Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Jeremy Zawodny's been looking at options to replace his traditional home backup server with something a little more modern and potentially better from a cost and maintenance perspective. He's looking at Amazon S3 for that purpose.

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.

I'll be keeping my eye on this, since I was thinking about trying something similar. The idea of buying yet another piece of hardware, which could sit at home on a slower connection and potentially break on me over time, is less appealing than a sufficiently secure system that I could get to from literally anywhere. And as I work more and more with larger pieces of personal data, the need continues to grow.

Source: Replacing my home backup server with Amazon's S3
Originally published on Wed, 04 Oct 2006 04:51:36 GMT

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Wednesday, October 04, 2006 3:04:59 AM (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
Wednesday, October 04, 2006 4:43:10 AM (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
For on-line backup, I personally like Mozy (

You get 2GB for free (+ 256MB if you use the link above) but you can pay if you need more. Your data is encrypted using your own Blowfish keys if you like or with theirs if you're afraid of losing yours.

I've been using it for a while now and it has saved my *ss in a couple of occasions. I find it's a great idea and very good software to support it.

Disclaimer: By registering with the URL above you and I will get 256MB additional to the 2GB offered by Mozy.
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