S3 is cost effective, works well, and provides many service levels.
September 08, 2019

S3 is cost effective, works well, and provides many service levels.

Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Amazon S3 (Simple Storage Service)

We are using S3 for storing compliance generated by various internal tools. The reports are not frequently accessed but we have legal guidelines for retention. We also use s3 to host static web interfaces with links to the document. It makes really easy to access the documents anywhere. We also use s3 to store various inputs to other AWS services such as AWS Sagemaker.

  • S3 provides a cost-effective, reliable, and durable way to store objects.
  • S3 can store files from almost any system with its great SDK and API.
  • S3 provides multiple tiers of storage which make it cost-effective based on usage.
  • I would like to see better control within the s3 bucket policies. It is hard to decide whether to use a bucket ACL or policy.
  • I would like to see the ability to lock down list permissions and still see it in the AWS console.
  • S3 has increased ROI in several of our projects due to the ability to utilize alternative storage tiers to store data.
  • It has also allowed us to use it as a holding area to store data to be used by other AWS services.
S3 provides an on-demand usage model for storage. You only pay for what you use. Nutanix is an on-premises solution and does not allow for usage-based pricing. Azure was less integrated with our current AWS workloads which helped drive our decision to use s3 with the Amazon Cloud.
We subscribe to business level support and they always respond and fix our issues within 24hrs. This comes at a fixed cost of $100 per month but it covers all the other AWS services as well. The fact that we use other AWS services makes the value and response on the support side worth it.

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S3 is perfect for object storage. This means it cannot be used as a boot volume. It is good for serving files and storage backups. There are several price tiers and service levels. It takes several decisions to strike the right balance between what you are using it for and what is an acceptable cost level.