Just this week I was reading up on two of my hosting providers; smugmug for photographs and videos, and respositoryhosting.com for source control and project tracking. It occurred to me that both companies keep massive uptime and costs to a minimum by using cloud computing technologies. The provider for both being Amazon Web Services.
The CEO of SmugMug Don MacAskill writes a blog, and a long while ago wrote an entry titled “Amazon S3: Show me the Money”. This is a great post about how Amazon S3 has saved SmugMug Millions. Also note, the blog entry is from 2006, so I’d assume that they’ve saved millions more since then!
The other site, repositoryhosting.com provides source control via Subversion, Mercurial, or Git. I’ve started using Git and Mercurial more and more, and with my previous host just had Git and Subversion. Don’t get me wrong, my previous source control host was awesome but I really needed access to Mercurial for various reasons. One thing that my previous source control host, Unfuddle, and my current new host have in common is they use EC2 and S3 features of Amazon Web Services!