[FoRK] Amazon S3 storage service

J. Andrew Rogers < andrew at ceruleansystems.com > on > Tue Mar 14 11:41:45 PST 2006

On Mar 14, 2006, at 10:58 AM, Luis Villa wrote:
> If people can't save to it directly they'll forget about it very
> quickly. It really needs to be transparent in every operation the OS
> does, ideally. That's why FUSE backed to amazon for extra space (or
> even just transparently backed up space) seems like a very interesting
> concept. Add revisioning built into the filesytem (either at the FUSE
> or Amazon/web-service level) and things could get very interesting
> very fast.


Anything that does not look/act like the local disk file system is  
difficult to sell, and difficult for the users to use in practice.   
Real transparency is the most complicated part of implementation in  
all likelihood, unfortunately.

Versioning/revisioning is very good for at least three reasons:

1)  Users love it and want it.
2)  It inherently sells more storage space, and you charge by the GB- 
3)  Performant distributed concurrency control will require it under  
the hood as a practical matter anyway, so it could be just a matter  
of exposing a native capability.

J. Andrew Rogers

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