Amazon S3

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Amazon S3 is storage for the Internet. A simple web services interface used to store and retrieve any amount of data, at any time, from anywhere on the web.

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Amazon S3 review by <span>David H.</span>
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What do you like best?

Back in the day 500MB hard disk were the size of coffee tables, weighed close to 300 lbs and cost over $20,000. These days AWS will charge you 2 cents per GB per month and you never have to worry about a dead drive again.

Oh you can also use S3 as a static store for web pages which is incredibly easy and much, much more cost effective than using either a dedicated server or a database.

What do you dislike?

Accessing large volumes of data can be costly if your users are far from which ever availability zone you selected to host your S3 data ... but given how cheap AWS's storage is and how little it costs to replicate this is a pretty easily solved problem.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Make sure you know where the primary users/accessors of the data you will be storing on S3 are and then select the availability zone accordingly. There are network charges associated with S3 data transfer; they are very low but can add-up. If, for example, your data is stored in Northern Virginia, but the primary accesses are from Europe these data access changes will b high than if the data were places in an availability zone closer to your intended users.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

- Static file storage

- large asset (movie, audio, etc) storage

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Amazon S3 review by <span>Ashish G.</span>
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What do you like best?

Amazon S3 is a simple web services interface that is be used to store and retrieve any data of your web application at cheap price. Amazon S3 is best in terms of stargaze of large objects. S3 provides ease of integration with third-party applications, always availability, Static website hosting, data security, Backup and archiving of any kind of data at nominal pricing.

What do you dislike?

Amazon S3 doesn't work great when multiple parallel request arrives to retrieve an object. There are some issues with root domain hosting using Amazon S3 to host a static website. Accessing logs and archived data is a bit tricky, but manageable. Securing files in Amazon S3 is confusing because its bucket policy is tricky to learn and implement.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I recommend Amazon S3 to all junior and senior level developers. It is Very simple and easy to use cloud based storage. Amazon S3 provides objects level and folder level security. Amazon S3 provides a Bucket concept to categorize your contents based on development , testing and production environment. Amazon S3 is the best in terms of high availability, high scalability, high security and also cost effective.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am using amazon S3 to store dynamic content of my web application like user images, pdfs, word documents, videos and zip files. It provides fast and secure access to files and documents stored in cloud and easy to implement in majority of back end server Amazon S3 has excellent documentation.

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Amazon S3 review by <span>Keith B.</span>
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What do you like best?

High reliability in terms of availability and uptime, which is essential.

It is easy to use, both standalone and to integrate with other applications.

Multiple different security options and configurations make it easy to create areas and files which are publicly accessible, as well as ones which can only be accessed either by specific people / groups, or for specific windows of time. This makes it idea both for general storage, and also for the sharing of more private information.

My greatest use of S3 is for podcast storage/serving, and for integration with my Wordpress-based sites.

It works very well in both cases - you can make use of their feature - rich API, or of the plethora of plugins available.

What do you dislike?

Generating time-sensitive URLs is harder than it ought to be, although this is pretty quickly overcome using a plugin.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Remember that S3 data are not owned by you, so make sure you keep your own local copy of all data just in case of any issues or data loss!

Take a little time upfront to map out your intended data structures, as it is harder to rearrange later.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Using it for several different things -

Backup storage space for off-site backup of certain files.

Speeding up websites by storing and serving files from S3 rather than own server, makes things much faster (especially when used in conjunction with a CDN);

Serving podcast recordings;

Sharing files with clients;

Distributing digital products once purchased

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Amazon S3 review by <span>Rahul C.</span>
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Use AWS S3 to make better products

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What do you like best?

Amazon simple storage service is an highly-scalable business enterprise solution. It can be used in many ways to build a business solution. The best thing is it's pretty cheap to use S3 for any business solution. You can store big data over s3 and it is very easy to use some API and fetch those data when required. Another thing is you can integrate s3 with other AWS components and build a full solution over AWS. S3 can be used to store many Terabytes of data with ease and you can always fetch it. S3 stores data in the compressed format so you need not worry about the compression and it is managed to date wise files so you can always fetch it date wise. We personally use Python packages to fetch and manage s3 and it's very reliable.

What do you dislike?

There is nothing to dislike about Amazon S3. In beginning, you would feel that it's not easy to use, configure, fetch data. But after you learn you would feel its a piece of cake. Just some simple steps would build a full-fledged solution.

Recommendations to others considering the product

New features are still unknown to many users just need proper documentation on use of all components and features

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are using it for different logging purpose. Integrating it with CloudFront and serving different data over the website. It is also used to optimize the website speed as the static components can be put over S3 and would be served by CloudFront.

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Amazon S3 review by <span>Brian D.</span>
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S3 is an effective storage solution

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What do you like best?

The web interface makes it very easy to upload/share files across EC2 servers.

What do you dislike?

There are hidden bandwidth/request costs that add up if you are making a large number of API calls or downloading large amounts of data.

Recommendations to others considering the product

S3 has a number of different storage-tier options depending on how long you plan to store your data and how frequently you need to access it. If you will be using S3 heavily and want to make sure you're not spending too much, you should do some analysis to figure out which tier will give you the most cost-efficient storage backend. In this analysis, be sure to take into account your access patterns, as S3 also charges for API calls on top of storage usage.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We primarily use S3 to share configuration files across EC2 servers in our cluster. This makes it easy for us to effect changes to our cluster configuration without needing to re-image all of our servers. AWS access policies allows us to share these configuration files securely by restricting all but necessary permissions to read/write these files from individual servers. It also makes hosting static websites outside of our primary infrastructure a breeze.

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Amazon S3 review by <span>Dan O.</span>
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Versatile File Storage Facility

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What do you like best?

It is so versatile, you'll find that you'll end up using it for backups, log files and also distribution of files to end consumers through a C-Name to brand the file distribution under your domain name.

What do you dislike?

I've used Amazon S3 for a long time, and it's come on a long way in that time from having to access through third party clients such as Cloudberry, however, the web-interface still requires a small amount of technical knowledge. A quick to access desktop version of the web-interface would be useful for quick distribution of business files.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

To store backups, hold log files, configuration settings and distribute files to customers (setup files, graphics and PDF resources) . Amazon S3 provides access to reliable data storage and fast distribution.

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