Amazon S3

Amazon S3

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Amazon S3 (Simple Storage Service)

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What is Amazon S3?

Amazon S3 is a cloud-based object storage service from Amazon Web Services. It's key features are storage management and monitoring, access management and security, data querying, and data transfer.
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S3 is a must!

10 out of 10
April 14, 2021
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What is Amazon S3?

Amazon S3 is a cloud-based object storage service from Amazon Web Services. It's key features are storage management and monitoring, access management and security, data querying, and data transfer.

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Product Details

What is Amazon S3?

Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) is a cloud-based object storage service from Amazon Web Services. It offers scalability, data availability, security, and performance. It provides great utility for storage management and monitoring, access management and security, data querying, and data transfer.

It is suitable for businesses or organizations of any size to store and protect any amount of data for a range of use cases, such as websites, mobile applications, backup and restore, archive, enterprise applications, IoT devices, and big data analytics. Amazon S3 provides management features for organizing data and configuring access controls to meet business, organizational, and compliance requirements.


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Amazon S3 is a cloud-based object storage service from Amazon Web Services. It's key features are storage management and monitoring, access management and security, data querying, and data transfer.

Reviewers rate Support Rating highest, with a score of 9.8.

The most common users of Amazon S3 are from Small Businesses (1-50 employees).
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Reviews and Ratings

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Adam Lauer | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • Storing mass amount of data.
  • Cheap storage options.
  • Versioning of objects.
  • Different cost tiers for what you need.
  • Notifications on Object changes.
  • The UI is clunky and not great.
  • It can get costly fast depending on how you use it.
  • There are underlying/unknown issues that make you have to consider how to store you data to achieve maximum rewards.
Abdullah Khawer | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Reseller
  • Fast as Key-Value Store.
  • Save as many data as you want.
  • Cheap.
  • Easy to use.
  • Versioning.
  • Ability to create events.
  • Object searching.
  • Filter data by suffix.
  • More fast and economical query method.
Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • More security and safety
  • Flexibility for options
  • simple to use
  • Integration
  • When the document is erased the record is [not immediately] noticeable since S3 sets aside some effort to refresh. This occasionally makes disarray
  • pricing
  • AWS S3 is not compatible with desktops
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • Fantastic developer API, including AWS command line and library utilities.
  • Strong integration with the AWS ecosystem, especially with regards to access permissions.
  • It's astoundingly stable- you can trust it'll stay online and available for anywhere in the world.
  • Its static website hosting feature is a hidden gem-- it provides perhaps the cheapest, most stable, most high-performing static web hosting available in PaaS.
  • The whole AWS ecosystem has a lot of confusing and unintuitive configuration options, and S3 is no exception. Thankfully it's so broadly used that you can reliably find solutions on external sites like StackOverflow.
  • Getting IAM permissions just right for Static Website hosting require a little trial and error since S3 defaults to security instead of open access.
  • While S3's file type inference is decent, some new file types (such as .wasm) aren't inferred correctly, so you have to configure their MIME types after uploading them in order for them to serve correctly.
Joshua Dickson | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • Highly available and redundant; we do not worry about the service having downtime
  • Simple usage from multiple different frameworks using Amazon's SDKs, or roll your own
  • A large number of bucket policies and security adjustments to tailor usage to customer needs
  • Regional support for storing assets in particular locations around the world
  • Web console can be very confusing and challenging to use, especially for new users
  • Bucket policies are very flexible, but the composability of the security rules can be very confusing to get right, often leading to security rules in use on buckets other than what you believe they are
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • store any kind of file
  • store static content for websites
  • store logs and backups
  • set up different policies
  • It still needs to integrate with different ecosystems
  • They need to improve the search. They should offer more options.
April 14, 2021

S3 is a must!

Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • Static Website Hosting
  • Files needed by applications
  • Backup
  • Default bucket limit (i think it needed to be more)
  • Graphical ACLs
  • Cheaper FTP / SFTP price
James Hilton | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • File storage
  • Reliability
  • Speed
  • Value for money
  • Better explanation of the security features
  • Status alerts when put uploads are propagated to different edge locations so you know the customer is getting the latest version of the file.
  • A hard drive syncing application like Google Drive sync and one drive sync.
Ramindu Deshapriya | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • Quick access for large file storage
  • Emulating a file system through S3FS
  • Versioning objects within buckets
  • Fine-grained access control
  • Serving as backend file storage for many types of applications running on AWS
  • Needs more convenience functions for managing files
  • Could provide more integrations with traditional relational databases
  • Could use even more granular access controls, for example on the object/prefix level
Mark Nowowiejski | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • Highly Available
  • Fast upload/download times
  • Supports pretty much any type of file
  • Can host static websites
  • Very Secure
  • Integrated seamlessly with other AWS products
  • Deleting files involves extra steps
  • Setting up Security/Access Lists can be difficult if you're not familiar with AWS IAM
  • Some of the files size caps can be cumbersome for video
  • Naming Conventions of Buckets is restrictive
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • Outstanding UI/UX (drag & drop features help a lot)
  • Per-file permission system (make a file public or not)
  • Amazon S3 (Simple Storage Service) does not provide SSL. Right now, you always need to use Cloudfront if you want to have SSL.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • Centralized location for all your organizations data.
  • Great 3rd party API and integration.
  • Cost effective if properly monitored and maintained.
  • Ease to use and set-up.
  • Permissions can become complex.
  • UI needs to be updated and looks dated.
  • Tech support should be improved.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • Very simple to setup and administer.
  • Can grow with your storage needs.
  • Cost effective.
  • Geo redundant.
  • Fault tolerant and reliable.
  • If not managed correct it could get expensive.
  • Searching needs to be improved and is not effective.
  • Better reporting would be great.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • Ability to have files switched over to long term storage after inactivity.
  • Backups of files available if a loss occurs.
  • Access to files as needed from multiple points and availability.
  • Region availability all over the globe.
  • Easier API integration and better documentation.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • Reliable and secure way to store objects in cloud: Storing any type of file(text, pdf, doc, csv, etc) is very easy with S3. Fetching this stored content as and when you require is also pretty easy and can be done using both the console and AWS CLI. Appropriate permissions can be set up for buckets using IAM roles/policies.
  • Versioning in buckets: S3 gives you a very handy feature to store multiple versions of objects stored in a bucket.
  • Lifecycle policies: You can set up lifecycle policies in S3 that can move your older objects to IA or Glacier. This setup is very easy and can be done within minutes for a bucket.
  • Replication: The cross-region replication that S3 provides is wonderful. Beware of the inter-regional data transfer costs though.
  • No support for object versions retention: There can be a retention policy(days or number) for object versions that are stored in S3 so that we don't have to worry about paying extra for all the old versions of an object in the bucket.
  • No feature for replication within a region: Currently AWS does not support replication within a region. Also, having to enable versioning for buckets in which you need replication makes it even more costly.
  • Confusing pricing: The pricing model of S3 can be a little confusing for a new customer with questions regarding data transfer from other AWS services, between buckets or data transfer to the outside world.
Score 6 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • Fast: S3 is quite fast, even when compared to other similar hosting and storage setups that aim to compete with S3.
  • Reliable: AWS, in general, has great uptime and reliability.
  • Powerful: S3's APIs are quite powerful and fairly flexible, meaning that with sufficient engineering investment you can do a whole lot with S3.
  • Expensive: S3 isn't cheap; when the speed and capacity is overkill, we've ended up looking elsewhere for hosting and storage.
  • Complexity: S3 is (like the rest of AWS) a profoundly complicated platform, and there's a steep learning curve to use it.
  • Customer support: AWS has not had particularly meaningful or useful customer support in our experience. You're really on your own with the platform.
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