The Amazon Web Services Developer Connection site has a great tutorial that will show you how to Mount Amazon S3 as a File System in Amazon EC2. S3 is Amazon’s distributed storage service and EC2 is their distributed, virtualized server solution. In the past it was difficult to have persistent storage in EC2, but now using S3, persistent storage is possible. It is critical that Amazon continues to be very aggressive in educating its potential user base, especially as it updates the services. The company is in a position where as time goes on more and more of what I’d refer to as ‘tech laymen’ will have real use for especially the distributed storage service, but first they have to understand just how it can benefit them.