Seems to me that everywhere I turn, I’m hearing about someone doing something cool with Amazon S3. Here’s a collection of some of the things I’ve noticed.
- Jeremy Zawodny put together a great list of S3 backup tools. Two to note in particular are duplicity, which has an S3 backend and is in Debian stable, Macports, and Fedora; and JungleDisk, which lets you mount an S3 drive on your MacOS desktop (but, RC4, really?). (Thanks to Sam Quigley for the links.)
- You can serve just about any bits you want — see notes on using S3 to serve media files, serve BitTorrent, serve photos for a photo-sharing startup, and serve SecondLife client installers.
- S3 Browser, a MacOS X browser for S3 contents.
- S3 libraries for Ruby (and another one), Perl, PHP, and Java.
How great is that? I wonder if the economics of S3 will change substantially over time — are we getting the “free shipping” price now, and will prices go up later, or is this how it will stay? But for now, at least, there’s a lot of energy around S3, and I like it.