Now out of limited beta, a new service called AWS Import/Export, provides the ability to move your content into and out of the cloud much easier and quicker.
Get to the Clouds, Faster
Amazon AWS users are making ever larger demands on system infrastructure as companies race for the cheaper resources of the cloud. Amazon's latest addition to the many services on offer, boosts the speed with which users can move data about between their home servers and Amazon's buckets via other storage devices.
The "other storage" in this case is standard eSATA rack devices that comply with Amazon's fairly standard list of requirements. The overall result is that companies can move massive amounts of data between their own services and Amazon without going over the Internet for a reasonable cost.
The service has moved from a closed beta to a public test, but is only open to U.S. clients. European support is promised in the coming months. Practical uses of the service include:
Charges are US$ 80 per device and US$ 2.49 per hour of use with standard Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) fees.
Amazon provides a useful calculator for data center owners and enterprises that need to do the math. It can help you work out the cost and determine if it is worth moving data over your current connection or switching to AWS.