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Reaper-Media says

I’ve been uploading 30GBs of data to S3 for about 5 hours now :D and at a rate of about 96kb/s it’s gonna take about 80hours to complete the first sync :D I didn’t realise I would render my pc useless for a few days :D LOL , I can actually still work, it’s only using about 10%CPU, but man, that’s gonna be a heafty electricity bill :D

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jremick Envato team says

There are quite a few FTP applications that support AWS S3 connectivity so you should be able to find something on XP. It sounds like you found something you like already though.

I’m curious as to the type of data you’re backing up though because S3 may not be your best choice.

For example, if you’re using it only to backup data, there are better alternatives such as iDrive, etc. that are cheaper. If you want to provide access to those files (like image hosting for your blog or something) then S3 is a great choice. If you want to backup your files to the cloud and you want quick access anywhere with sharing capabilities but not web hosting type sharing, then something like Sugar Sync is a better choice.

Also, I was told by a Rackspace rep. that you can use Jungle Disk with Rackspace’s Cloud Files (same idea as S3) and the transfer in/out through Jungle Disk on your system is free.

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Reaper-Media says

Jungle disc has to be bought commercially from the Amazon website I think, and is only avaliable from the us? :? Also iDisc, as far as I know, is only avaliable on macs. Oh well, S3 seems to be working very well for me :)

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jremick Envato team says

Actually, Jungle Disk is a product owned by Rackspace but it does cost $2/mo. However, for the features you get from it, $2/mo is a small price to pay. Also, Jungle Disk can connect to S3 in US and in EU. http://jungledisk.com/desktop/pricing.aspx

iDrive is available for Windows (2000-Win7) and Mac as well. http://www.idrive.com/online-backup-download.htm

Here’s an article on data backup and storage that I wrote for nettuts: http://net.tutsplus.com/articles/general/10-data-backup-storage-and-sharing-solutions/

I’ve done a ridiculous amount of research on data storage/backup services and this article doesn’t even remotely cover all the details on these 10 but it’s a great place to start. If you have any questions, it’s quite likely I’ll be able to help. :-)

Also, I know you found something you like and you’re happy with right now but if it doesn’t fit your needs as well as another service, my recommendation is to find what you like/need the most and switch before you get in too deep. It’s better to start off right than deal with making the switch a year from now. ;-)

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ArikB says

Do you think that it might be beneficial to serve up your layout images from S3 :P

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jremick Envato team says
Do you think that it might be beneficial to serve up your layout images from S3 :P

I assume you’re asking me?

It depends but for the most part, yes. S3 has pretty decent response times, especially compared to many traditional web hosts. However, if you want to reduce the load on your web server and increase the performance of your website for your visitors, you would want to use a CDN .

I store static files like CSS , JS and layout images for my blog on S3. Then I use CloudFront (Amazon’s CDN ) to pull the files from S3 and cache them. Then I use the links to the files on CloudFront in my blog so it loads fast for visitors all over the world and my web server resources are used for stuff like PHP processing, etc. :-)

I think I’ll have to write a tutorial for the TF blog on using and setting up S3 and CloudFront.

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ArikB says
Do you think that it might be beneficial to serve up your layout images from S3 :P

I assume you’re asking me?

It depends but for the most part, yes. S3 has pretty decent response times, especially compared to many traditional web hosts. However, if you want to reduce the load on your web server and increase the performance of your website for your visitors, you would want to use a CDN .

I store static files like CSS , JS and layout images for my blog on S3. Then I use CloudFront (Amazon’s CDN ) to pull the files from S3 and cache them. Then I use the links to the files on CloudFront in my blog so it loads fast for visitors all over the world and my web server resources are used for stuff like PHP processing, etc. :-)

I think I’ll have to write a tutorial for the TF blog on using and setting up S3 and CloudFront.

Yeah please do. I want to launch my site in about 6 weeks and this really helps. Even though I am hacking the thesis theme to use, I guess it’s not that big of a deal to rewrite the header links.

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MSFX Moderator says
Do you think that it might be beneficial to serve up your layout images from S3 :P

I assume you’re asking me?

It depends but for the most part, yes. S3 has pretty decent response times, especially compared to many traditional web hosts. However, if you want to reduce the load on your web server and increase the performance of your website for your visitors, you would want to use a CDN .

I store static files like CSS , JS and layout images for my blog on S3. Then I use CloudFront (Amazon’s CDN ) to pull the files from S3 and cache them. Then I use the links to the files on CloudFront in my blog so it loads fast for visitors all over the world and my web server resources are used for stuff like PHP processing, etc. :-)

I think I’ll have to write a tutorial for the TF blog on using and setting up S3 and CloudFront.

I read your blog post for nettuts and for themeforest, made really nice reads, would be great if you could knock another one out for S3 and cloudfront :)

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jremick Envato team says

Sounds good guys, I’ll get that going today. :-)

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