The success of Amazon Web Services creates a market for new services. One example is Aspera, which offers a patented technology for big datasets.
A growing need to tranfer really big data to the cloud
One challenge for would-be users of the Amazon Web Services is how to get big data that is right now residing on your server into the cloud. A company that offers an innovative service in this space is Aspera.
They have patented a technology to turbo-charge transfer protocols - thus providing fast throughput for bulky transfers. The technology to do this is called asp(™). Our guess would be that they use special network protocols to ensure that the packets put through this pipe are reaching the destination with lower latency, each one getting a special "priority flag" while in transit.
Big bandwidth has a price tag
What is interesting here, they charge for this service. Currently the fixed costs per subscriber are 750 per month (25 a day) with an additional charge for the actual transfer ($0.15/GB). These charges come on top of what AWS charges for the use of it's platform.
The service is aimed primarily at customers with high data throughput needs, such as video services or media asset management. Even more interesting is that the actual billing is done through Amazon (Aspera has probably found that the billing system from the bookstore is quite sophisticated).
The service will be launching end of September 2011, interested companies can contact the company via the web page below.