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Backup Content with Amazon AWS S3
Have you got any backups of your content?
You have? Great. (You haven't? Shit happens, lose your content, your paperwork and you lose your ability to make money from it. Backup matters).
Are they online? No? This is for you. Also, Yes? This might be cheaper :-)
You might have heard that Amazon look after the data of huge multinational companies, which they do. But they will also look after your data for very cheap.
Adult Friendly Content Rules - Basically their only rule about content is, "must be legal". Legal porn is fine.
The notes below are based on you using it to :-
- Backup content
- and never touch it again unless shit happens and you need it.
Warning - If you try and use it as a sort of hard drive, sending working files up and down to it, it will get really expensive, really fast.
Just create a free account on Amazon AWS
Service - S3
Create a Bucket.
Click the bucket name, and you get a nice clean file upload/download interface.
To upload a huge file to my site, via FTP, takes about 1 hour per GB, so, usually I run it overnight.
To upload to S3 - 5GB an hour when I was still using the Internet. Nearer 10GB an hour when left to get on with it.
Basically it seems able to use most of my available upstream Broadband. (I have a 200Mb down / 20Mb up connection).
Downloading 10GB, 7 minutes.
Default access settings mean that only you can access the Bucket or it's contents.
WARNING - you might think - "I know, I could upload all the shared content raw footage for my fellow performers to grab". And you could.
- Just be aware that a lot of "Big company data breach" headlines are caused by, "they left their bucket accessible to world+dog". Like this - sugarbabies, bears et al interesting dating sites data left open to all...
- AND, it's YOU who will pay for all the downloads.
Asking people to give you empty thumb drives and stamped addressed envelopes is still the cheapest way of sharing if you haven't got a server and don't trust Dropbox.
It's CHEAP - Provided you only use it as backup storage.
Uploading - free for the data, but beware of the PUT, POST, COPY, LIST fees.
Most people should be able to stay inside the Free Tier PPCL fees for content uploaded as they make it, but if you have a lot of existing content you'll probably get billed if you add it all in the same month. FYI I uploaded 10GB and generated 700 PUTs. Monthly free allowance 2000.
Storage - use Glacial costs approx $1 per month per TERABYTE, ie for 1000GB, so plenty for most people :-) It is pure backup - takes a couple of days to get the files back when you need them.
Downloading - THIS is where Amazon make their money. Seems to be about $100 per TB all in. Which is fine if it's a one off, "OMG my content is all fucked, thank God I can pay to pull it off Amazon", but if you start using it like a virtual hard drive, well, much cheaper to buy a proper one.
UPDATE - 17 June 2020
Dropbox have announced a Secure Vault feature. Very few details at the moment, but might be able to be used in a similar way.