From @urnix on Wed Apr 20 2016 09:53:08 GMT+0000 (UTC)
The project on which I’m working on is a web application deployed on AWS EC2 and it working with a large number of images hosted on AWS S3.
I would use IPFS in this project, to quickly deliver the images to users. But there is one problem.
If I understand correctly, when I add files to IPFS, their contents copied to
~/.ipfs/blocks, occupying in this folder as much disk space as the source files. In my case, all the files (and they are many) that now lie on the S3 will be duplicated on EC2 - it does not suit me.
Question - S3 may be used as a repository of files and not duplicate the contents?
How I see it - on EC2 installed IPFS and my application and when IPFS-users request a specific file, its contents are taken from the S3.
I could not find the exact answer in the documentation. If somebody has same problem, how do you solved it?
Copied from original issue: https://github.com/ipfs/faq/issues/111