About Amazon S3

Amazon S3 is a simple storage service that helps developers and IT teams store, backup, archive and retrieve data from anywhere across the web. It allows administrators to store data in buckets, append tags to objects, configure access controls for several clients, conduct high-volume data analysis, gain insights into storage usage and gauge trends based on activities.

Features of Amazon S3 include storage management, data analytics, access management, security, data processing, data transfer, multi-factor authentication, and more. It provides replication capabilities, which lets users duplicate data buckets along with respective metadata and tags, improving disaster recovery and compliance management across the organization.


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Features
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Parth
Parth
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  • Industry: Computer Software
  • Company size: 501–1 000 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 9.0 /10

Simple Storage Service: Amazon S3

Reviewed on 2021/12/07

Amazon S3 is appropriate for facilitating any kind of item. Energetically suggested assuming...

Amazon S3 is appropriate for facilitating any kind of item. Energetically suggested assuming previously utilizing with some other AWS administration since combination becomes simpler. It is useful for any association that has a committed IT Department. Not suggested in case the organization doesn't have a group with experience in AWS administrations that screens it since it could wind up being a wreck or costly.

Pros

Exceptionally accessible and repetitive; we don't stress over the assistance having vacation
Basic utilization from various structures utilizing Amazon's SDKs, or roll your own
An enormous number of container approaches and security changes in accordance with tailor use to client needs
Solid reconciliation with the AWS biological system, particularly concerning access consents.
It's astoundingly steady you can believe it'll remain on the web and accessible for anyplace on the planet.
Its static site facilitating highlight is a secret jewel - it gives maybe the least expensive, generally steady, most high-performing static web facilitating accessible in PaaS.

Cons

The entire AWS environment has a great deal of confounding and unintuitive arrangement choices, and S3 is no special case. Fortunately it's entirely comprehensively utilized, to the point that you can dependably observe arrangements on outside destinations like StackOverflow.
Getting IAM consents perfectly for Static Website facilitating require somewhat experimentation since S3 defaults to security rather than open access.

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Google Cloud Storage
Chirag
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  • Industry: Insurance
  • Company size: 51–200 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

Easy data archiving and data governance

Reviewed on 2021/11/08

We use S3 for several things such as archiving unused data from fileserver, storing backups,...

We use S3 for several things such as archiving unused data from fileserver, storing backups, storing logs and more. I love the storage classes offered by S3. We can store data in standard or save costs by storing it in Glacier automatically using easy-to-configure lifecycle management rules. Some of our database backups get stored in S3 in a write-once-read-many model and can't be removed until a certain date has reached. We also enjoy creating rules to move unused data in S3 to cheap Glacier storage. We also have been replicating S3 data to different regions and accounts for additional data safety.

Pros

The most impactful feature of S3 is its immutability. We can put expiration date on stored data and nobody can delete that until the expiration date has passed. That allows backup data to remain secure.

Cons

Amazon doesn't make a desktop client like FileZilla but specifically for S3. While there are desktop clients available, a product from Amazon would be appreciated by non-technical users.

Reasons for Switching to Amazon S3

We decided to migrate our entire infrastructure to Amazon and S3 became a natural choice for us. We felt that Azure was the next closest competitor. Both Amazon and Azure had programmatic methods of storing and accessing objects in S3 and blob storage, respectively. We had prior experience with S3 that made it easy for us to choose S3.
Verified Reviewer
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  • Industry: Marketing & Advertising
  • Company size: 201–500 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 7.0 /10

Amazon S3 for Big data

Reviewed on 2018/12/12

Pros

Amazon S3 is the best file system in the space that deals with Big Data. Amazon S3 is able to host big files in an elastic way without worry about out of space. Amazon S3 assigns user roles to each individual bucket. The administrator can define read and write access policies for the entire bucket.

Cons

The first issue in Amazon S3 is that it does not provide email notification to the users in case that a bucket or a sub-directory has been changed by adding/deleting files. Also, integrating S3 with SSO is really challenging. Regardless the fact that Amazon S3 deals with Big Data, the Amazon S3 client API has many problems when a file size is greater than 5GB. A lot of workarounds should be done to split big files into parts and merge them successfully.

Loiane
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  • Industry: Financial Services
  • Company size: 5 001–10 000 Employees
  • Used Weekly for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 10.0 /10

S3 is still the leader in cloud-based distributed storage

Reviewed on 2020/02/07

S3 has, truly, changed the world at least when it comes to distributed storage. To call an API,...

S3 has, truly, changed the world at least when it comes to distributed storage. To call an API, push data to it, and then forget about maintaining the datacenter that houses with is a concept none of us would have believed in the recent past but here we are with monumental amounts of businesses depending on S3 and succeeding with it. Amazon has aggressively developed and released features steadily since the initial launch of S3 and each wave of features is impressively useful and complimentary to the previous feature-set. We use S3 for literally dozens of applications ranging from buckets that store public UGC for web apps to internal data vaults that hold sensitive and private information that is encrypted at rest. S3 has fit so many of our needs and saved us countless hours in trivial datacenter maintenance.

Pros

Objects are globally available but can still be geographically "homed" to a specific region. At-rest encryption can be configured for storage of all objects in an S3 bucket. Cost savings can be achieved by selecting the desired storage class that matches the type of data you're storing. Object life-cycles can be configured that will automatically take certain actions on an object when it reaches a certain age. Object versioning in S3 prevents a lot of anxiety around object corruption in multi-user applications. Object attributes can be set through headers that can facilitate intelligent hosting natively through S3 or through CloudFront CDN hosting. Full-featured static websites can be hosted using S3 and CloudFront.

Cons

Presumably due to the number of press pieces on corporations having data compromised from S3 buckets due to their own negligence, Amazon has invested a lot into preventing unwanted public access to S3 buckets. These extra layers can be a bit cumbersome to those of us who "got it" from the beginning and already know how to secure and S3 bucket.

Alternatives Considered

Google Cloud and Google Cloud Storage

Reasons for Switching to Amazon S3

Amazon S3 simply beats all other alternatives with their reliability, featureset, and experience level. Any seriously competitor is deep into a game of catch-up at this point.
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  • Industry: Logistics & Supply Chain
  • Company size: 201–500 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
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  • Likelihood to recommend 8.0 /10

Reliable cloud object storage

Reviewed on 2022/06/18

Overall, we're able to store our datasets reliably and inexpensively thanks to S3.

Overall, we're able to store our datasets reliably and inexpensively thanks to S3.

Pros

I like that S3 is a cost-effective storage solution. We're able to store large datasets reliably at a reasonable price.

Cons

Scaling usage of S3 for a larger team which aren't necessarily devs is quite challenging. Managing many users in AWS in general is a fragmented workflow.

Alternatives Considered

Google Cloud Storage

Reasons for Choosing Amazon S3

For larger datasets which aren't frequently used, S3 provides the best pricing per GB of storage.

Switched From

Google Drive

Reasons for Switching to Amazon S3

We're already using AWS for our tech infrastructure.
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Amazon S3 FAQs

Below are some frequently asked questions for Amazon S3.

Amazon S3 offers the following pricing plans:

  • Free Trial: Available

Pay only for what you use. There is no minimum fee.

Amazon S3 has the following typical customers:

Self Employed, 2–10, 11–50, 51–200, 201–500, 501–1 000, 1 001–5 000

Amazon S3 supports the following languages:

English

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Amazon S3 integrates with the following applications:

AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM), Amazon VPC

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