Amazon S3 review

The biggest. One of the oldest. Used by many big brands, small, medium and huge enterprises and millions around the globe.
Amazon Web Services (AWS) offers a wide range of cloud storage solutions for enterprises. The Simple Storage Service a.k.a. S3 is the most well-known and the most supported one.

History of Amazon S3

We don't want to bore you with each technical update and news about Amazon S3 (though if you are interested visit their documentation), we only want you to see how big and fast growing Amazon S3 became since its launch date which signifies its durability, scalability and performance:

Why we chose it?

Because Amazon S3 was designed to store, analyze and retrieve big amount of data anytime, from anywhere on the web.

Isn't that awesome?

It has its own web service interface but you can use APIs as well to get the data. Yes! You can reach it from any device at any time.
You can choose from five+one classes when considering storing your data.

Wait a minute! Why five+one classes?

From the perspective of availability Amazon S3 Standard, Amazon S3 Intelligent-Tiering, Amazon S3 Standard-IA, Amazon S3 Glacier and Amazon S3 Glacier Deep Archive (this one is coming soon) stores your data at least at 3 availability zones, meanwhile Amazon S3 One Zone-IA stores them only at one which entails data loss if something happens to that availability zone.

Thanks to the already existing 19 AWS regions and 57 availability zones the level of availability is the highest. If that wouldn't be enough Amazon announced to expand the regions by 5 and the availability zones by 15.

Now that is what we call high-availability!

If you want to store your data with Amazon S3 you can choose the region you would like to store your bucket of objects. Your data will be stored within one region at (minimum) three physically separated availability zones unless you choose Amazon S3 One Zone-IA. Regions are completely independent and availability zones within one region are physically isolated but linked to each other with low latency and high throughput. Storing objects in three or more availability zones decreases the chances of losing data dramatically.

Amazon boasts an uptime of 11 9s!

Hold on, we'll explain you this!
11 9s is 99,999999999% of uptime. If you store your data with Amazon S3 you may lose only 1 object out of your stored 10.000.000 within 10.000 years.
There is no chance of data loss!

As for the security issues...

You can either opt for a client-side encryption or pay Amazon for a server-side encryption. No matter what, your data will be securely stored with Amazon S3.
You can also use versioning, this way all the versions of an object will be available in your bucket. If you ever delete or overwrite an object by accident you can easily restore the previous version.
The other option to prevent unintended deletion or overwriting for a fixed amount of time is using Object Lock.

Amazon doesn't do overselling. In a few words:

You pay for what you use!

You pay for the amount of data stored and the number of requests (GET, PUT, LIST, COPY, etc.) and management. You even have the benefit of choosing a cheaper region over the closest to you.

Amazon S3 is the ideal cloud platform for many businesses - among others - app developers, research and data centers, media and streaming companies, server and web hosting companies.
No wonder so many big names trusted it so far!

What extra will you gain?

Amazon S3 is the product of AWS which means it can be integrated to almost every AWS service.

Do you know why that is amazing?

Because you can use Amazon Athena to analyze extensive amount of unstructured data.
Because it can be integrated with Amazon MACIE, a machine-learning security service that identifies and protects sensitive data.

Did I mention AWS Marketplace?

AWS Marketplace is virtually a giant software mall. If you simply don't have enough time to find the right software to go on with your business, visit AWS Marketplace and buy the software you need. What is even more fantastic is that you can search among many vendors and reviews from other users before you make a choice.