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by admin on November 20, 2008

Not too much posting this week as I have been rushing around the home gathering up financial documents for a refinancing of the house. It is looking to be a sweet deal - mortgage rates have dropped and despite what they say about it hard getting financing, I have a wizard of a mortage broker who keeps getting me great deals over the years (If you live in Vancouver and own a house, I really recommend Steve Pipkey of, say that you heard of him from DJ). I going to save about $3500 this year in interest payments!

But along with the usual junk mail, this infomerical from Amazon web services caught my eye:

"Today, we're excited to announce the public beta of Amazon CloudFront, a new web service for content delivery. With CloudFront, you can distribute content using a worldwide network of edge locations that provide low latency and high data transfer speeds. CloudFront works seamlessly with other AWS services such as Amazon S3, and like all AWS services, is self-service with no up-front commitments, no long-term contracts and pay-as-you-go pricing."

Printcraft already uses Amazons S3 storage for some remote backup, and it's the best there is out there. We would actually use to backup everything in the shop if we could, but we don't have a fat enough pipe to back up Prinergy jobs and customer files on a regular basis.

Basically, with Cloudfront you can upload a whole whackload of data to the cloud, and put pointers on your web page to that data, easily and cheaply. If you haven't checked out Cloudfront and all of Amazon web services, I recommend you do so. They offer enterprise storage and data warehousing solutions that are absolutely dirt-cheap and 100% reliable. In about 5 or 10 ten years, nobody will be putting RAID servers in their shops, they will be using Amazon, in my opinion.

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Laurens November 23, 2008 at 6:11 am

Dirt-cheap: yes.
100% reliable: No!

S3 has been down a number of times for short periods of time (from a few minutes to a few hours) in the past few months. For back-ups this doesn’t matter that much but for time-critical access to data, I wouldn’t rely on it.

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