JungleDisk [via] is a cross-platform (Windows / OS X / Linux) free beta program that lets you use Amazon S3 as an iDisk equivalent — that is, transparently accessible encrypted off-site file storage for $0.15 per GB-month of storage and $0.20 per GB of bandwidth (billed directly by Amazon).
There are several alternatives we are considering as well [short of royalties from Amazon], but it’s safe to assume that:
- There won’t be a subscription fee to Jungle Disk itself.
- A basic level of functionality will always be free. We aren’t going to lock anyone out of their data!
In addition, we’ve published open source code that demonstrates how Jungle Disk stores and retrieves data from S3. Several other developers are already planning on making their S3 utilities Jungle Disk-compatible.
That’s huge. Much more interesting, and reliable, than the Gmail filesystem hacks. (Well, yeah, less free, too. But that’s why it’s more reliable.) And I’m still wondering why Amazon didn’t release such a program themselves right away — maybe they saved that for later, rolling out S3 more progressively by initially targeting web developers?