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Leon Brocard (aka acme) is an orange-loving Perl eurohacker with many varied contributions to the Perl community, including the GraphViz module on the CPAN. YAPC::Europe was all his fault. He is still looking for a Perl Monger group he can start which begins with the letter 'D'.

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Sunday September 10, 2006
01:23 AM

Amazon Web Services

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It was quite short notice (and on a Saturday!) but Jeff Barr presented a talk on Amazon Web Services to yesterday. It was a good run through the many services that Amazon can provide to programmers. Many people were convinced to back photos up to S3 instead of tape and were intrigued by the compute cloud. Recently I have been saying that I'm mostly IO-bound, not CPU-bound, but I realise I've been wrong: with EC2 and S3 the balance changes. I have some ideas and I'll benchmark some interesting things later on. Thanks Jeff!
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  • The question then becomes HOW to back up the photos...

    Is there a simple usable program you/he recommend(ed)?

    • At the moment I'd say the tools aren't entirely there. I do quite like [] for inspecting S3 but otherwise it's not amazing. I just knocked up something which uses Net::Amazon::S3.
    • I wonder whether Brackup []’s usable yet… Brad’s not touched it since spring, which means either it works well enough to scratch his itch or he got sidetracked.

    • S3Backup ( is one possible answer, but only available for Linux and Windows. Jungle Disk ( is another. My plan is to see if I can make that work with Adobe Lightroom's library feature, so I can search my archive locally, but pull the images from S3 if I need them. - Neil.
  • Or, instead of paying Amazon, use rsnapshot, which also doesn't use tape. Tape bad.
    • The difference being that rsnapshot doesn't come with bundled enterprise grade disaster planning.

      The main reason I'm interested in S3 is I'm a shit sysadmin who avoids having to control my own physical resources, and if Amazon trusts S3 enough to put their OWN data inside of it, then I'm willing to slap an "Enterprise-Grade Backup" mental sticker on it and trust it with my stuff too.

      That's not to say I necesarily trust them to keep it always secret (although Brackup might go a bit far to prevent it in that
      • I used to be all paranoid about how safe my backups were. Then I realised that if my house burns down, I've got bigger things to worry about than the fact that I didn't have backups safely squirrelled away on another continent.

        Anyway, everything important is backed up on the CPAN.