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Amazon lures web developers with Simple Storage Service

Amazon Web Service launched a new service called S3 - Simple Storage Service - yesterday (opens in new tab). In its simplest form, it is a developer-oriented storage service backend that is cheap, quick and efficient.

Unfortunately, you won't be able to store your personal files on this online vault yet, but you will be able to do much more - provided you abide by the terms and conditions set by Amazon. The first thing one will have to bear in mind is that it is a back end service, rather than the usual web hosting.

What Amazon S3 offers is a whole new category of storage that puts many application hosting providers to shame. You will be able to store up to 5GB on their servers and they may or may not be shared.

Prices are significantly lower than anywhere else, transferring and storing 1TB of data once for a year would cost you $2K for one year, which is cheap, much cheaper than if you were to set up one yourself.

Already some are thinking about whether Amazon which owns Alexa, is going to combine the Websearch services from Alexa and S3 into a souped-up, on-steroids personal Google.

It doesn't take a rocket scientist to foresee that someone may come up with a maxi-mashup including Amazon and other freely available APIs to produce something that may even match Google or Yahoo in terms of features.

Désiré Athow
Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.