AMAZON HAS A new service that makes Google Fiber seem slow. And it rides on 18 wheels. Yes, today’s speediest internet connections make it faster to download movies than to go to the store and buy them.
But downloading or uploading truly large amounts of data can still take days, months, or even years—think a film studio’s entire video archives or the satellite imagery collections of government agencies. That lag is a problem for Amazon, which wants companies to store their information in its lucrative cloud.
But it’s also a natural one for Amazon—a logistics company at heart—to solve. So this week the company announced one of its strangest ideas yet: a tractor trailer that will transport your data to Amazon’s own data centers. (Insert information superhighway joke here.)