Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) is an essential AWS service that does exactly what it’s named for: it provides an easy-to-use, cost-effective online object storage. It’s a favorite storage provider for more than 200,000 developers from small start-ups to well-established corporations–and not without good reason.
Firstly, unlike with physical drives, there is no upfront cost for using S3. It turns capital expenditure into operational expenditure instead, because you only ever pay for the storage you use. Secondly, you have access to an unlimited amount of space, so storing large amounts of data becomes very affordable indeed.
With physical drives, guessing how much storage space you need is a delicate balancing act—get too little and you will stall operations, get too much and you would be wasting resources. S3 removes guessing from the equation: simply pay for what you want and obtain more when your need grows. You no longer have to worry about getting fined or having your website shut down for exceeding storage limits. And should you need less, you can always scale your usage back.
Reliable and Secure
Part of storage is making certain you can protect your data from disasters and downtimes. To that end, S3 automatically makes backup copies of your data for safe-keeping. It even preserves all the versions of your files, so you can restore something that was accidentally edited or deleted. S3 also comes with its own access control policies so you can control and monitor who gets access to your data.
Interfaces with other Amazon products
S3 works well in conjunction with Amazon EC2, Glacier, or Cloudfront. If you are already using these services, you can expect a quicker response time by using S3. Want to stream videos? Set up a Cloudfront distribution system and link it up with S3.
Suitable for Websites
If your website is made up of static files, you can host the entire thing on S3. You can then expect a faster response than if you use shared hosting. Finally, Amazon also guarantees 99.9% uptime and file durability, so you can have peace of mind that your data will be safe and available when you need it.
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