Amazon Web Services Gets Import/Export, S3 Management
A pair of updates to the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud platform spell good news for ISVs and VARs leveraging it: Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) is now integrated into the AWS management console, and the Import/Export tool to bring data into the cloud by way of portable devices has left beta and gone into general availability. Here’s the lowdown.
The S3 integration into the Amazon Web Service management console is pretty self explanatory. It enables administrators to create storage buckets and upload new files straight from the console.
Less straightforward, and more interesting, is that Import/Export tool. Amazon S3 customers load their data onto a portable storage device, ship it off to AWS, and wait for them to put the data into the cloud. Once that’s accomplished, they mail you back the device. For the sake of security, the storage device needs to contain a unique signature file before they do the transfer.
If other cloud platforms do something similar, I’ve never heard of it — and it’s that kind of lateral thinking around the problem of uploading huge chunks of data to the cloud that makes Amazon Web Services worth watching closely.