In this post we will discuss the advantages of storing media content of your
website on Amazon S3 and how CloudBerry Explorer can help.
If you want to learn how to get your Amazon S3 account you can read our
previous post here
One of the typical ways to improve scalability of high traffic website is to
serve it contents from several web servers. For example you may want to store
your html files and dynamic script files at http://www.mysite.com/ while
multimedia content such as images, video and audio files at
http://media.mysite.com/ This way all request for html pages will go to first
sever and requests for media content will go to the second one allowing each
server to perform better under high load.
Let’s see how you can employ Amazon S3 as your second server. Amazon S3
offers you unlimited scalability and pay as you go model. You pay only for
what ac... (more)
CloudBerry Lab has released CloudBerry Explorer v1.7, a freeware application
that allows users to manage files in Amazon S3 buckets just as they would on
their local computers.
CloudBerry Explorer allows end users to accomplish simple tasks without
special technical knowledge, automate time-consuming tasks to improve
With CloudBerry Explorer, Amazon S3 becomes an extension to your local
storage. You are no longer limited to the classic data storage on your local
drive(s). With CloudBerry Explorer, you can move files to Amazon S3 just as
easily as managing them on ... (more)
In one of our previous posts we discussed how to enable Amazon S3 logging
with CloudBerry Explorer. You can also check out how to enable S3 logging
here. In this blog we will discuss how to actually view the log files.
Amazon S3 log files come in their proprietary formats, what’s more under
certain circumstances one log record can show up in two log files at the same
time, which makes the reconciliation process rather difficult. Besides, there
are not very many tools around there that could help you to view the log
files in the meaningful way.
Now comes SiSense Prism, which i... (more)
Most of popular web server support serving contents using gzip, at the same
time most popular web browsers recognize GZIP header and decompress the files
on the fly.
Even though Amazon S3 has most of the feature of a full-fledged web server,
it lacks supporting GZIP in a transparent way. In other way you have to
manually compress the files using GZIP and setup the Content-encoding header
Why should I care about GZIP?
Well, first of all GZIP helps you to serve your web content faster. HTML
pages being a simple text files can compress up to 20% of the original size
and t... (more)
CloudBerry Explorer freeware is a powerful Windows program that helps to
manage all aspects of Amazon S3 storage. Many people use Amazon S3 to host
their media content or entire websites to offload static content from their
web servers, increase scalability or deal with so called TechCrunch effect,
when after publishing a review on a popular website such as TechCrunch the
number of visitors suddenly jumps tenfold.
One of the things that have been successfully employed by professional
webmasters to improve scalability and lower the web server load is content
caching. Content cachi... (more)