S3stat announces Self-Managed mode

About twice a week, I'll get an email from somebody asking "why does S3stat need my AWS Credentials???", followed by an explanation that this individual would be happy to set everything up at his end so that he wouldn't have to hand over sensitive information.

Ok, fine. Enough asking already! You can do that now.

A little background for those of you who couldn't parse a single word of that. S3stat is a service we built that provides Amazon S3 and Cloudfront Analytics. For five bucks a month, we'll set up logging on your cloud stuff, and every night we'll process those logs into nice shiny reports and graphs. It's pretty cool. You should go sign up for it!

But here's the deal. To do all that, we pretty much have to pretend we're you. We need you to trust us with your Amazon Web Services credentials so that we can make those changes and process those logs. Most people are fine with that (just like we're fine with handing out our credit card number to buy shoes online), but some organizations simply can't afford to take the risk, regardless of how trustworthy our company is or how nice a guy I seem.

That's fine. But it used to lose us a bit of business.

So now, we're proud to announce "S3stat Self Managed Mode", where you exchange an hour's worth of fiddling around with s3curl for the peace of mind that nobody will be using your bucket to store their vacation photos.

Try it out and let us know what you think!

Jason Kester

I run a little company called Expat Software. Right now, the most interesting things we're doing are related to Cloud Storage Analytics, Online Classrooms, and Customer Lifecycle Metrics for SaaS Businesses. I'll leave it to you to figure out how those things tie together.

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