I remember as far back as the early 90's, backing up all of my documents and artwork onto big, clunky Syquest disks and having stacks of floppy disks sitting around my office. This media would perpetually fail, so I had to have multiple backups. When CD Drives arrived in the later 90's, I transferred all of that data over to little shiny discs and kept them in a closet in the event of a meltdown. Recently I've kept multiple redundant hard drives and backed up religiously.
That's all over.
Thanks to Amazon S3 and a great little shareware utility called Jungledisk, I can store all of my label documents (art files, documents, music files, data archive) in a completely secure off site environment that can be accessed from anywhere.
How easy? To quote Jungledisk's page:
- Download and install Jungle Disk.
It's available for Windows, Mac, and Linux and only takes a few seconds to install.
- Sign up for Amazon S3™ storage
You can use your existing Amazon.com account! It's free to sign up and you'll only pay for the storage you use.
- Configure Jungle Disk with your Amazon Access Key
It will automatically prompt you the first time you run it.
- Connect to your Jungle Disk
For Windows users, just use the Start Menu shortcut provided. Connecting is easy for Mac and Linux users too.
- Start using your Jungle Disk like a local hard drive!
You can copy files to it using Explorer (or Finder on Mac). When you copy a file to your Jungle Disk it is encrypted and uploaded in the background to the Amazon.com servers.