Amazon S3 is storage for the Internet. Secure, reliable and cheap, it can be used to store any amount of data, at any time, and retrieve it from anywhere on the web. There is no sign-up fee and you pay only for the storage you actually use.
In the new build of Cardbox that is released today, we have incorporated the following features to make use of S3:
The Cardbox Server (used in multi-user and networking systems) can be configured to back up your databases automatically, at specified intervals, to your S3 storage space. There is no interruption in service during a backup, because the Cardbox Server can back up a database even if it is in use. You can have a single backup copy of the latest version of each database, or you can have a separate backup made each time that the database has changed.
Cardbox itself has a new command that lets you view your S3 storage space and upload, download or delete files. Apart from managing the Cardbox Server’s backups, this also allows you to make backups of files on your own computer.
Cardbox’s VBScript macro system has been expanded to allow you to manage your S3 storage space programmatically. This offers interesting prospects for the future: for instance, a photographic database that stores and displays each photograph at a reasonable screen resolution while the original full-resolution images are held in an archive on S3.