I love new toys! There’s nothing more thrilling to me than finding some new technology and finding a use for it. So when Amazon announced S3, I looked at it; but then I put it away. Yea, ok, it’s storage, that’s not sexy. You can’t geocode it or tag it so what good is it. I went on my merry way keeping one eye peeled for Google’s latest purchase. (they are coming at an alarming pace these days)
Then at lunch the other day with a friend I mentioned S3 to him. He hadn’t heard so I gave him the elevator pitch. He stopped eating and listened intently. It seems that his company just implemented a feature that this would have helped with. I could see the sparkle in his eye as he started to run through the possibilities.
So what’s the moral here? Don’t have lunch with Cal; cuz I’ll blog ya!. No seriously, the moral here is a new toy doesn’t have to be sexy to be cool. It just took me a while to get there. Now I’m there and I can’t stop thinking about this damn thing.
This morning I ran across this. All of those are good ideas. I had some of the same thoughts about backups. I think you could glue together some PHP and S3 and get an app that Small Businesses could use to do unattended, off-site backups their accounting data, important files, etc. In that arena the playing field just tilted severely.
That’s just one possibility of how this announcement and the coming G-Drive, G-Space, G-Spot, G-we-need-to-be-more-original-in-our-naming announcement from Google that they are entering the online storage space but as a me-too player are going to be a major disruptor for the web space.
I’ll announce right here and now that as a web host, I welcome my new overload and to show that I’m on board, I’ll offer a new hosting special. $1/mo for web hosting. That gets you 10MB of disk space, 1 MySQL database and 50MB of transfer per month. That and an S3 account and you are good to go.
As my favorite old-school blogger (before we had a term for it) Jeffery Harrow was fond of saying “Don’t Blink”. (Jeffery, I miss your blogs terribly. The day you left Compaq is still a black-armband day for me.)
Until next time,