Amazon Speeds Up Data Transfer for S3 Storage

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2010-06-10 Print this article Print

AWS Import/Export speeds up the movement of large amounts of data into and out of the Amazon Web Services platform by using portable storage devices for transport, says.

Amazon Web Services, which had the online storage market largely to itself back in 2006 and 2007 but is seeing a lot of new competitors, is spiffing up the data transfer apparatus for its Simple Storage Service. on June 10 launched AWS Import/Export for S3 to accelerate data transfers and migrations.

AWS Import/Export speeds up the process of moving large amounts of data into and out of AWS by using portable storage devices for transport, the company said. For large data sets, AWS Import/Export is designed to be significantly faster than [standard] Internet transfer and more cost-effective than upgrading a network infrastructure, the company said.

As with all AWS services, users pay only for the resources they use. Pricing includes fees for each storage device used and for the number of hours it takes to load the data (data-loading-hours), Amazon said.

U.S. pricing for AWS Import/Export is as follows: For device handling, $80 per storage device handled; for data loading, $2.49 per data-loading-hour (partial data-loading-hours being billed as full hours); and for data wiping, $2.49 per data-wiping-hour (partial data-wiping-hours being billed as full hours).

AWS also announced new support for Amazon S3 in the AWS Management Console. The AWS Management Console provides management of compute, storage and other AWS cloud resources through a point-and-click, Web-based interface.

S3 users can now create buckets, upload objects and set access controls, all from a browser and without writing code, Amazon said. For more information, go here.

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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