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Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3)

Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3)

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Amazon Simple Storage Service (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 Simple Storage Service (S3) review by Jake P.
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"very easy to set up a static website or host images"

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Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) review by Jay M.
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"Simple Scalable Solution"

What do you like best?

It is easy, simple and cheap to use. It allows us faster load times as most of the contents are scaled exemplary well. Its web interface makes it very easy to upload/share files across EC2 servers. It is very highly reliable in terms of availability and uptime, which is very much essential.

What do you dislike?

What I think is time-sensitive URLs is harder than it ought to be, although this is pretty quickly overcome while using a plugin. Its permission model can be more user friendly if wished. I also think that 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 typically upload contents to S3 then pull them down during deployment and then shove them as environment variables. The benefit is that it allows to use aws to store secret keys and use them during our deployment pipelines. This thing is very much useful when you not only rely on S3 but many different AWS Services.

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Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) review by Bob S.
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"Best Place for Storage inside or outside of your products"

What do you like best?

I like thatS3 is so versatile to store information within a product, or from any other location. It can be made available online and also has rules which auto delete information after a specific period of time.

Ability to access from web, cli, applications, etc...

What do you dislike?

Years ago some of the documentation was a little confusing with buckets and key to access objects. While abstracting out normal files storage words like folders and location it could have been a bit clearer.... But after a bit of playing around, you are completely find with buckets and keys to objects...

Recommendations to others considering the product

Start the migration to S3 now, it will keep your data safe and secure in a very simple solutions that anyone can use...

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

A very cost effective and secure solutions to store, transfer, archive, retrieve, distribute, and anything else with data/files/etc.

We store our own files, our customers files, archive builds, products, solutions, etc.

Outside of work I store pictures, music, movies, files and pretty much anything else I want to access from multiple locations and keep secure in case of data loss in home or at work.

Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) review by Brad C.
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"Scaleable, Cost effective but you have to be willing to learn on your own or pay for premium support"

What do you like best?

A cost effective way to host larger media (in my case, mostly iSpring online elearning lessons) without having to upgrade my server hosting capacity. Once set up, the interface is easy to navigate and reliable. The uploading interface and feedback is outstanding and the best I have ever experienced. Their rates are extremely competitive (I also considered digital ocean) and I am satisfied with my choice.

What do you dislike?

There is a learning curve when you are getting it set up and you have to be willing to pay if you need even the most basic support from a human. Considering what they charge, this is reasonable. The free tier is genius on their part because they give you a full year (up to a certain threshold which I hit in month 4 from very heavy use) so you get everything integrated and set up before you have a good estimate of what it is going to cost. Based on their "vertical integration" with their other services, it seems that most technologically literate people are who use this mostly since I wouldn't have a clue how to use any of what they try to upsell me on (other than the support haha)

Recommendations to others considering the product

I am glad I did it but be willing to Google to learn the ropes and get set up. Once you have passed that initial learning curve, it is a breeze to use and very inexpensive. they are transparent with their billing as well.

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

We were worried about scaling issues if our business grew too quickly or existing users would be using our services more than forecasted. Instead of having to pay through the nose for more intense web hosting for the rest of the site, we integrated Amazon S3 for hosting all of our bandwidth heavy items.

Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) review by Travis G.
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"S3 Cloud Storage"

What do you like best?

My favorite feature of S3 (Amazon's Cloud Storage) is split between 2 things. 1) The extremely high durability of data. AWS's S3 storage provides "11 - nines" of durability. That's 99.9999999% durability!!! When you consider that level of durability: (being calculated as follows) 10 million objects will incur a single (as in 1) lost object about once every 10 thousand years and you factor how competitive the price point is for S3/per GB when compared to other (less durable) storage solutions it became clear to me that I wanted to utilize S3 for my data storage solution. The second 2) feature that I like best is that S3 can be fully managed with API calls. Meaning I can develop an in-house software, program, or script that allows me to interact with my data programmatically versus having to use a GUI or web interface. (Those options still exist, but aren't the "only" way to interact with S3.) It's an incredibly powerful and useful tool to have programmatic access to your data.

What do you dislike?

I hate to be 'that guy' that doesn't have any negatives, but so far from my use of the S3 service; in production, testing, and development workloads, I have yet to come across anything that is an outright negative for me personally. If AWS could lower the price of the service that would be great, but we can't really expect such a service to be completely free.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Other considerations for administrative users of the product, permissions can be set in a few different places; this is the reason I gave the Ease of Use, Setup, and Admin less than a perfect score. IAM is used for creating users, groups, and roles. Ideally, you will mostly be settings permissions for S3 there on a per-user or per-group basis by attaching roles to the users or groups. However, under each bucket there are additional permissions settings that exist. ACL's, Bucket Policies (JSON format), and CORS. These additional settings option can really get you into hot-water if you are unsure of the settings here. If you perform a quick Google search with terms like, "S3 bucket policy data breaches" you will find tons of instances where someone did not set the bucket settings correctly and hackers were able to access data or worse from incorrect settings. Please, just for the sake of data security read up on S3 best practices if you are unsure how to setup these buckets.

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

I have been able to help clients host their static websites in S3. I have setup multiple S3 buckets, paired with a Route 53 (DNS) record, CloudFront (CDN) pointing to the S3 bucket as the origin, and ACM (Amazon Certificate Manager) to create an SSL certificate for the site; I have been able to secure their websites with SSL, setup a Content Delivery Network for them, and host their websites for around a dollar per month.

I am also using S3 as a data backup and archival solution for a few clients that wanted to also have an off-site backup of their data being performed. The best part is, that the cost of storage is low, and I'm able to offer data encryption while in transit to or from S3 and I can provide encryption at rest for my client's sensitive data. I have also paired glacier with S3 to create a data lifecycle policy for my clients to offer longer term storage options at a significantly reduced price point over Standard-S3 storage.

Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) review by David H.
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"AWS/S3: so cheap you'd be nuts to buy hard drives"

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

Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) review by Ashish G.
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"Best cloud based storage service for static and dynamic contents of web application"

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.

Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) review by Keith B.
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"Very fast, powerful, versatile, and cost-effective solution for mass online storage."

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

Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) review by Rahul C.
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"Use AWS S3 to make better products"

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.

Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) review by Prashant T.
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"Simply Works !!"

What do you like best?

Its easy, simple to use and super cheap. Also it allows us faster load times as most of the contents are stored in the same data centers where our app servers are running too.

What do you dislike?

Permission model should be more user friendly. The user interface looks very old. The cli sometimes breaks without proper error codes that makes it harder to debug. Also, it creates a huge dependency , if it goes down, our deploys wont happen, and it always creates some concerns for us.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Cheap and works. No brainer.

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

Upload all secrets to S3. We pull them down during deployment and then shove them as environment variables. The benefit is that it allows us to use aws to store secret keys and use them during our deployment pipelines.

Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) review by Brian D.
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"S3 is an effective storage solution"

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.

Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) review by Matthew P.
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"S3 has become a central piece to our Digitial Science platform"

What do you like best?

S3 offers a very easy way to implement file storage for our application. It offers very granular control over objects, and we can implement very targeted access to objects based on user and role permissions that are passed on from our application.

What do you dislike?

I do dislike the lack of formal mounting to infrastructure, but this is only a very small dislike and it is only an early implementation issue. As you work more with s3, you realize mounting to hardware is actually the wrong approach to problems using s3.

Recommendations to others considering the product

s3 is the most comphrensive option for file and object management out of any cloud provider. Not only that, but it also easily ties in with the rest of amazon services.

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

S3 is a core application use in our digitial science platform. It offers a very easy way to maintain user access to objects, and gives us access to encryption and lifecycle management of objects simply by using the platform.

Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) review by Jasmine M.
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"Review of S3"

What do you like best?

How simple it is to use and configure controls. We're able to de-couple a lot of different parts of our application but making steps towards becoming serverless. Since we're able to host static files online, it cut our deployment times in half!

What do you dislike?

There's a bit of a learning curve when first starting to use it. I don't think the UI is super intuitive, nor have I found any helpful tutorials. I had to learn a lot about the service by playing with it, and I wish there were more helpful resources so that I could be more efficient in terms of time and cost.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I would definitely recommend S3 for anyone looking to host static websites online as well as a cloud based flat file storage solution. For me, it was my first time getting familiar with AWS and since, I decided to get my certification to become a Solution Architect! I think S3 is really powerful and I think more folks should use it in their development processes. When i was studying to take the Associate level Solution Architect certification exam I realized how imporant S3 was. It's covered in a lot of the exam and many questions in the exam cover optimization and cost efficiency which is primarily the heart and soul of the S3 service. Now that I am more familiar with the product, i want to pursue a professional level

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

We're able to use S3 to upload and download docs within our app

Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) review by Apurv D.
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"S3 - Cloud Storage Makes Easy"

What do you like best?

1. Excellent for static website hosting

2. Easy to use with help of AWS console and through API to use across various applications

3. Highly scalable and highly available

4. Easy interface to secure resources stored at S3

5. Easy to setup with Route53, Content Distribution Network (CloudFront) and Amazon Certificate Manager

What do you dislike?

1. Permission model is bit complicated

2. Common bucket names are not available as S3 allows buckets to be used as URL. So, if bucket name is assigned to some other account, you can't have the same name.

Recommendations to others considering the product

This is the most basic and cost effective service. It charges 2 cent per GB per month. Start migrating all backups, logs and static content to S3. It is highly available and highly reliable service with really cheap price. Must go for all small scale organisations who do not want to keep larger in-premises storage server. Must must go for all enterprises for their large data transfer demands.

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

1. For backup of certain critical data

2. To share huge files (like logs, DB dumps, videos etc.) with customer

3. Some of the static web page hosting

Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) review by Monica C.
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"AWS S3 lo mejor para tener tu respaldo"

What do you like best?

AWS S3 es la mejor herramienta que conozco para tener el respaldo de la información de cualquier empresa, es la plataforma mas segura y tu sabes el nivel de disponibilidad que necesitas, puedes poner tantos 9 necesites

What do you dislike?

Realmente con AWS S3 no le veo algo que no me guste, mas bien es la transferencia de datos que cada quien tiene en su trabajo es lo rápido que puede subir o bajar la información que se encuentra en la plataforma

Recommendations to others considering the product

AWS S3 es la mejor herramienta para hacer respaldos, no hay como tener uno físico, pero si estas tratando de economizar y realmente pagar por lo que usas la solución que buscas es AWS S3. Si tu plan es tener un DRP también es una magnifica herramienta, ya que debes tener un respaldo físico en sitio, una físico fuera de sitio y por ultimo uno en la nube, así que cualquiera que sea tu situación la mejor herramienta es AWS S3

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

Uno de los grandes beneficios que tiene AWS S3 en el ámbito laboral es que puedes accesar a tus respaldos de manera facil, la consola que se maneja es muy amigable que cualquier persona la puede controlar. La información que se guarda en AWS S3 esta segura y simplemente necesitas un buen enlace de internet para tener tus respaldo en la nube. Es una plataforma bastante economica ya que pagas lo que utilizas, que para las empresas pequeñas que pueden invertir muy poco en estas situaciones queda perfecta

Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) review by Janaka B.
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"Simple and Versatile Storage Service - for You, Me and Everybody Else!"

What do you like best?

The pay-per-use pricing model; have as many buckets as you want, but only get charged for what you store - and only for how long you store it! No more upfront fees.

Your content automatically becomes available over regular HTTP via s3.amazonaws.com/<your bucket name> without even having to set up an explicit CDN or DNS routing configuration!

You can also integrate S3 with Route 53 (DNS), CloudFront (CDN) or any of the hundreds of other AWS services to build a complete cloud solution for your enterprise.

What do you dislike?

The Free Tier - https://aws.amazon.com/free/#Amazon_Simple_Storage_Service_(S3) - lasts only for the first 12 months; after which you start getting charged for whatever you have in store. It would have been great if at least 1 GB were offered as a continued free tier.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Keep track of your usage: S3 charges for used storage as well as API calls, so having a CDN (e.g. CloudFront) in front could help you when hosting frequently-accessed content like websites and consumer software bundles. S3 has several advanced maintenance options like lifecycle policies, different storage classes (SLA/QoS), access logging, versioning, access control and so forth - a good knowledge of as many of these as possible will help in a smooth, cost-effective and trouble-free journey.

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

We are hosting all our company websites, online service front-ends, software distributions and customer deployment artifacts in S3; it is quite convenient (just upload, and it's open to the world!), maintenance-free, and as secure as it can be (there's no server to maintain or protect against hackers).

Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) review by Jake N.
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"Best thing since sliced bread"

What do you like best?

My favorite feature of S3 is static website hosting. I work primarily with React, and I have build PoC to production apps, hosted, in record time with this feature. It is AMAZING!

What do you dislike?

My only complaint is that I regularly create buckets that I want to be more open, and end up getting errors because the bucket is locked down. I don't want this to change, it is a good security feature that should be as it is, it's just something that I as a user need to be aware of as a design choice.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Use it. Potentially the best and easiest to use service I have ever come across.

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

Simple is the keyword. It is so easy to store and use data with S3. If I have a buisness problem, somewhere in the solution it is a safe bet S3 is coming into play.

Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) review by Swapnil S.
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"Probably the Best Cloud Storage Management!!"

What do you like best?

It is inexpensive and secure when setup properly. Easy to learn with a lot of documentation readily available for it. Once you have done the setup correctly, all you need to do is sit back and see your job done in a precise automated fashion.

What do you dislike?

Folder structure and added services may be hard to people new to AWS. There are overlapping product functionalities, and names may be misleading/uninformative. API based documentations are missing and hard to do.

Also, It would be nice if we could map a bucket as a network drive; right now we are using a 3rd party product as a gateway between the on premise and the cloud to allow our on premise applications to drop files that the cloud applications can pick up.

Recommendations to others considering the product

This is a great product that is very easy to work with and can be used for business and personal file storage. You will never have to worry about the size of your hard drive again but if working with APIs (integration) then it could be a bit difficult as I have found. Otherwise, go for it.!

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

The Key Factors that I felt are great are -

-Not much Expensive

-Efficient management of data

-Improved business process agility

-Automated Bucket Transactions, once defined

-Improve business process outcomes

-Larger Storage Areas and proper/easy queue management

Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) review by JENNY DEL CARMEN E.
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"VERY RELIABLE AND EASY TO USE SOFTWARE"

What do you like best?

It allows us to upload all our data to Amazon Data Centers without worrying about any kind of limit. Photos, videos. One of the strengths of S3 is its transparency when it comes to hosting our data. We will never have to worry about the storage capacity of our account, as we will have a single container with virtually unlimited capacity. The more we store, the more we pay. Scalability is a concept that with S3 becomes superfluous. Amazon is already taking care of new machines and more storage units for us, and making everything work without us being aware of it. The files are saved in buckets, which then contain the folders and files we store. The most interesting thing is to integrate it with the REST API that S3 provides us from programming, since for example, we can from an EC2 server generate a large file that we automatically serve from S3 and free the EC2 server to serve it. A very important addition is the inclusion of CloudFront, which is a CDN for S3 that allows us to replicate the file worldwide and thanks to the same download URL, download it from the server closest to the user. The best thing is that this process is completely transparent to the developer, and simply by activating it from the CloudFront control panel we would already have it working.

What do you dislike?

Access to storage management on Amazon S3 is via web interface services that present the information stored in the cubes. However, this interface does not contain any order or search functions within the cubes themselves. This can cause problems when locating a file inside cubes with a large number of documents. In addition, the cube names are global, so when using simple names such as "abc", "storage", or "documents", it is likely that they have already been used and particular character combinations will have to be made.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Amazon offers several security services, including certificate management, encryption tools, hardware security modules to store private keys, and Web application firewalls. AWS native tools such as elastic load balancers (ELBs) can be used, to some extent, to mitigate DoS or DD attacks as the application is maintained because the ELB scales to multiple instances

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

From my point of view, Amazon has given a big push to all developers to facilitate a revolution in the web world. From now on, maintenance and infrastructure costs will not be a problem for all those who are thinking of developing a project with a great need for data storage. For an almost ridiculous price we'll have a mass storage service, high availability, and no need to worry about escalating.

In other words, in general terms, it is a fast, highly available and economical system.

Regarding its use, by default we will have three users: Owner (referring to the user who hosted the file), Authenticated Users (referring to users authenticated on Amazon), Everyone (referring to all non-authenticated users, that is to say, any client on the whole Internet). Although we will be able to add new S3 users with specific permissions for our data, it assures us 99.9% availability, which equals any high availability system we can hire, and would return up to 25% of our turnover in the event of a decrease in availability below 99%... Additionally, it has an API for the communication of our applications with S3, which accepts HTTP Request requests encrypted with Crypt/HMAC. Each access we make to this API must be validated by two keys that Amazon provides us and that, together with a hash based on a temporary seed, access information, and the destination key, generate a signature that the system will validate.

These HTTP requests will allow us to upload files, modify permissions, delete objects, create buckets... In short, all the necessary actions to manage our S3

Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) review by Ferran C.
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"Almacenamiento en la nube de la mano de Amazon"

What do you like best?

Esta plataforma ofrece un servicio genial. Te permite almacenar en la nube de manera dinámica (contratas el almacenamiento que realmente usas) todo tipo de archivos de la manera que tu prefieras.

Su sistema de login ofrece una gran seguridad al ir con diversas claves y usuarios.

What do you dislike?

Puede ser un poco complicado acceder si pierdes alguna de las claves que usas. Realmente es un sistema muy bueno y no destaco demasiados errores.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Un sistema muy potente. Y como se suele decir, un gran poder conlleva una gran responsabilidad. Recomiendo encarecidamente tener una buena organización porque puedes llegar a perderte entre tantos ficheros.

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

Utilizamos S3 para almacenar todos los mails que enviamos a nuestros clientes, teniendo un registro continuo de millones de ellos desde 2015 hasta la actualidad.

Tenemos también almacenados todas las fotos que aparecen en la web, los vídeos y otros documentos útiles para la empresa.

Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) review by Dan O.
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"Versatile File Storage Facility "

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.

Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) review by Dinesh J.
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"Most Affordable and Efficent Cloud Storage"

What do you like best?

Amazon provides Cloud storage service in the form of Amazon S3, It is most affordable yet powerful cloud storage available in the market. You can store any kind of data and files on S3. It is a global service, hence can be accessed from any aws region. You can use aws-cli and other client tools to store and retrieve data from S3. It can easily integrated with other aws services say cloud-watch or Amazon EMR.

What do you dislike?

The only thing, i dont like about amazon s3 is its console UI. its is pretty boring.

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

We store our logs and backup files on S3

Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) review by Derron L.
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"Easy to use Cloud Storage"

What do you like best?

I like the fact that S3 just wasn't for simple storage but rather a full storage service. One can use S3 to storage anything from photos to interacting with Mobile Services/API's. S3 is fairly straight forward to configure, well documented and reliable. S3 is very affordable and should suit most small businesses budget. Even in the "terabyte" range it is still cheaper compared to many other cloud storage providers.

What do you dislike?

At times, the retrieval at data can incur some delay. Its best if these are frequently accessed files, to have them be cached using a CDN (eg. cloudfront). Having to use third party applications to upload to you storage buckets might deter a novice user. Importantly, S3 only servers static content, so dynamic pages (eg. php) still requires a web server. Finally, bucket names have to be unique, so trying to create a name that you like might take a little bit of time, somewhat like trying to find that perfect domain name.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Great Product. Well Documented. Cheap. Reliable. Supported by many third party file management applications. Overall S3 is a great product for simple file storage but can easily be used for large applications as main storage.

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

We use S3 to store data for custom built applications. This works great for us as its very affordable, always available and easily integrates into our application. S3, also ties in easily with amazon's CDN so scaling on demand is pretty straight forward.

Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) review by Tong (Tony) J.
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"S3, yet another great cloud service from AWS"

What do you like best?

Part of AWS, easy to use, REST API support, library support in many languages.

What do you dislike?

Some parts are non-standard and could confuse people if they don't pay attention to detail. For example, people sometimes think that the ETag is always just the MD5 sum of the file, but actually the ETag value depends on upload method and encryption method, and may not actually be the MD5.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Use in conjunction with other services, such as Lambda, to fully leverage the file upload and store pipeline to include file processing as well.

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

Easy way to store files up in the cloud, and download and access them with file IDs stored else where, such as in a table.

Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) review by Vadim P.
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"Great container storage"

What do you like best?

AWS S3 has a great API and a lot of integrations, we love it. a lot of options for disks types. Ok to use for a junior and senior level developers.

What do you dislike?

The main part of the service is not cheap. You need to read a lot of documentation before start using it. There are hidden 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

They have 1 year trial, you can test it for free!)

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

container storage and simple storage. Backup storage space for off-site backup of certain files. Sharing files with clients;

Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) review by Rafal P.
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"Great service for your business"

What do you like best?

That you only pay for what you use. And you have possibility to restrict access to specific resources. Also number of out of the box integrations is something you should be happy about.

What do you dislike?

Sadly access can be only restricted by some static IP list, no way for some more complicated ideas like only restricting to specific "Security Group". The web interface, is very rough. No many options to filter/find files you store in S3. The "Simple" word from name: Simple Storage Service (extension of S3). Is there in purpose. I don't like that when changing some settings for bucket or resource I'm not able to retrieve historical settings with details who was author of that particular change. That would be very useful to be able to retrieve such informations.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It's so cheap and no brainer service that you have to use it. For keeping all data you would normally put to your hard disk of your servers. You receive control over who is able to access them + you are sure in 99.99% that you won't loose them. Availability is excellent.

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

We use it to keep our application files like uploaded avatars, as a cache for generated PDFs for invoices of our customers and to store backups of our applications. And to store static files (HTML/JS/CSS) with documentation for our API which we then share with customers. With S3 we do not need to have separate instance to serve static content. And we pay only fraction of cost for that usage. The price is always based on the usage/consumption of traffic and storage.

Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) review by User in Internet
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"An infinite scaling key-value store for your large binary data"

What do you like best?

S3 is a "infinite scaling" key-value store for textual and binary data. It's not a database (doesn't provide features and latency of a DB), but more like a distributed file system where you can store large data and access it via an HTTP interface (or the AWS console, the API or cli), designed to be store and retrieve data reliably.

What I love the most? It works. It's probably one of the most solid AWS products (thanks also to the facts of being the oldest one, if I'm not mistaken). Over the time, AWS introduced many great features, like the ability to host static websites on S3, fine-granted access control, access logs, and so on. All features are very useful if you start building products on top of it.

What do you dislike?

In my opinion, it's quite difficult to have a quick overview on public objects inside a private bucket. Let me explain: S3 buckets have a default ACL (private or public), but single objects can override it, so you can have public objects on private buckets. When a bucket contains a lot of objects (from hundred thousands to millions) it's tricky to check if - for any reason (ie. mistake, software bug, ...) - there are public objects in private buckets. This should be improved.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I strongly recommend S3.

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

We use S3 to store web assets (ie. CSS, JS, images, ...), fully static websites, audio files, backups and basically any binary data for which we need a reliable and durable storage.

Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) review by Michael C.
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"Rich Features from a Powerful Product"

What do you like best?

The features provided by Amazon S3 are many, powerful, rich, and diverse. Powerful in that I have enough utility when I use S3 to maximize the ability of my web apps, exclusively with S3. Many, as is obvious that there are more features than I have had to explore, each of which I am excited to navigate and learn how to utilize. Rich as the depth of each feature is incredible. And, diverse which alike the fact there are many, in that the features cover a broad spectrum of web development utility.

What do you dislike?

Initially, my most prominent dislike was the difficulty of navigation between features and between my buckets. Once I conquered that, I struggled with understanding the capabilities of my keys. So generally it was a learning curve, similar to learning any technology.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Do it.

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

I am solving developer operations problems of scaling my web application. I have realized through utilizing S3 features from the cloud, I can make the most of my time, and focus on improving my product as a result.

Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) review by Adam .
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"Swiss army knife in storage solutions "

What do you like best?

It's virtually unlimited, gives you 99.999999999% durability and very high accessibility and if configured correctly could be cheap as chips. Great CLI and API. It's mature and super reliable solution with a lot of additional features like: static web hosting, versioning, lifecycle policies and storage classes (which allow you to lower the price even more). It's deeply integrated with a lot of other AWS solutions giving you wide range of usage schemas: from storing logs to website hosting and backups.

What do you dislike?

Incomplete Multipart Uploads handling - if you forget about it it could cost you. Web UI could be better but it was improved lately and it's going in the right direction.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Reliable, highly available and extremely flexible object storage solution.

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

Storing logs, backups and data archiving, static web hosting.

Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) review by Aaron H.
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"Amazon S3 Review"

What do you like best?

Availability and scale are important. As a manager of an online video library, S3 allows us to host registration and payments on our own dedicated systems and store large files for video using S3 for CloudFront streaming while controlling access to it. I also like the offsite file storage capabilities. Having a unlimited file repository that can be made public or private via permissions is very important to us. S3 allows us to store, host and process files as needed in a secure manner.

What do you dislike?

The only thing I dislike about the S3 file buckets is there is some slowness in transferring a large file into the edge CloudFront location if the file is extra large and is not regularly accessed. I have not looked in the last year, but there was not an easy way to keep these files cached using a valid until type header reliably. Sometimes our end users had buffering issues until the file was fully loaded once. I did not see this issue when transferring from our own dedicated server, but this was 4 years ago and this may be resolved now.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Time. Some software systems I administer do no offer robust plugins for S3 yet. This is changing however and Amazon provides the service we need.

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

We save in infrastructure. In combination with CloudFront, out system is flexible and is minimized when not in use and can support a nearly unlimited number of customers when we need it without paying for the excess idle hardware.

Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) review by Patrick H.
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"Rock solid storage at a great price"

What do you like best?

It's fast, easy and ridiculously reliable. I use the S3 browser to do everything from my desktop for the most part. We also link several utilities to it to push backup files up there nightly. Never have to worry about a thing.

What do you dislike?

You kinda have to be technical to use it. It's not for everyone. You will have to be able to understand basic technology and transfer protocols.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It's not super easy to use but once it's up and running it's worry free. It's super consistent and cost effective. If you need them to admin it for you is will get very expensive though. You really need to have someone on your team that is a system admin to properly use most of their services. If you do, you are in great shape. If you don't, you'd better have a checkbook ready. Their support, for the most part, consists of a callback service and they are pretty reliable and quick about it. Their people are really professional and patient. Bottom line: you get what you pay for and if you want the best you have to pay for the best.

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

We mitigate risk by nightly pushing site backups (full and partial) to the S3. We are able to keep versions up there in the event we ever need to dial it back. Very easy and it saves us a lot of money in cloud storage.

Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) review by Administrator in Publishing
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"Almost always dependable S3"

What do you like best?

The usability, performance, and dependability of S3. The S3 platform has more configuration features that I can use and cover almost every use case.

What do you dislike?

Though there are a ton of automation potential I would like to see more automation around templating and standardizing buckets and objects. For example, if you're running a large number of websites off of S3 the ability to have a standard configuration, tagging, permissions, auditing and event setup would be great. This does exist if you create one base bucket and have the rest of the buckets match it but that is a policy that you can only apply when you initially create the resources. You cannot apply that policy to existing buckets without some effort

Recommendations to others considering the product

Consider your use cases and if you're going to have a large number of buckets try to have them standardized. Take advantage of s3 events to add more power to your system.

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

Fast and cost-efficient way to store and access our static files

Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) review by Aditya K.
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"Not as cheap and not as fast"

What do you like best?

Integrates well with other AWS services

What do you dislike?

1. Very slow to move stuff around.. oh wait.. there is NO MOVE, I have to copy everything from Point A to B

2. Too many ways in the SDK to write and read data, could get confusing. TransferUtility, WriteObject, AWS Cli single copy mode, multi part copy mode etc..

3. SDK only allows you to move stuff from one bucket, only if they share same credentials (access key and secret)

4. Need more documentation and samples for SDK usage

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

Region based storage on the cloud. My content is close to where i need it to be for easy access

We use it for storing video content that we transcode and deliver to our customers

Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) review by Vamshi P.
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"De-facto standard for cloud storage"

What do you like best?

S3 is literally the place where most of public enterprise data is stored. Being the first player in cloud segment they are the market leader. They beat hands down other products like Azure Blobs and Google FS in terms of scalability, reliability.

S3 is cheap. You only pay couple of dollars for accessing and storing a terabyte.

Solid security and integrates neatly with other AWS tools like IAM roles and users. Bucket policies ensure that bucket is only accessed by users who have proper security credentials.

What do you dislike?

Reading from S3 is slow. Still better compared to other alternatives.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Currently the best cloud storage service you can get in the market.

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

Cloud storage.

Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) review by Erik R.
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"Really Cheap and scalable key value storage"

What do you like best?

It's no limit and cheap for storing large key values. We use it to store post contents that are also web accessible, so we mostly pay for a lot of writes. The storage price is insanely cheap for a comparable database (price per GB), but the writes are expensive for the usage. It's super easy to scale out, just pick a different region or Availability Zone, and you're safe.

What do you dislike?

The pricing for writes. If you create a lot of objects that is where the cost will be an issue. That also means deleting objects will be expensive. For us that is a huge red flag, since once the data is up there it would cost boatloads to get out of there.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Checkout Backblaze B2, as it is half the price of Amazon S3.

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

We run an RSS service and store the contents of the posts in S3. Previously we were using a MySQL database, but it would end up being a headache when disk constantly runs out, and we needed to write processes to clean up posts that were seldomly used. Now that storage is sooo cheap, we don't have to worry at all about old posts, since they cost next to nothing when they are up there.

Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) review by User in Information Technology and Services
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"Web data on the Data Web : Amazon S3"

What do you like best?

The provided options that are available for the S3 bucket objects is amazing. You might be wondering that you are actually navigating inside on folder and then further, but this is not the case. Everything on the S3 is an object itself, and the folder address we see is a virtual address for the file. If you need any jars, or any code that you want as a backup, but it needs to be deployed as well, you can keep it in the bucket and can give the URL of the file while deploying, or directly point to S3. But it is not finished yet, the most amazing part that I found was triggers. Imagine a scenario where you want an API to be called as soon as any file enters a particular folder. This happens on the S3 bucket. You can customize your trigger for events, like a file update, or delete, and then point the action to wherever you want. Call an API, maybe or call a lambda function, that is up to you.

What do you dislike?

The one disadvantage to that I felt strong about S3 is that it does not allow you to specify a “root object” or a default such as “index.html” to be the default file shown when someone views your S3 bucket’s URL . Also, S3 does not allow for dynamic content such as PHP files to be executed, meaning that you can only store static content. For this reason, you may still need to hold onto your traditional hosting in order to execute PHP scripts & MySQL. But you could again deploy them in ECS or RDS and point to those according to your comfort.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If your project/product is bound financially, then storage on AWS S3 might be a little heavy for you to consider. Else, it will deliver above expectations.

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

We have been keeping code Backups, jars for deployment, Amazon Lambda code, triggering Automatic mails using AWS SNS,etc. These have helped a lot in getting the work done at faster speeds. You do not need to setup your own SMTP server to send mails to your subscribers. It is very UI friendly and a mail system setup for n number of users can be done within 15-20 minutes or even less. Managing data, and accessing it programmatically has actually helped a lot in increasing delivery speed and is extremely beneficial for Agile.

Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) review by James G.
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"Fantastic way to store files in an easy-to-access API."

What do you like best?

I really like the ease of use via the API - both 3rd party bindings (We use Fog for Ruby) and the awscli provided by Amazon.

What do you dislike?

I dislike how confusing the pricing structure is. There are several options, and I hope that they are able to slim the variety down.

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

At my day job, we use Amazon Super Simple Storage Service ("S3") for our file storage and are preparing to roll out the CDN integration with CloudFront. The business problem is that we store large files (customer artwork) and retrieve it 2-3 times, but still need to hold onto it until the customer deletes it from their account (so archival isn't an option). GlusterFS and similar options that allow you to create a scalable network filesystem are too complex for our scenario, and the overhead on our small team would be massive. S3 fits the bill by being easy to deploy, use and manage. Previously, I spent 2-3 hours a week tending our network filesystem, and I'm really glad that Amazon S3 has taken this load off our plate and allowed us to focus on delivering value instead of managing a filesystem.

Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) review by Warren D.
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"Easy way to store documents and video for team access"

What do you like best?

Amazon's S3 - Simple Storage Service is a very easy way to store documents, images and videos in the cloud. I have a 6 person team all able to access and add to our document repository. Additionally, I'm a big fan of how documents are categorized into different categories depending on how often they are accessed. This makes it easy to find regularly used files and different levels of archived documents based on how long they've been inactive. It's really useful. I use Amazon's AWS service which allows web services to pull from the S3 storage database as well. Nice and easy integration.

What do you dislike?

The aesthetic design of S3 is somewhat lacking. While it is an easy to use system that isn't full of bells and whistles, the design of the pages could be be brought up to speed. It's not very appealing, but it does serve its purpose.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Very easy solution to use, but may not be the cheapest solution if you need it ONLY for cloud storage. We use it for web requests to that content as well which makes it much more valuable for me and my colleagues.

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

Amazon S3 has allowed me and my colleagues to easily access each other's documents in a secure cloud setting and also allow our web site visitors to access, via AWS, the video files we host in S3. It's a simple to use, easily accessible, low cost cloud storage solution.

Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) review by Cristian N.
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"Foundation storage for all"

What do you like best?

Simplicity: It' has a cleart interface and simple access patterns.

Reliability and Redundancy: Data gets stored automatically in different zones.

Low lastency: The multizone gives the best of all words for access from anywhere.

Availability: Data is avaiable all the time

Cost - it's very cost effective

Flexibility: Offers different type of storage for different access patterns - Cold and Hot data

What do you dislike?

Sharding - the sharding could be improved or be more flexible- it''s simple but sometimes you want localityy in the data and then you need to come up with sophisticated keys.

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

Backup Media reducing storage cost - It has improved the access patterns of our storage needs and also has the benefits of cold storage

Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) review by Natalia K.
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"S3 is a convenient way of storing static data"

What do you like best?

- It is a reliable, scalable and cost effective solution

- provides a very simple way of accessing and managing data

- the integration with other web services is straight forward using REST

- it is possible to use it for static sites

- it supports object versioning, that cold be quite useful

What do you dislike?

It should be kept in mind that the file retrieving can increase the price and as a result it can lead to a higher spend than expected. Also the default limit of buckets per account is 100, but for must people it won't be an issue.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It is a great cloud storage solution, that is reliable, easy to use and highly scalable. You definitely should consider using it, especially if you are using other amazon services

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

It is a great solution for companies or personal use to store large amount of data. I'm mainly using it to store static content of web applications and various backups. I found it quite easy to integrate with one of my web applications to store all its static content like videos and images

Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) review by jayanath K.
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"pleasant so far"

What do you like best?

i like that there are multiple data-centers around the world which means that my users can access my content way More Faster.

What do you dislike?

i dislike that my content is not well secure which means that it's not encrypted and can easily be accessed by the government in case they wanted to look inside my content,and can be scanned by Amazon algorithm.

Recommendations to others considering the product

i recommend to New people who are considering to switch to S3 to learn how to navigate their way in as the AWS interface can be overwhelming and once they pass that everything would look very easy and simple

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

the most important thing to me is that my content can be accessed way more faster using the s3 and also the High uptime that s3 Provide which makes it the most reliable.

Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) review by User in Internet
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"Flexible, Reliable and Safe Cloud Storage for Any Online Business"

What do you like best?

The multitude of apps available to interact with S3 and make it easier to use. There are software apps to transfer files, backup computers, servers, with both short term and long term storage options.

What do you dislike?

Natively, it is a nightmare for beginners and non-technical users to figure out how to use S3. But if you can navigate software, there are apps to help you with that.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Highly recommend S3 for anyone with an online business, or someone that wants flexible, low cost cloud storage. If you are not technical, use one of the many software apps created for interaction with S3 or ask someone technically inclined to setup and run any backups to S3 for you. You can't beat the price or reliability of S3, highly recommended.

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

Backup of important files, distribution of software, backup of USB storage devices locally, ebooks and other digital products for most of the websites and clients websites we run.

Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) review by Consultant
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"Nice place to put data for archive"

What do you like best?

Easy to make space to save the data. Method of making bucket is so simple.

What do you dislike?

Difference between normal file system and S3 storage is not so familiar with customer and sometimes face trouble regarding the misunderstanding of each function

Recommendations to others considering the product

It is so good tool to put the data for secondary back up or archiving since it is much more easier to setup compared with tape device and data is also protected via multi site. Besides, the speed when restoring the data from the s3 area is much more faster than what I thought, so I strongly recommend using S3. Some people afraid about the security since it is the function in public cloud, but so many security setting are there in AWS, so not afraid and just try to use it as you want.

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

We get the back up of the data saved in Purestorage by commvault to S3 storage in AWS.

Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) review by SHAILESH P.
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"Aewsome service for storage on S3"

What do you like best?

The ease of use with amazon S3 is the best thing. Customization is also one of the key point. Really useful to for debugging purposes for developers.

What do you dislike?

Sometimes, S3 browser doesn't work correctly.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Absolutely, with minimum cost you get unlimited storage to use.

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

We are getting unlimited storage on S3 and hence we are less worried about space issue on our own servers. Easy to use, customization and ease of browsing data in S3. As a developer i solve the purpose of what files are being stored everyday and can easily check the S3 and verify it.

Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) review by Internal Consultant in Automotive
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"cost effective product"

What do you like best?

THe best part of this product : S3 is :

1. Ease of use.

2. Pay as you go.

3. durability

4. Fault Tolerance

Each of these above are features I like the most.

But ease of use and security take the full credit.

What do you dislike?

Honestly, I dont have much that I do not like. The only thing I can say is that the S3 does have many options and although they are cheap, the costs can go up. Ppl dont realize that if you dont need something, you can delete it, and the S3 buckets also have options to move to glacier, further reducing your cost.

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

The business problems I am solving are : Ease of use, and accessiblity to my files (objects) from anywhere. In the real estate business, sending a link to a customer and getting them to view the pictures immedeately is a great feature.

Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) review by Mohamad S.
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"Best cloud storage service"

What do you like best?

External hard drive in the cloud which allows you to easily organize your data in buckets. I love that you can set permissions so not all team members can access everything.

The durability of the storage is quoted as being able to survive concurrent faults, which is absolutely awesome. You can also set life cycle rules to automatically migrate files that auto generate (logs for us).

What do you dislike?

Domain name being in bucket name format is a bit of an issue. You also need to be aware that at some point the server might restart, so you have to have back ups.

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

Improving healthcare outcomes through the use of technology. S3 has vastly improved our ability to focus on business problems instead of worrying about hardware/storage.

Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) review by Administrator
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"serverless before serverless"

What do you like best?

S3 lets us continually store massive amounts of data and easily manage their lifecycle. we never have to worry about storage capacity or overloaded servers. we can integrate the object storage capabilities into various parts of our offerings which benefits our customers. its api-driven nature means we can easily side-load an extra copy of, say, website backups, directly to a bucket our customers control themselves.

What do you dislike?

static site hosting with regards to ssl needs some work, to avoid jumping through hoops

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

we use it for backups as well as serving of live assets for tens or terabytes of customer data. some of our clients have hundreds of gigabytes of image assets for their sites which gets expensive to host on EBS. the solution we offer using S3 is an automatic offload to s3 + live image proxy. this solution has saved our customers thousands of dollars.

Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) review by Sri Divya N.
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"Easy to understand and use"

What do you like best?

The ease of use and maintenance is one of the best features of S3.

The bucket creation and maintenance process is very easy and hence anybody with a basic understanding of S3 usage will be able to store any kind of data.

The interruptions happen rarely and the stored data is very easy to access.

What do you dislike?

There are certain issues with the connection and it can be interrupted at times. But the user will not know immediately if the connection is interrupted. AWS keeps giving error messages but does not let you know even if the session has ended because of the interruption.

There are too many parameters that you do not know or understand when you use it initially and the documentation provided by AWS is not very good.

Recommendations to others considering the product

it is very easy to understand once you get the initial setup done. Storing data is very easy and one would not need additional training to maintain the system after the initial setup is done.

For companies who need to maintain large amounts of data, this is one of the best options if it is in your price range.

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

Storing and maintaining large amount of data

Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) review by Craig N.
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"A great, versatile, and affordable storage solution"

What do you like best?

S3 is an awesome storage solution that is by no means just "storage". Think of S3 as more of a super-awesome, cost-effective SAN/NAS device. You can use it as storage for EC2, you can also host HTML right from S3 without even needing to start an EC2 server. You can use it to deliver video streams, perform content delivery in conjunction with CLoudFront, You can use it to share files, you can use it as a back-up service, and I could go on all day about all the uses.

What do you dislike?

I really don't have any dislikes. The sharing ability isn't that easy if you attempt to utilize it as a cloud drive like GoogleDrive/OneDrive, but it is not intended to be used that way anyways. Just don't get confused. This is a versatile storage solution.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Explore all of the capabilities and plan accordingly. It is really a drag when you get that light above your head an go "OH!! I could have used S3 for this..." Then have to tear apart your app & infrastructure :)

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

This solves upfront equipment costs, data centre costs, and saves in the cost of having a backup/disaster recovery solution in place while having a peace of mind that my data is safe, secure, and capable of being delivered a lot faster than if I did it myself.

Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) review by Venkatesh W.
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"Highly flexible cloud storage service with simple interfacing to other Amazon Web Services"

What do you like best?

1. Easy to use. I've used it through Python SDK, Android SDK and AWS CLI

2. Provides easy interface to Glacier, for long-term back ups

3. When it comes to data transfer rate between EC2 and S3, it's just unbelievable and super fast.

4. When it comes to access and permissions, it has got good features like bucket policy etc

What do you dislike?

Free tier storage space is up to 5 GB only, other than that I can't think of any negative side of S3.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Easy to use and flexible one stop shop for all your cloud based storage needs, if you're targetting AI, Machine Learning, Data analytics based applications.

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

Working on deep learning and IoT based projects. S3 acts as wonderful cloud storage and gels well with EC2. While text data can be published using IoT's MQTT and alerts can be handled through SNS, S3 helps us for the easy storage of captured images in our application.

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