Amazon S3 For Digital Storage - Do You Do This?

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Hi,

I just wanted to know if anyone here is using amazon for their digital storage?

If you are can you tell me the benefits of using it.

Also, do you pay for storage or downloads or both.

I took a look but there is a lot of reading to be done and I figured it would be quicker to ask warriors with experience.

Any advice is helpful accept the unhelpful kind of course
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  • Profile picture of the author CDarklock
    Mostly because Amazon is really good at servicing a lot of requests. So where you might have your server completely hammered by a big launch and a massive traffic surge, Amazon doesn't bat an eye.

    And you pay for both storage and downloads, but the cost is really low.
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    Thanks for the info.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kevin Riley
    Originally Posted by andrew_writes View Post

    Hi,

    I just wanted to know if anyone here is using amazon for their digital storage?

    If you are can you tell me the benefits of using it.

    Also, do you pay for storage or downloads or both.

    I took a look but there is a lot of reading to be done and I figured it would be quicker to ask warriors with experience.

    Any advice is helpful accept the unhelpful kind of course
    Andrew

    I use Amazon S3. I love it. You only pay for bandwidth usage, and that is pennies. My monthly bill - and I have some big videos getting lots of views - has yet to exceed $50.

    I highly recommend you combine uploading to Amazon with distributing via their Cloudfront. This makes a massive difference in the loading time and your viewer never sees the stuttering as a video buffers. Here's an example from the Warrior Networking Event. Watch how fast that buffering moves:

    Rocket Product Creation: Excerpt 1 from 2nd Annual Warrior Networking Event

    To manage your uploads and setting your distribution, I highly recommend adding S3FOX plugin to your FireFox. They also have great documentation on their site, showing you how to use Amazon S3 and Cloudfront via their interface.
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    • Profile picture of the author andrew_writes
      Originally Posted by Kevin Riley View Post

      Andrew

      I use Amazon S3. I love it. You only pay for bandwidth usage, and that is pennies. My monthly bill - and I have some big videos getting lots of views - has yet to exceed $50.

      I highly recommend you combine uploading to Amazon with distributing via their Cloudfront. This makes a massive difference in the loading time and your viewer never sees the stuttering as a video buffers. Here's an example from the Warrior Networking Event. Watch how fast that buffering moves:

      Rocket Product Creation: Excerpt 1 from 2nd Annual Warrior Networking Event

      To manage your uploads and setting your distribution, I highly recommend adding S3FOX plugin to your FireFox. They also have great documentation on their site, showing you how to use Amazon S3 and Cloudfront via their interface.
      Thanks Kevin

      BTW - I enjoyed the CD you sent by mail.

      Ok, so I can upload all that I have but only pay for the bandwidth, or downloads?

      I don't have a clue about cloudfront and whether I need it.

      No videos, just ebooks, scripts, graphics, software, plr, oh, just checked, yep video and audio.

      About 16 gigs of resell stuff I don't want on my server or pc.

      What do you think, S3 can handle it.

      Lastly, please elaborate on the cloudfront or provide a link.

      Thanks much.

      Andrew
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      • Profile picture of the author Kevin Riley
        Originally Posted by andrew_writes View Post

        Thanks Kevin

        BTW - I enjoyed the CD you sent by mail.

        Ok, so I can upload all that I have but only pay for the bandwidth, or downloads?

        I don't have a clue about cloudfront and whether I need it.

        No videos, just ebooks, scripts, graphics, software, plr, oh, just checked, yep video and audio.

        About 16 gigs of resell stuff I don't want on my server or pc.

        What do you think, S3 can handle it.

        Lastly, please elaborate on the cloudfront or provide a link.

        Thanks much.

        Andrew
        Andrew

        Cloudfront is also with Amazon. Just log into your Amazon account (the one we all have for buying books) and there you can sign up for S3 and CloudFront. Very easy. Then, use S3FOX to manage it all.
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