as a newsletter about the cutting edge of cloud computing. Even if half of it doesn’t make sense to you, it sets an enviable example — both in terms of Amazon’s pace of innovation and the way they communicate about new stuff.

Anyway, the newest program? Send Amazon a hard drive and they’ll load it into Amazon S3 for you. This would be useful if you had, for instance, a petabyte of raw data that would take two weeks to upload via the internet but two days to get to Amazon via FedEx. I love it.

Posted May 21, 2009 at 11:03 | Comments (2) | Permasnark
File under: Briefly Noted


Pretty funny stuff, and just reinforces that it is faster to drive a trunk full of DVDs from NYC to LA than to upload on the internets.

We are so glad Amazon made initial data transfer even simpler. No longer you have to wait weeks before you initial backup completes. Hopefully this will make the tools like CloudBerry Backup for S3 even more appealing.

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