S3 and CloudFront configuration frustration

It turns out that the interaction between S3, CloudFront, and Route53 can be bumpy when setting up buckets as CDN origins. It’s apparently expected that a CloudFront URL will read data from the wrong bucket URL and redirect browsers there for the first hour or more. The message from AWS is “just wait,” which makes for a crappy experience.

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ExpanDrive FTP/SFTP/Amazon S3 Client

ExpanDrive makes FTP, SFTP, and Amazon S3 connectivity dead easy.

ExpanDrive acts just like a USB drive plugged into your Mac. Open, edit, and save files to remote computers from within your favorite programs—even when they are on a server half a world away. ExpanDrive enhances every single application on your computer by transparently connecting it to remote data.

Amazon’s Simple Storage Service

Ryan Eby got me excited about S3 a while ago when he pointed out this post on the Amazon web services blog and started talking up the notion of building library-style digital repositories.

I’m interested in the notion that storage is being offered as a commodity service, where it used to be closely connected to servers and bought (and wasted) in chunks. With S3, you can build a simple application that runs anywhere, store your big data in S3, pay for what you use, and expand (or contract) as you need to.

It’ll take a while but this could really change our application and system design. I’m just interested in seeing what comes of it.