Amazon has developed a service to enable organisations to upload vast quantities of data into its cloud computing service without having to rely on an internet connection.
According to the Amazon web services blog, "It would take over 80 days to upload just 1TB of data over a T1 connection."
To overcome this bottleneck, Amazon is providing a service which allows users to ship disc drives to the company, where it can be uploaded onto the S3 storage cloud.
Amazon said, "Our new AWS Import/Export service allows you to ship your data to us. This service is now in a limited beta . We will take your storage device, load the data into a designated S3 bucket, and send your hardware back to you. The data load takes place in a secure facility with a high bandwidth, low-latency connection to Amazon S3. Once the data has been loaded in to S3, you can process it on EC2, and then store the results anywhere you would like."
The AWS Import/Export service is aimed at users who have terabytes and petabytes of data. Amazon has been steadily pushing its cloud computing infrastructure, to make it cheaper for users to access. Last month, it offered low-cost computing for students via the Amazon cloud.