Over the weekend I copied a bunch of photos, MP3s, documents and video clips to my Zonbu from a portable USB hard drive.
I did this principally to see how the Zonbu would handle my USB devices (USB HD – Yes, USB Key – Yes, USB CF reader – Not so much), as well as to put various kinds of content in to my S3 folder to test load speeds/response times etc.
I noticed last night, before I shut down, that only a small percentage, maybe 20% of the files that I had put on my Zonbu had replicated up to my S3 account (when looking via the web login to my space at http://www.zonbu.com)…
Are we there yet? Are we there yet?
I took the Zonbu to work and left it on all day.
I have much faster connectivity there so I just assumed my file synch would complete.
It doesn’t appear that it has. I checked a few moments ago and a whole directory is still missing (the Video directory).
Now these were not a lot of files I added, nor were they huge.
Using the ‘du -k’ command in a terminal it looks like my entire Documents tree (which includes all the hidden settings folders etc) is 411MB.
Not tiny but not outrageous ether. I’m surprised it didn’t finish synching yet.
Come to think of it, this is especially odd since the Video directory is a stock directory on the Zonbu and all I did was add files to it.
Wait, is that maybe the issue? Is the Video directory, for some reason, set NOT to replicate up to S3? That doesn’t seem to make sense. The Photo directory replicated my additions.
Hmm, do any readers want to comment about their experience so far with the replication function?
Speed tests in the future
I wil break out the stop watch to test the speed of opening documents that exist only in the S3 storage space, in another post, with the caveat that response time will vary wildly based on your broadband connection.
Not only is raw capacity important, but also the path and latency to the S3 servers from your location. We’ll explore this more in that post.
It is very early in my testing of the S3 storage and I was hoping that it would be so seamless and transparent that I wouldn’t need to be rigorous with any tests. It appears all is not well or at least all is not as I would expect.
I’ll do some research and see what I can find out and what a reasonable expectation is. It wouldbe nice if there was a progress bar/app in the panel to tell me what is going on with the S3 synch.
I know my Mom isn’t going to wait 2 days for her photos to replicate.