Moving to Amazon S3

Hi everyone! We've been pretty quiet in the community lately, because we've been knee-deep in a major update of the internal Bandzoogle system. This update is a necessary first step in creating "Bandzoogle 2.0" -- a more flexible and feature rich version of our system including customizable templates, flash elements, and a new music player. Changes to the "guts" of Bandzoogle are usually not newsworthy because they are transparent to our members. This time though, there is an update I'd like to share with you. We will be moving your media files to Amazon S3 in the next few weeks. This new service lets us "rent" Amazon's amazing technology infrastructure -- the same servers that run Amazon.com. What this means for you is that your music and video will be streaming from one of the fastest, most reliable technology platforms in the world! You won't have to do anything to take advantage of this change -- we will be transitioning your files to Amazon over the next few weeks. An additional benefit of moving your media files there is that our servers can be dedicated just to serving your pages, without the load of streaming music. This will speed up the loading time of all of your pages. Thanks again for all your support during this update. If you have any questions, feel free to email me directly (chris@bandzoogle.com) or add a post here.
Posted by Chris on 03/07/2007 | 55 comments

Comments

Racecar
Posted by Racecar on Mar 8 2007 4:46 PM
Good questions AG. Thanks BZ. I know you all are confident in this transfer and feel it's the way to go. I have a feeling it's going to be slammin'!!! I think AG's points are important enough to consider a back up plan if in the event the Amazons go A-Wall on us...;)
djexcel.bandzoogle.com
Posted by djexcel.bandzoogle.com on Mar 7 2007 3:30 AM
great man...when is the whole Custom template idea popping up?
tonightaftermidnight.bandzoogle.com
Posted by tonightaftermidnight.bandzoogle.com on Mar 7 2007 4:25 AM
that soo kick ass! :love::agree::D:D thanks!
UPLIFTED PRODUCTIONS, LLC
Posted by UPLIFTED PRODUCTIONS, LLC on Mar 7 2007 8:49 AM
:D Wow! This sounds great. The upgrades and new customizable templates are going to be a big plus to all of us. Thanks. Beatmaker E.I.
AVIAD COHEN
Posted by AVIAD COHEN on Mar 7 2007 9:19 AM
Nice :) Just like the DJ mentioned prior to me stating it here....do you have an ETA on the new flash and customizable templates features? Glad to see that 2.0 will be coming to fruition (hopefully soon :)
ToWeR 4
Posted by ToWeR 4 on Mar 7 2007 12:00 PM
Sweet stuff man. Dude I want to beat up all of the politicians that made that change to the time zones...
LEAGUE OF EVIL
Posted by LEAGUE OF EVIL on Mar 7 2007 2:22 PM
Bandzoogle 2.0 sounds amazing - we are counting the days until we have a fully customizable webpage. YOur templates are great, but we would love to be able to personalize our page a little more. Good job guys and congrats on the big news.
The Score
Posted by The Score on Mar 7 2007 3:14 PM
:agree: This sounds great!
Carrie Marshall
Posted by Carrie Marshall on Mar 7 2007 3:17 PM
Thanks, guys! Sounds great.
Tom Johnson
Posted by Tom Johnson on Mar 7 2007 3:37 PM
bz rocks
Geno White
Posted by Geno White on Mar 7 2007 3:49 PM
...hot damn man Bandzoogle as a band totally rocks,thanks for all the great updates, Love and Music. GW
sustainedia.bandzoogle.com
Posted by sustainedia.bandzoogle.com on Mar 7 2007 4:27 PM
Tower 4, Are you kidding? We get a few more months with more sunshine. I love it, and I'd think you would in So. Cal!!!!!!!!1
jakobfreely.com
Posted by jakobfreely.com on Mar 7 2007 4:48 PM
Yea I gotta say, once we can fully customize our own sites...to give them our own "stamp," Bandzoogle will take one more step closer to ruling the planet earth. That's the only thing, in my opinion, keeping this service from being absolutely perfect. Viva La Bandzoogle!
Coda Red
Posted by Coda Red on Mar 7 2007 5:02 PM
Thats what I like to hear. Bandzoogle in lightning speed :D
Joe Worrel
Posted by Joe Worrel on Mar 7 2007 5:26 PM
I really like the new control panel and speeding up the load times for pages is cool. I am looking foreword to the custom features you speak about. after turning on several band friends to bandzoogle at times even with your many options you can see a basic theme with all of your templates. I hope this change is coming soon as I have been with bandzoogle now for almost 2 years I need some custom themes for my site. I remember you guys speaking about this over a year ago and I hope it is coming soon. Can you give us any idea of a time frame for this custom set up? I am in no way am griping cause you guys have a great product here or else I would not have over 15 band friends using your system. I look foreword to this change and I hope you can give us more details... Thanks again guys for continuing to improve a great thing!
David Lev
Posted by David Lev on Mar 7 2007 5:48 PM
You know those scenes in bad sci-fi movies from the 1950s? Where they say, "If only they had used their gift for good instead of evil?" Congrats, you did!:D
PROFOUND INTENT
Posted by PROFOUND INTENT on Mar 7 2007 5:54 PM
Great! This is what we ALL have been wanting!
LiMBO Fanspace
Posted by LiMBO Fanspace on Mar 7 2007 7:17 PM
GREAT!! Only been here a couple of weeks and love you guys already!!! :D
JUKE
Posted by JUKE on Mar 7 2007 8:53 PM
hahaha everyday this just gets sweeter and sweeter. Is there a projected date for the 2.0 version?
bzchris.bandzoogle.com
Posted by bzchris.bandzoogle.com on Mar 7 2007 9:10 PM
Hi guys, There are too many factors that could alter the date so I can't set one in stone. I can only say both Eli and Colin are working full time on this project. We're also hiring a new full time designer to make it happen (http://www.bandzoogle.com/jobs.cfm )
Late Child
Posted by Late Child on Mar 7 2007 10:37 PM
I like the idea of customizable templates and new music player:) great work guys Papa J
SEEDUS
Posted by SEEDUS on Mar 7 2007 11:27 PM
Moving upward is always an exciting motion. Thank you.
bigzekeproductions.bandzoogle.com
Posted by bigzekeproductions.bandzoogle.com on Mar 7 2007 11:30 PM
I am really excited about this new change. Keep up the great work!
The Fabulous Shades
Posted by The Fabulous Shades on Mar 7 2007 11:57 PM
This is great news, You guys just keep getting better! Thanks, DJ TFS
splints.bandzoogle.com
Posted by splints.bandzoogle.com on Mar 8 2007 12:00 AM
awesome
I'mYourBeatmaker.com
Posted by I'mYourBeatmaker.com on Mar 8 2007 12:03 AM
That is awesome news! Thanks for the update.
American Gypsy
Posted by American Gypsy on Mar 8 2007 4:47 AM
Chris: I do believe this is "good news". But, and here I go again, I have to ask some questions. What does this mean in the way of "dependence" on an outside service (Amazon) as far as your span of control? Is something happens to Amazon, what will the impact on BZ be? [On the brighter side]...Will this make things any easier for those of us who already have streaming or sales offerings on Amazon? I always appreciate every single effort you and your staff make to provide us with the "best". But, I have to ask these kind of questions as I've been at this a long time. Peace, Dreaminghawk
Soundscaper
Posted by Soundscaper on Mar 8 2007 11:29 AM
Don't quite understand it fully but it sounds great if the pages are going to load faster, thanks bandzoogle
Toppas Wit Choppas Entertainment
Posted by Toppas Wit Choppas Entertainment on Mar 8 2007 11:52 AM
:D that sound great! When is the new version going to be activated?
  STAGECOACH
Posted by STAGECOACH on Mar 8 2007 3:36 PM
Sounds Great!!!
RACECAR
Posted by RACECAR on Mar 8 2007 4:46 PM
Good questions AG. Thanks BZ. I know you all are confident in this transfer and feel it's the way to go. I have a feeling it's going to be slammin'!!! I think AG's points are important enough to consider a back up plan if in the event the Amazons go A-Wall on us...;)
My Band Name
Posted by My Band Name on Mar 8 2007 8:40 PM
In response to your questions, American Gypsy: Q: What does this mean in the way of "dependence" on an outside service (Amazon) as far as your span of control? [and] Q: Is something happens to Amazon, what will the impact on BZ be? A: We will still be storing all of your media locally, and we will be able to very easily "flip a switch" to start serving your media off of our servers again. Since you're technically minded, you might be interested in the basics of our implementation of this "switching". Essentially each media file is flagged as being up-to-date on S3, out-of-date, or not uploaded at all. Those that are out-of date or not uploaded to S3 are still served off of our machines. Any encoding and processing is done on our machines as well. If S3 ever did go down for some reason, we could easily just start serving all files off of our servers. S3 is really just an extra layer to reduce traffic on our end and improve performance for streaming media. We aren't really dependent on it at all. Q: [On the brighter side]...Will this make things any easier for those of us who already have streaming or sales offerings on Amazon? A: I don't believe so, no. The S3 service is unrelated to Amazon's storefront.
bzchris.bandzoogle.com
Posted by bzchris.bandzoogle.com on Mar 8 2007 8:51 PM
Fair questions Dreaminghawk. First off, we'll be storing all your media files locally as well as on Amazon. If something "happens" to Amazon, we can just flip a switch and stream them from our servers. Now, the chance of something happening to Amazon is very remote. The way their system works, your media file is spread across hundreds of thousands of server computers. If any one of them fails, the other are there to back it up. We have some "redundancy" in our systems, but not on the massive scale of Amazon. All websites, from tiny personal homepages to Myspace.com rely on some outside companies to provide them with connectivity. There is always some degree of risk when you are banking on that company's existance to support your own. Amazon is a well funded public company with a long (in web terms) track record for reliability. They are really the most reliable place we can put your files -- one of the reasons we are going with them. Moving to Amazon will cost Bandzoogle considerably more than keeping them on our existing servers; we believe that the reliability and performance boost is worth the price. In terms of it affecting sales at Amazon, this is a totally separate thing. We are just renting space with Amazon -- it is not linked to their ecommerce systems. Let me know if you have more questions about this!
bzchris.bandzoogle.com
Posted by bzchris.bandzoogle.com on Mar 8 2007 8:52 PM
oops, we posted at the same time.
Quentin Rodney Reid
Posted by Quentin Rodney Reid on Mar 8 2007 10:08 PM
Thats ok, I understood it better reading it 2 ways. :agree:
American Gypsy
Posted by American Gypsy on Mar 9 2007 1:26 AM
Thanks - both of you! My questions were only based on so darn many years of experiencing even the best one's going either down or in a "different direction" - or selling to a bigger entity. It is not really a matter of "trust"; it's a matter of dependency and control over our own stuff [not to mention having to rebuild or start over]. Your answers are good and I do understand. Thanks for being so direct about it. On a side note, I even tried to set-up American Gypsy on my own server but found out just before going "server" that ComCast will not allow it. And, I'm not quite read to go to a T1 line of my own...:laugh: Again, thanks for all you do and for being so open. Peace, Dreaminghawk
FloMizzle Time
Posted by FloMizzle Time on Mar 9 2007 3:48 PM
I'm really looking forward to this and bandzoogle 2.0
Jackson Hole Rock & Roll Camp
Posted by Jackson Hole Rock & Roll Camp on Mar 9 2007 4:11 PM
Excellent. "Faster" excites us around here.
velveetajones.bandzoogle.com
Posted by velveetajones.bandzoogle.com on Mar 10 2007 5:39 PM
You guys continue to amaze me with your great service, refinements and attention to details. :):):):)
Busted Knuckles
Posted by Busted Knuckles on Mar 10 2007 7:11 PM
sweet! you guys rip! keep up the great work! Busted Knuckles:agree:
Andy Calder
Posted by Andy Calder on Mar 11 2007 3:47 PM
Cool! Can't wait for new stuff!
radiom.bandzoogle.com
Posted by radiom.bandzoogle.com on Mar 11 2007 6:26 PM
You guys rock !!!
astrotheband.com
Posted by astrotheband.com on Mar 12 2007 11:35 AM
Great work guys! Thanks HEAPS!!! Keep up the very cool work... Brad
chevry.bandzoogle.com
Posted by chevry.bandzoogle.com on Mar 12 2007 6:12 PM
KEEP BLAZING.
est 1971 GROWN PeoPles Music
Posted by est 1971 GROWN PeoPles Music on Mar 13 2007 3:11 AM
CooL Beans
thecenterstageband.bandzoogle.com
Posted by thecenterstageband.bandzoogle.com on Mar 13 2007 8:03 PM
coolio! i'd like to see more customization.
Gospel Express
Posted by Gospel Express on Mar 14 2007 12:08 AM
Since this new change to Amazon S3 is costing Bandzoogle more money, will this reflect in hosting plans. Will the pro yearly be much more than $200? 'Just curious.
Gary Sappier Experience
Posted by Gary Sappier Experience on Mar 14 2007 3:49 AM
Outta site man!I dig it!
Bobby Soloman Smith
Posted by Bobby Soloman Smith on Mar 14 2007 3:20 PM
you guys rock!!!!!!!!!!!!!:agree::D
 James Sawyer
Posted by James Sawyer on Mar 15 2007 12:52 AM
Giddy up
  BSR
Posted by BSR on Mar 15 2007 3:07 AM
Wow, I am assuming you cats have made the switch, 'cause I just added a few pics and it took like, oh I don't know .0000000000000000000000002 seconds to upload!! BZ Rocks. Period.
Michael Truckpile
Posted by Michael Truckpile on Mar 19 2007 6:27 PM
That's so cool about the customizable templates. I was just day dreaming about you guys making that available yesterday!! no lie! And I was saying to myself, "they'll probably do that soon, because they are so on top of stuff!" and here you are! RAD! thanks guys, great work, and great news about the Amazon servers!!!
CHAPA
Posted by CHAPA on Mar 20 2007 4:19 PM
Thank you guys... This will be extremely helpful... I love the site and how you guys are so involved... I agree with all of these guys about the customer pages... That's the one thing missing... Take care guys... Chapa
SPIRIT AND TRUTH MINISTRIES
Posted by SPIRIT AND TRUTH MINISTRIES on Mar 26 2007 6:20 PM
I thank that is great nes....ROCK ON !!! :)
MARK ZANCA
Posted by MARK ZANCA on Mar 28 2007 4:43 PM
Sounds wicked guys! Can't wait!