I'm sure S3 uses replication while Go Daddy performs nightly backups, but I'll probably only back up at most once a day anyway.
Tuesday, October 10, 2006
Jeremy and Dave figured out backing up to Amazon S3 is cheaper than running your own server. S3 charges $0.15/GB/month storage and an additional $0.20/GB transfer. On the other hand, Go Daddy only charges $0.06/GB/month storage, and you get 2 terabytes/month transfer for free. Jeremy calculated S3 will cost him $1,688 for 5 years. Go Daddy would only cost $719.40, a savings of $968.60, more than half. This doesn't even count the cost of restoring from an S3 backup: $25 for Jeremy's current 125 GB vs. free for Go Daddy. And Go Daddy supports a fairly widely adopted API: FTP.