[FoRK] Amazon S3 storage service

Stephen D. Williams < sdw at lig.net > on > Tue Mar 14 10:08:31 PST 2006

This kind of capability stands in stark contrast to the high premium for 
storage paid for infrastructure based on EMC and other fibre-channel SAN 

I can think of a couple applications right away.  It is threatening to 
distract me from current projects, but I'm resisting so far. ;-)


J. Andrew Rogers wrote:
> On Mar 14, 2006, at 8:48 AM, Luis Villa wrote:
>> So, I think this looks really useful, but I can't imagine how in the
>> hell this fits with Amazon's business model. Anyone? Anyone?
> While I am surprised to see Amazon so early out of the gate, this is a 
> service that a lot of companies are actively looking at offering even 
> though it has little or nothing to do with their core business.
> The business reasoning is pretty simple:  companies like Amazon have 
> to purchase large quantities of excess capacity in data centers that 
> generally never gets used but which have considerable CapEx overhead.  
> The ability to sell that excess capacity into a predictable 
> low-priority market for a huge markup (as is the case here based on 
> the prices) is pretty close to being a source of "free money" for 
> companies, exploiting previously unexploited assets with very little 
> overhead.
> The problem, and therefore business opportunity, is software 
> components that allow the end user to fully take advantage of these 
> resources for sale.  I've been looking into this for quite a while 
> now, but have been too distracted to make much headway.
> J. Andrew Rogers
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