Amazon Gets A Warp Drive
The one rule of computing is that you can never get fast enough. Ever on the quest for more speed, Amazon introduced AWS Import/Export for S3 to make sizeable data transfers faster and easier to perform. Customers benefit from a speedier service to get their data into Amazon's buckets.
We first covered this service when a limited trial emerged last summer. It has taken a fair time to make it to prime time, and the list of requirements (below) has eased a bit, allowing companies to bring their USB 2.0 drives to the party.
Bring Your Hardware
Knowing that if you want to do anything quickly with computers, you avoid the Internet, Amazon has set up Import/Export as a physical service. This means the enterprise with the data puts it on an eSATA or USB 2.0 portable hard drive or rack storage with up to 4TB of data.
They then courier the drive over to their nearest Amazon center, where it is plugged in and the data is whipped over to the company's Amazon S3 bucket. Even with the fastest Internet connections, taking a drive over could well be a lot faster for the amounts of data that Amazon users work with.
There are a wide number of possible uses for this service with data migrations and disaster recovery scenarios being the most likely. Users can also migrate data to their new cloud storage services. Charges are US$ 80 per device and US$ 2.49 per hour of data transfer. The service is available in the US or Europe (with drives going to Amazon's Ireland base).
Enterprise users with Amazon accounts can sign up for the Import/Export service here. Amazon Web Services has also added support for Amazon S3 in the AWS Management Console. The console helps users figure out their compute, storage and other resources via a web-based interface, to keep an eye on those essential numbers.