JungleDisk and Amazon S3

Yesterday I read a post on 43Folders about having a paperless office. It also mentioned a very affordable and hassle-free way to backup the data on your computer. Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) and JungleDisk provide such a solution. JungleDisk is a utility for Mac OS X that interfaces with Amazon S3. You can configure it to automatically synchronize certain folders on your computer at a time of your choosing. To give you an idea of how cheap it is, here is their pricing:

$0.15 per GB-Month of storage used

Data Transfer
$0.10 per GB – all data transfer in$0.18 per GB – first 10 TB / month data transfer out
$0.16 per GB – next 40 TB / month data transfer out
$0.13 per GB – data transfer out / month over 50 TB

$0.01 per 1,000 PUT or LIST requests
$0.01 per 10,000 GET and all other requests*
* No charge for delete requests

To give you an idea, I backed up all of my personal files; iTunes library, photos, documents, and emails, which is about 8.07GB of data, and it cost me $1.15. I think that might even be in USD, so really, I’m paying probably $0.02CAD by the time I get the bill.

If you’re looking for a hassle-free, dirt cheap(I even told Jake I think dirt is more expensive) way to backup your data, I definitely recommend this solution.

UPDATE: Fixed some formatting on the price list. Thanks Phil for pointing it out.

0 thoughts on “JungleDisk and Amazon S3

  1. Interesting stuff, especially your own personal quote. I suppose you ran this over a decent network for an initial sync. Unfortunately, my /home/jbillo (and respectively \\server\jbillo) directories are 26.75GB – that’s without music, which would add another ~60GB to the total. Anything important is in my Gmail account or personal web hosting anyways, and Windows Home Server replicates the information onto two drives so I have an on-site backup.

    I might suggest it for clients, though, if there’s a comparable solution for Windows.

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