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Replacing my home backup server with Amazon's S3 (by Jeremy Zawodny)

Replacing my home backup server with Amazon’s S3 (by Jeremy Zawodny)

Not too long ago, Amazon released their Simple Storage Service (or “S3” for short). It provides a hosted storage platform which developers can build all sorts of applications on top of. Smugmug, a popular photo sharing web site, is using it to store and host pictures.

I’ve been considering using S3 as the backend to an on-line backup, since I’d been beating that for a while (see: Swimming Pools and Hard Disks and Cheap On-Line Storage Coming Soon).

In a few days I’ll write about how to do this–I’m only partially through the process right now. But right now I want to lay out the motivation for doing this.