As a designer, web developer, and techie-geek, I need a versatile and robust data storage solution that I can afford, but also use without learning some new language. So far, I’ve only found one service that can handle the large majority of my needs. This article covers how I use the Amazon Web Services Simple Storage Service (AWS S3) to meet most of my needs.
AWS S3 is Amazon’s cloud storage solution. It’s versatile, reliable, fast, and scalable to fit almost anyone’s needs. Of course with a service that sounds this great you would expect it to be expensive but it’s actually the most affordable storage solution I’ve found on the web, considering the features you get.
AWS S3 is intended for developers, but thanks to some great tools, it’s easy enough for just about anyone to use. Before I get into how I use AWS S3, I want to mention that this storage solution doesn’t use the traditional file structure of folders/files, etc. Instead AWS S3 uses “buckets” in which you store objects. The tools I use make AWS S3 appear to be a normal file system with the exception of “buckets”. Think of a bucket as a separate hard drive where you’ll store your files. You might also want to read the Amazon S3 page on Wikipedia. So let’s get on with how I use AWS S3.
AWS S3 + Jungle Disk
I probably use Jungle Disk the most often because it makes it easy to use and manage my AWS S3 buckets, perform automated backups and centralize my data for access anywhere, at any time. When you use Jungle Disk with your AWS S3 account, you decide which of your individual buckets Jungle Disk can mount as a network drive. Then, you have drag-and-drop access to your AWS S3 files! Jungle Disk also encrypts your files, so they’re safe and secure.