'Fake S3' app helps developers test AWS offline

Summary:A company has released a free, open-source tool has been released that lets people run a local simulation of Amazon Web Services's simple storage service (S3) offline, making it cheaper to test and develop for the cloud platform.The 'Fake S3' tool was published as a Ruby-on-Rails 'Gem' — a self-contained application — to Github on Wednesday by developers at cloud-based data storage specialists Spool.

A company has released a free, open-source tool has been released that lets people run a local simulation of Amazon Web Services's simple storage service (S3) offline, making it cheaper to test and develop for the cloud platform.

The 'Fake S3' tool was published as a Ruby-on-Rails 'Gem' — a self-contained application — to Github on Wednesday by developers at cloud-based data storage specialists Spool.

"We built Fake S3 to make working with S3 in development and testing environments much easier," Curtis Spencer, Spool's chief technology officer, wrote. "Our goal was to make a self-contained executable that can mimic the majority of S3 REST API with few external dependencies."

The Fake S3 tool simulates AWS's S3 infrastructure on local computers, so developers can test S3 storage architectures without having to access the cloud.

By using Fake S3, Spool was able to save $1,000 (£620) per month in bandwidth by running tests locally. It also saves time as you do not need to wait for assets to upload and download from S3, Spencer wrote.

Topics: Storage

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Jack Clark has spent the past three years writing about the technical and economic principles that are driving the shift to cloud computing. He's visited data centers on two continents, quizzed senior engineers from Google, Intel and Facebook on the technologies they work on and read more technical papers than you care to name on topics f... Full Bio

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