Amazon Debuts Online Storage Service
Posted on March 16, 2006Amazon.com has debuted an online storage service called A3. The service a pay for what you use pricing model. You pay $0.15 per GB-Month of storage used and $0.20 per GB of data transferred. Here are some of the features of A3.
- Write, read, and delete objects containing from 1 byte to 5 gigabytes of data each. The number of objects you can store is unlimited.
- Each object is stored and retrieved via a unique, developer-assigned key.
- Authentication mechanisms are provided to ensure that data is kept secure from unauthorized access. Objects can be made private or public, and rights can be granted to specific users.
- Uses standards-based REST and SOAP interfaces designed to work with any Internet-development toolkit.
- Built to be flexible so that protocol or functional layers can easily be added. Default download protocol is HTTP. A BitTorrent protocol interface is provided to lower costs for high-scale distribution. Additional interfaces will be added in the future.