Tuesday, August 12, 2008

A Poor Man's Amazon S3 Storage

Amazon has a very useful online storage system called S3. Cucku allows you to turn your home computer or the computer of someone you know into a personal version of Amazon's S3. While I may not use this for high-value content, it certainly is an effective means for creating an off-site backup.

Cucku is not the first application to allow this type of work to be done. What I like about Cucku is that it's easy to use, secured, and includes built-in backups. There are plenty of secure connections -- VPNs -- and plenty of backup systems, but not many easy-to-use combinations of the two. With hard drive space being plentiful and home Internet access fast, Cucku makes a lot of sense for the cash-strapped school. Just make sure there is no policy about staff taking school data off-site before starting a backup routine.

Cucku is also a great solution for backing up laptops. One interesting point is that Cucku uses Skype for transferring files. That's a creative way to utilizes a dependable peer-to-peer network. It does mean, however, that you will need to have Skype installed. Unfortunately, Cucku only works on XP and Vista.



Anonymous said...

don't quite get how this works, but I'm using SMEStorage.com which is a front end to Amazon S3 and lets you use a rich web interface, iGoogle, Facebook or allows you Iphone access etc - woks great - not sure I'd want to set this up myself....

Karen smith said...

I have cucku - it's been fantastic. I just followed the on screen instructions to install; it introduced me to skype too. I have my laptop backed up to my PC & vice versa. It took away all the worries about losing end of year reports and assessment data. All my pics & music are safe too. BRILLIANT!!

Thane said...

Thanks, Karen. I'm glad to hear that it works as advertised. This is a great solution with some who has extra disk space connected to the Internet.


Thane said...

I've not tried SMEStorage. I have Jungle Disk -- it does what you described -- and I like it. Of course, one never really knows about how good something is until disaster strikes and one gets back all the lost data.