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What is Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3)?

Amazon S3 is storage for the Internet. It is designed to make web-scale computing easier for developers. Amazon S3 provides a simple web services interface that can be used to store and retrieve any amount of data, at any time, from anywhere on the web. It gives any developer access to the same highly scalable, reliable, secure, fast, inexpensive infrastructure that Amazon uses to run its own global network of web sites. The service aims to maximize benefits of scale and to pass those benefits on to developers.

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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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Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Amazon's AWS S3 provides world class cloud hosting of static content and objects. Using S3 any content which needs to be served over internet for websites or apps could be stored and retrieved with AWS console panel. They also offer SDK and API's for the same purpose, which are very good for custom needs. It's fast, safe and secure. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

AWS S3 has it's own cons, it is not suitable for everyone beyond the free tier as pricing is very high. Second thing it's settings and other properties are a little complicated. It can't be directly connected to AWS EC2 server, we have do follow many steps in order to get both of them worked for the same project. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

We are using AWS S3 to store our email's common content like graphics, vectors and all. Our organisation also use AWS S3 for it's website's various objects too as it is a fast, safe and secure service offered by the leading brand Amazon. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

1. Amazon Web Services (AWS) S3 is one of the best cloud storage service for static content or various objects.

2. They offer 5 GB of free storage under AWS Free trial. Even after that the pricing of AWS S3 is reasonable.

3. They offers various extra things like Versioning, various security settings and other options, so we can customize everything according to the needs of the organisation.

4. They offer easy access of settings as well as all bucket data from their console panel as well as through their API's. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

1. There settings are still complex even in the newest version of S3, a little mistake makes it stop working.

2. Pricing for video streaming using AWS S3 is very high comparing to its competitors. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

AWS S3 is a good choice to store objects and static content over cloud, so if one requires to store something over the cloud, he/she can use it. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

We are using S3 to store and retrieve static content for our websites and its sub products. It is very fast to use and very safe and secure for the content. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
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Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Amazon S3 has always been easy to use, and the recent update to the UI has made it even better.

The flexibility to expand storage when necessary, and pricing options or tiers, makes it very convenient.

It is intuitive to use, and allows for storing practically unlimited amounts of data with reliability and consistency. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Sometimes managing permissions or connections to other AWS services can be slightly complex if there are many different levels of access necessary. It is important to manage security permissions carefully if there are private files or folders.

Usually using 3rd party applications to navigate the folder structure is easier than using the UI directly, but that has been improved recently with the UI upgrade. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

This is a competitively priced service and works seamlessly with other AWS services. There are also integrations with other non-Amazon services if necessary. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

Problems solved: managing access to data, storing data, and using as a base for data analysis. This can collect data from multiple sources easily, store any format of file, and has many options for managing security or access within S3. There are also easy options for migrating data where necessary, making it very simple to move across data.

Benefits: easy for others to collaborate because access to a single site can be managed easily. It is also flexible in expanding to meet new data needs. It works seamlessly with other AWS services so that data can be manipulated easily to meet business needs. For example, converting into tables with RDS, processing data with Glue, or performing queries with Athena. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Review source: Invitation from G2
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What do you like best?

AWS S3 comes with AWS Trial, so it's easy to setup. It allows static file serving to the end users without much to worry as it is not too expensive for large data. Although it have upto 5GB storage for free, storing more than that too is feasible because of it's nice pricing. And the uptime can't be ignored when we talk about the best thing of AWS S3. The static data can be synced with one line of code directly from AWS Ec2 instance within few seconds without incurring any charges for the transfer. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

It's a little complex when we set up the AWS s3 for the first time. As we have to create bucket through console and then we have setup policies, choose from various settings, a little headache for the beginners. The main issue that I personally feel with AWS is that messing with AWS s3 settings without advanced knowledge ends up either leaking out the files over the internet or not serving at all. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

If your website is loading slow, move on your static content to S3 for faster loading. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

We serve most of our static content, starting from images to videos through Amazon Simple Storage Service or simply AWS S3, it allows the faster loading of content as well as lowers the load on the website or app server. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

I think S3 is the best object storage service available in the market. It is very easy to start with this as it doesn't require a lot of learning. S3's security and reliability is really good. Managing access on a bucket is also easy. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Modifying an existing file would require to create a new entry. You will have download, modify and then push that again Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

We have been using this as a cold storage service keeping data in CSV file. There are many great features of this including security and reliability. Storing data based on the geolocation is again a great feature of this service. Also, this can be used to store config or properties files. It's integration with other AWS tool make it more useful. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

We are using this service to store our user data mostly in term of csv files. Also, we are using this to store configuration/properties file. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Amazon's S3 Service offers 5GB Free Storage, it is most of the times sufficient for website owners. It's higher uptime and fast service makes it perfect fit to our requirements. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

It's settings, like Bucket Policy, Versioning etc are little complex, only advanced user or experienced developer can handle this. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

If you are a Startup and wanna deploy your static files over the cloud, give it a try. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

We are using Amazon's S3 to store and retrieve our static files, like Images, Videos, etc. We have realized that it's performance is satisfactory in the terms of fast loading of content and best uptime. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

The best thing about AWS S3 is that it comes with the free trial of AWS and it provides 5GB of Free Storage per month. It's high availability, faster loading performance makes it one of the best option. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

It's little bit complex to setup and maintain due to it's various types of policy and other settings like versioning. It's latest version is quite improved, but it still requires more good ui/ux. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

We are using AWS S3 to store and retrieve static content of our product(s), like Videos, images etc. It helps the faster loading of content. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Functional Tester
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
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Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

1. Supports simple integration

2. Can be deployed without much technical knowledge (not for advanced use)

3. Almost no down-time

It is also included in the free-tier. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Sometimes, though rarely, the files get corrupted during uploading. A stable connection is must is AWS is used in web integrations (not like FTP with can be used also on slow connections). Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

If you are planning to run a service/company online, then I would recommend you AWS S3 storage. The price may be little high for short periods, but if you are planning for long time period then it is not much. Moreover, stability is also an important deciding factor and S3 will surely not give you an additional headache regarding stability. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

For a crowd testing platform, it is essential to ensure proper access for clients as well as testers. Using the storage service the testers can upload the file and share the links with the clients directly. There is no problem of maintaining a separate storage server and also the tester don't have to use their cloud storage space. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
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Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Accessing the storage is fast and there are many options to mount the storage to your computer. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

A little complicated to get set up but they do have tutorials. The tutorials are thorough and if followed correctly anyone should be able to get things set up. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Read through the tutorials and instructions before starting to set up. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

We are using it to archive files and also to backup files that we need to access regularly. This allows us to have accessible backups in the cloud that can be accessed from anywhere. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Initially, I used S3 as an image store for user uploads until I found out it could be so much more. I also use S3 to host static websites (Freely). With Route53 I can link a domain to an S3 bucket with the web files and have a fully functional web Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Configuring S3 can be a headache the first time. Access to an S3 bucket has to be managed from ACLs, Bucket Policy and CORS which is a little too much at times. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

S3 has the most affordable storage rates of any platform I've used on the internet. I was quite surprised that a number of hosting platforms are built on top of S3 while billing us at unbelievable rates yet the pay so little for the S3 infrastructure Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
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Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
Data and Cloud Consultant
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Organic
What do you like best?

S3 is easy to use, fast, reliable and cheap compared to other competitors with a different set of storage classes for a variety of use cases Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

I dislike the user interface of the s3 console. However the cli is simple and i prefer using it. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

I use s3 as a data lake for logs generated by the client’s application Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Senior Software Engineer
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Maximum availability, ease to access and it is at very low cost Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Renaming the bucket, no way to to change it directly.

Cannot upload compressed and and extraordinary with in the bucket Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Access management make sure that our objects are used by the intended audience only.

Makes integration and orchestration of s3 services successfully fulfilled

Services and UI is easy to understand Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

Access management make sure that our objects are used by the intended audience only.

Makes integration and orchestration of s3 services successfully fulfilled

Services and UI is easy to understand Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Amazon S3 is a very simple solution to use, very reliable, which you could always trust in if you need to host any files for your business. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

What not to love? Its an awesome tool, but they charge for it. It'd be even better if the price was more attractive. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

Go for it, you won't regret. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

We can easily host files without worrying about the quantity of access. Thus, if we need to host a static file that will be reached by millions of users (thousands simultaneously), S3 really handles it. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Enterprise(> 1000 emp.)
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Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

- Easy to use in our office environment where we host couple of static websites.

- We also use this as our storage service for some of the models we train in aws sagemaker

- If you are already using aws in your office environment then this is the best on-cloud storage you could get.

- S3 charge is ver less and they charge more for read and write Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

- Bound to only aws ecosystem so cannot integrate more from outside aws

- Configuration of Route 53 can be difficult for simple hosting. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

If you are on AWS eco system then no need to think about the storage and you should go for it. If you haven't used anything in aws then you have other storages as well but this is also good Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

- We use it to own our small websites

- We use it as storage service for ML models that are large in size

- We use it for other storages like log files, some poc data that is to be used in aws ecosystem

So overall we use S3 more like storage services on cloud Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Campaign Manager
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Organic
What do you like best?

we have a large team of over 100 remote employees, performing many different functions. We are able to effectively store and manage recordings in an extremely efficient manner. This is extremely helpful because several of our units need to access the stored audio recordings, on a daily basis. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

again, this product does EXACTLY what we need and want it to do. It performs a simple function for our team, and there is not much room for error or dislikes. It meets our goals perfectly. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

you can rest assure that amazon will provide you with whatever storage needs you have, and pretty effortlessly as well. This is extremely easy to use and it hasnt failed us once. We have about 1000 audio recordings a week minimum stored with them. Its a simple process to store them as well as retrieve them when needed. Again, this will do the job. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

our number of recordings/files that we absolutely must have stored and on hand, had grown to the point that we needed to outsource from wherever my team previously stored them. It may hav been in house, I was not here before they switched over. We probably create at least one thousand unique files a week that are stored there. At a min of 1000 a week, that adds up, and with amazon as our storage hub, its seamless as if it were 1 small file by itself. Th siimplicity is second to none. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Working on amazon's simple storage system (S3) from last 10 months, If you are looking for an affordable, multi-purpose means of storing data in the cloud, then Amazon’s S3 is an option worth considering. i used S3 for storing large amount of static data of our application for example 1)website's static content 2)Large size video files 3) large size image files , 4)application s static files etc .

Amazon S3 keeps the redundant data across multiple data centers for high scalability. The user can select the region where his/her data will be stored. This reduces the latency in storing and retrieving the data. Amazon S3 also offers security on the objects provided by amazon SLA.. The user can make the object publicly or privately accessible. We can also store encrypted data in Amazon S3, and it guarantees a server uptime of 99.9 percent.

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What do you dislike?

The main disadvantage i found of using the Amazon S3 is rename the bucket. There is no direct way to do it. One need to copy entire content to the different bucket with intended bucket name and then remove the old bucket. Sometimes it creates issues.

also speed and performance is low compared to Amazon Cloudfront network. also you can not edit the content directly on s3 you have to edit your static code files on your machine then you have to replace it on S3 also you can not execute code on s3 Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

If you are looking for low cost, highly secure, and highly scalable storage system then amazon Simple Storage Service is for you , however you can not achieve same speed and performance like Amazon Cloudfront network. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

AWS S3 is an Object Store and not a File Store system which gives much advantage over others. I liked the scalability and security provided to data by AWS s3 S3 Standard offers 99.99% availability and 99.999999999% durability of the data also data storage cost is very low compared to others you can easily host your websites static contents on S3 without worrying about scalability durability and security of the data also you can access s3 object from anywhere around the world Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Research Engineer
Mid-Market(51-1000 emp.)
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Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

Data is very valuable and it is increasing day by day. So, storage of the data is key an aspect of any organization. The Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) is right now one of the best cloud storage services. We can store any kind of data into S3 (like text, pdf, audio, video, etc.) which supports HIPPA complaints. The best thing I like about S3 is that It has strong access policy which secures your data from the unwanted user. It has different access levels like user-level, module-level or amazon service-level. In a nutshell, The S3 is very secure and flexible cloud storage compares to other services in the market. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

The Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) has all the feature and functionality, but it also some limitation. The interface of S3 is quite slow and not user-friendly. On top of that, it can be improved uppon throughput of the service. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

If you have a large amount of data and want to secure in the cloud, then Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) is one of the best platform. Moreover, the price of this service is not that expensive. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

We are using local machines to store all our data which are generated by our products. But, after realizing the usage of Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) we have moved all our storage technique to S3. Mostly we are storing our logs into s3 bucket and using other services we can collect all the logs from S3 and able to visualize it. We have also defined different access level to s3 bucket for specific purposes. We use this service for the last 4 years and it gives tremendous ROI using S3. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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Security Consultant
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

The flexibility and feasibility to store the dynamic content on cloud storage while ensuring cost efficiency. A must use application for people who are looking for cheap storage but that is very efficient as well. This application not only can be used to store content but also helps in maintaining security of the code. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Does not compatible with system level tooling. There should be a dedicated desktop/laptop application that give s3 access on the go. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

Recommendations to others considering the product:

A must use application for people who are looking for cheap storage but that is very efficient as well. This application not only can be used to store content but also helps in maintaining security of the code. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

Storing heavy media content on the cloud. Flexibility, cost efficiency and ease of use are its greatest features. A must use application for people who are looking for cheap storage but that is very efficient as well. This application not only can be used to store content but also helps in maintaining security of the code. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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CTO
Small-Business(50 or fewer emp.)
Validated Reviewer
Verified Current User
Review source: Invitation from G2
What do you like best?

It's incredibly reliable and affordable.

Its resilience figure is just astonishing 99.99999. After initial latency to setup the stream (both in upload and in download) the speed of data transfer is super fast.

Objects in the store can be tagged, encrypted at rest (both with automatic keys provided by AWS and with keys you can provide yourself for maximum privacy), versioned and served via HTTPS. You can even host a static website using just S3. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

What do you dislike?

Initial latency can be long. Also, uploading a file can result in a HTTP/202, and the file not be available for others to download for many more seconds. Maximum size of an object is 5GB, but you can make multi-segment objects. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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

Storing big amounts of data at a very affordable price is now a reality. Review collected by and hosted on G2.com.

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