Perfect solution for web and mobile application asset and media storage
September 12, 2019

Perfect solution for web and mobile application asset and media storage

Bryan McAnulty | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Overall Satisfaction with Amazon S3 (Simple Storage Service)

We are a digital product design and development company. When we build a new web or mobile app, the service we choose to use for application and database hosting may vary, but for serving static assets like images and other file downloads, we are always using Amazon S3. S3 combined with Amazon Cloudfront lets us serve static assets to our users and customers without having to worry about performance.
  • Ensures web and application servers don't get bogged down from serving static assets.
  • Works with popular frameworks for easy integration in applications to allow user uploading of additional assets.
  • Integrates easily with Amazon Cloudfront as a CDN.
  • Very little configuration needed to get started.
  • The website UI, while easy to use by even less technical staff, but certain options such as allowing public read for new uploads by default instead of manual selection, requires a bit more technical knowledge. (That said there is generally a custom UI built for users to upload files anyway so in our situation this isn't important).
  • Fast integration for static asset hosting means we can focus on unique features that have greater business value.
Since we use other AWS products, and since AWS and S3 are more familiar to developers, it is easier for us to stick with Amazon S3 over a similar solution like Google Cloud Storage.
From my limited need to have to interact with S3 support, my experience has been good. It is extremely rare for the service to experience outages or causes issues for our team. Further, many other services we use also integrate with S3 and we haven't had issues with S3 there either.

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Amazon S3 is a great choice to store frequently accessed image and media assets that might be needed as part of your website, web app or mobile application. There is also Amazon's "Glacier" storage option which is a storage class that is meant for data that isn't frequently accessed, and which can be stored at a significantly lower cost.

At the moment there is really no reason for us to choose a different service for this use case. The popularity of S3 means that any new developers working with us are already familiar with how to work with it.