[FoRK] Amazon S3 storage service
Mark Neely <
mpn at infolution.com.au
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Tue Mar 14 15:50:02 PST 2006
>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?
Actually, it dove-tails quite well with their business model.
Amazon is preparing to launch a digital content store (music +
videos) to rival iTunes. It has to do this - 70% of its revenue still
comes from CDs, books + DVDs. If the market shifts to digital (as it
is), and it doesn't go with it, then it dies.
Now that consumers are getting comfortable with digital content,
there is a new market opportunity: offering safe storage services.
I'd wager that every one on this list has had a HDD crash at one time
or another. If you've invested significant $ into digital content,
you'd be willing to pay a bit more to know it will still be
accessible even if your primary storage/playback device dies.
Hence off-site storage services. If you buy the content from Amazon,
it makes sense you'd also trust them to store a back-up copy for you.
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