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Link Amazon Announces Reduced Redundancy Storage (Hint: We don’t use it)

Amazon just announced Reduced Redundancy Storage, designed to provide 99.99% durability. We don’t use that version of Amazon S3. We use the version of Amazon S3 that provides 99.999999999% durability and can sustain the concurrent loss of data in two facilities. The exciting part of the news for us is not the reduced redundancy storage; [...]

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Link Freemium did not work for Phanfare

Fred Wilson of Union Square Venture is a big proponent of the freemium business model on the internet. He recently reiterated that when it comes to delivering media on the net, freemium is a great way to go. Fred originally endorsed Freemium back in March of 2006. I have a tremendous amount of respect for [...]

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Link Kindle iPhone app is a great complement to the Kindle

Amazon recently released a Kindle iPhone app that allows you to read any book that you have purchased. You can use the app without owning a Kindle or in addition to the Kindle. Where the app really shines is using it in addition to the Kindle. Reading on the iPhone for long periods of time [...]

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Link Surviving an Amazon S3 outage

We use Amazon S3 to store our 80 terabytes of photos and videos. We like the service and it works well. Yesterday, it went down for nearly 8 hours. And during that time, we were mostly up. Cloud computing is all the rage, but sometimes, the weather is really bad and you can’t see the [...]

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Link A cautionary tale about maintaining data at home

It should come as no surprise to anyone that I rely on Phanfare to safeguard my photos and videos. They live happily in the cloud, in their original sizes and quality and I access them from wherever I need. I strongly believe in cloud computing. I think personal computers (Windows and Mac OS) are difficult [...]

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Link Google App Engine vs. Amazon Web Services

We use Amazon’s S3 storage service here at Phanfare and love it. I especially like that while we are leveraging Amazon’s cost position and development budget, we could probably swap out the service for a competitive service or our own service if we really had to. Google’s new App Engine offering, which gives you a [...]

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Link Selling Music in the World of Free

Although Apple is having good success selling music online, there has long been serious concern within the industry that with DRM disappearing the business of selling music is going the way of the dodo bird as online sales are not keeping up with the declining physical sales. Fred Wilson eagerly awaits the day when all [...]

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Link The Golden Age of Hosted Services

When Mark Heinrich and I started our last company in 1999 we rented space and a network drop at Exodus data center in Jersey City. We bought servers, racked them, and installed a bunch of equipment at the office, including a phone switch and an email server. At the time, most small businesses without engineers [...]

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Link Phanfare now backing up photos and videos to Amazon S3

I am happy to announce that we have moved our backups to Amazon’s Simple Storage Service, known as S3. All current backups go to S3 and we are copying over historical data. We currently have about 20 terabytes at Amazon and will have about 40 terabytes when all the data is moved over. We also [...]

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