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Amazon S3 is #5 ranked solution in top Public Cloud Storage Services. PeerSpot users give Amazon S3 an average rating of 10 out of 10. Amazon S3 is most commonly compared to Oracle Cloud Object Storage: Amazon S3 vs Oracle Cloud Object Storage. The top industry researching this solution are professionals from a computer software company, accounting for 33% of all views.
What is Amazon S3?

Amazon Simple Storage Service is storage for the Internet. It is designed to make web-scale computing easier for developers.

Amazon S3 has a simple web services interface that you can use 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, fast, inexpensive data storage 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.

Amazon S3 was previously known as S3, Simple Storage Service.

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What users are saying about Amazon S3 pricing:
  • "The cost of storage is cheap. However, the cost to have a better interface can get expensive. We are using Athena for this purpose and if we did some heavy queries the cost will start adding up. When the Athena query is running, it will scan the bucket and they charge for how many GBs we are going to scan. The function of scanning has a lot of costs attached to it, this is a negative point."
  • "The licensing is pay as you go, and I'm happy with the pricing."
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    Nibrask Alambilat Kaniyat
    System Administrator at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
    Real User
    Top 20
    Secure, scalable, and easy to manage and understand
    Pros and Cons
    • "It is easy to manage and easy to understand."
    • "We need the mapping to Windows. That feature is needed in S3. That feature is in the Azure cloud where we can map it like a drive. We can map the cloud storage to the effort driving our Windows PC. But Amazon is not providing that feature for the S3 solution."

    What is our primary use case?

    I am managing the S3 storage solution from Amazon. From Microsoft, I'm managing the Azure administration. I handle that. As a part of that, I need to create the virtual machines, a point to site to VPN and Azure AD, AD synchronization with Windows server, a database server, mail server, and web server. I administrate all that.

    We use Amazon S3 for storing files and documents on the cloud. I fill out the user whenever the files they use are downloaded. That is fully automated. After a few days, it can delete it. I've done the policy for the automated deletion.

    Amazon S3 is great. We are using it for storage solutions.

    How has it helped my organization?

    Due to using S3, our data documents are safe and easy to access. It is better to keep them in the cloud as opposed to in our internal drive. You can access them from anywhere. Especially during the pandemic period, we are able to access remotely, as well. So it's good.

    What is most valuable?

    We are using the basic S3 bucket. It is easy to manage and easy to understand.

    What needs improvement?

    We need the mapping to Windows. That feature is needed in S3. That feature is in the Azure cloud where we can map it like a drive. We can map the cloud storage to the effort driving our Windows PC. But Amazon is not providing that feature for the S3 solution.

    In the next release I would like to see mapping on the Windows machine. In Windows, there are drives right in volumes. We need to map these Amazon S3 storage to the Windows. That usually is available in the Azure. I would like to have that in the Amazon as well.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    We have been using Amazon S3 for just six months as of now.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    In terms of stability, it is good and has no issues.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    We can scale Amazon S3 for storage. We can increase or scale up and we can scale down. It's easy to manage.

    I'm happy where I'm at right now. If we need more storage, we will implement. We'll scale it up.

    How are customer service and support?

    As of now, I haven't needed to contact support. It is really easy to manage. Even for the small issues, we can just Google the issues and find the solution. For complex issues, we may need to contact them, but as of now, I haven't needed to. I haven't faced any issues like that, so I didn't contact support. We have found that there is enough online documentation regarding S3.

    Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

    We switched because of the security and scalability. It is highly secure because nobody can access it. Before we had solutions using an FTP and SFTP. That protocol is different and we are now using the S3. We need a shared key and an access secret key to access the particular storage. Without that, we cannot access. We cannot do anything. So security is more important. That's why we switched to Amazon S3.

    How was the initial setup?

    The initial setup is simple and easy to manage.

    It's not actually a deployment. It is a simple step. Within five minutes, we can deploy it.

    Our implementation strategy for the solution is based on the user's document files and how much GB they want and how they want to access that particular story's solution. Based on that scenario, I create the S3 bucket on the cloud for the particular users - whoever wants to access that particular S3. I created that particular IM user, the user access for that particular storage. I make an access policy to that particular storage.

    What was our ROI?

    Our ROI is good based on our usage. We have multiple users who are accessing this S3 storage.

    What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

    It's a monthly pricing.

    We are happy with the pricing.

    What other advice do I have?

    Amazon S3 is a great solution.

    My advice is to have an implementation strategy based on the user usage.

    On a scale of one to ten, I would give Amazon S3 an eight.

    Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

    Public Cloud

    If public cloud, private cloud, or hybrid cloud, which cloud provider do you use?

    Amazon Web Services (AWS)
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    HAPPY BHALLA
    Senior Software Engineer at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
    Real User
    Top 20
    Effective for storing data, provides inexpensive storage, and stable
    Pros and Cons
    • "This solution is good at storing historical data and we were using it for other purposes."
    • "When we need to find the queries there is no user interface, it is the only textual format that is bulky. If we need some data we will use Athena for queries and we will get results. When comparing this solution to others, such as DataDog, they provide a wonderful UI, and user-friendly dashboards, and many other features that this solution is lacking."

    What is our primary use case?

    We use this solution to store the historical data of the customer. Additionally, we are creating JSON format data while running our application and we are pushing this JSON format data to the Amazon S3.

    What is most valuable?

    This solution is good at storing historical data and we were using it for other purposes.

    What needs improvement?

    When we need to find the queries there is no user interface, it is the only textual format that is bulky. If we need some data we will use Athena for queries and we will get results. When comparing this solution to others, such as DataDog, they provide a wonderful UI, and user-friendly dashboards, and many other features that this solution is lacking.

    We have found that the query takes too much time to process and it is quite difficult to receive the data.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I have been using the solution for approximately three years.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    The solution is stable.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    I have found the solution scalable.

    How was the initial setup?

    The initial setup was quite complex. We needed to create some endpoints but with a little effort everything turned out alright. Additionally, we use Kafka queues and we send them to the S3 bucket. With the help of shell scripts, we run one script and we receive the data from Kafka queue, topic by topic, and we send the data to the S3 bucket.

    What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

    The cost of storage is cheap. However, the cost to have a better interface can get expensive. We are using Athena for this purpose and if we did some heavy queries the cost will start adding up. When the Athena query is running, it will scan the bucket and they charge for how many GBs we are going to scan. The function of scanning has a lot of costs attached to it, this is a negative point.

    Which other solutions did I evaluate?

    I have evaluated Datadog and Kibana and we are planning on moving away from Amazon S3 and S3 Athena because the other solutions provide the latest technology.

    What other advice do I have?

    We should not use this solution for the purpose of the logs. We realized if we need to track the logs and a few other things we should use a good log platform which would have been better.

    We plan to keep using this solution in the future but only for a specific set of purposes. We are moving away from S3 to a different solution, such as Datadog or Elasticsearch because 80% of the usage is only for storage purposes. We will keep on doing the same thing in the future. Only 20% of our usage we are planning to move from S3 to a log platform.

    I would advise others if this solution fits the use case or expected usage for the end-user then I would recommend it. If they can afford everything that is involved, such as storage and usage fees, then it would be a good choice. They have to consider how frequently they want to access the data from the storage, how many heavy queries they want to run, and are they going to manipulate the data or retrieve the data. They should consider all these scenarios before they make the decision to implement the solution.

    I rate Amazon S3an eight out of ten.

    Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

    Private Cloud
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    Oscar Mejia
    IT-Services Manager & Solution Architect at Stratis
    Real User
    Top 5Leaderboard
    Flexible with good pricing and a straightforward setup
    Pros and Cons
    • "The initial setup is not difficult or overly complex. It's very straightforward and easy to implement."
    • "Technical support could have a faster response time."

    What is our primary use case?

    We primarily use the solution in order to share static files among web applications and mobile applications.

    What is most valuable?

    The ability to have everything in the cloud is the most valuable aspect of the solution. 

    It allows me to only pay for what I use. Therefore, the pricing model is very useful.

    The initial setup is straightforward.

    The solution has been stable so far.

    We've found the scalability to be good.

    What needs improvement?

    I don't really have any pain points with this product. There isn't really anything to complain about. It does what we need it to do.

    Technical support could have a faster response time. They are a bit slow right now.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I've been using the solution for three or four years or so at this point. It's been a while.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    The solution is fairly stable. There are no bugs or glitches. It doesn't crash or freeze. It's reliable and its performance is good.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    The scalability is good. If a company can expand it, it can do so with ease.

    Mostly, we implement this solution for small businesses.

    At this point, neither we nor our clients have any plans to increase the usage.

    How are customer service and technical support?

    Technical support is okay. They aren't good or bad. They are somewhere in the middle. Our main issue is the fact that they take too long to answer questions. Sometimes you need to wait up to two days to get any kind of response from them. They need to provide answers in a more timely manner.

    How was the initial setup?

    The initial setup is not difficult or overly complex. It's very straightforward and easy to implement. A company shouldn't have any issues with the process.

    The deployment times vary according to the company and its requirements. It could take anywhere from days to weeks.

    You only need one person to handle the implementation process. It doesn't take a big team or a lot of people.

    What about the implementation team?

    We are an implementor and can implement the solution for clients if they need us to.

    What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

    The pricing is very fair. It's actually pretty inexpensive. We only pay for what we use. We don't have to pay for anything else.

    Which other solutions did I evaluate?

    We did not evaluate another product before ultimately choosing this solution. We went immediately to Amazon.

    What other advice do I have?

    We are implementors.

    I would recommend the solution to other companies. it's a very flexible product. It's cheap. You pay for what you get. It's just a cloud. AWS has a really good cloud implementation. I could not compare it with any other -such as Azure or Google - as I have not tried any of those. Users who would like to look at other options should check out Gartner's Magic Quadrant. However, any company can go easily to AWS straight away and be sure that they're going to pay a good price for a good service.

    I'd rate the solution at a ten out of ten.

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    CEO at a tech vendor with 1-10 employees
    Real User
    Helpful technical support, good reliability, and capable of expanding
    Pros and Cons
    • "The main aspect we like is that it's been easy to use."
    • "The pricing and licensing are pretty complex."

    What is our primary use case?

    Most of the files and some of the services connect, using the Amazon service. Our application foundation is on that and we are writing our solutions right now. After that, we will begin to sell it to other customers.

    What is most valuable?

    The main aspect we like is that it's been easy to use.

    The solution scales well.

    The solution is stable.

    Technical support has been helpful.

    What needs improvement?

    The pricing and licensing are pretty complex. It needs to be simplified. 

    They have no development environment. That means that even during the development time, we are paying.

    The initial setup can be a bit complex.

    It would be helpful if there were more templates available. 

    For how long have I used the solution?

    Our application is still new. We are just in development. Our testing environment is on Amazon S3. Most of the files and some of the services connect, using the Amazon service. Our application foundation is on that and we are writing our solutions right now. After that, we will begin to sell it to other customers.

    We've used it maybe for about a year.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    The solution is stable. Up until this point, we haven't had any issues. There are no bugs or glitches. It doesn't crash or freeze. It's reliable. 

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    The product can scale well. It's very easy to do.

    We have around 6,000 people using the solution currently.

    How are customer service and support?

    Technical support is okay. If there are some problems, we can contact them directly.

    Most problems are on our side as there are some configurations and other things we did wrong. We've noted our issues and have fixed them going forward. However, it's on us to fix them, not Amazon.

    How was the initial setup?

    The initial setup can be a bit complex. That said, my company is an IT company and therefore it's not hard for us. If there are other people that maybe aren't in IT, if they use the Amazon service, it could be complex to them.

    In terms of maintenance, sometimes if there is some problem, right now we have only three engineers. It's a little bit hard to maintain it with just that small amount. That's why we're hiring some professional companies for that.

    What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

    We pay for the solution on a monthly basis. We use a basic license and any additional fees based on usage. 

    It's complete licensing. It's not simple at all. 

    Which other solutions did I evaluate?

    We did look at an option from Google, however, there were some restrictions and we decided against using them.

    What other advice do I have?

    I'd advise new users to read the documentation before deciding on using the solution.

    I'd rate the solution at a nine out of ten. We're pretty happy with its capabilities.

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    Vipin Garg
    Co-Founder at Multitechservers
    Real User
    Top 5Leaderboard
    Is stable, scalable, and has multiple types of data detection
    Pros and Cons
    • "Amazon S3 has multiple types of data detection. You can store data on a monthly basis, yearly basis, and long term basis."
    • "The only pain point is migrating the life cycle policy because if someone is a newbie, they cannot easily create the life cycle policy."

    What is our primary use case?

    We use it for static website hosting, storing data, and second data of some of the websites. We can then easily sync the data whenever we have the need to do so.

    Some of our websites are 2 or 4 pages and have static content. We can simply host it by creating a bucket, putting the content of the website there, and making it available to the public with the Make Public feature.

    What is most valuable?

    Amazon S3 has multiple types of data detection. You can store data on a monthly basis, yearly basis, and long term basis. You can choose the Glacier feature, create a life cycle policy, and store it. This is one of the best features this solution has.

    It is stable and scalable, and the installation is very straightforward as well.

    What needs improvement?

    The only pain point is migrating the life cycle policy because if someone is a newbie, they cannot easily create the life cycle policy. This is because there are multiple, additional ways. If I want to store data for one month, they have the option to Glacier over it. With Glacier, you have addition policies for one year or four years. The option will not be there. So you would need to use a UI process over it.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I've been using it for almost the last four years.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    I think the stability of Amazon S3 is good.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    It is scalable. We currently have 40 plus users.

    How are customer service and technical support?

    Amazon Protect Support has been been quite responsive.

    How was the initial setup?

    The initial setup was completely straightforward.

    What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

    The licensing is pay as you go, and I'm happy with the pricing.

    Which other solutions did I evaluate?

    We didn't evaluate other options because there's no such available feature in the market at present that can compare all the things in a bucket, like S3.

    What other advice do I have?

    If you are a small scale enterprise that wants to host websites or data, you should go for it and use Amazon S3. 

    I would rate Amazon S3 at nine on a scale from one to ten.

    Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

    Public Cloud
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    Shaban AL-Ahmad
    CEO at ITSAGILITY DMCC
    Real User
    Top 5
    Excellent sharing capabilities, particularly content sharing by multiple users
    Pros and Cons
    • "Enables content sharing by multiple users."
    • "They could always increase object storage ability."

    What is our primary use case?

    I work as an integrator of Amazon S3

    What is most valuable?

    Normal file system storage is very limited when you want to store additional objects. The concept of S3 is to give you the option to have sharing from multiple users. They can share content among various users in a file system. It has the capacity to scale and to accommodate more files than a normal file system. This solution can really scale according to demand and you pay according to your consumption.

    What needs improvement?

    Whatever enhancement they could include in terms of object storage and limitations, would be an improvement. There is a five terabyte limitation size, and in today's world with the data size doubling all the time, anything extra would be helpful. We really need a very, very huge file system, a big data system to accommodate all this content. 

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    It is a scalable solution, the product has content encryption and nobody can access it. Amazon has very good security when it comes to securing the S3 buckets. You can keep the content secure and the user can have the encryption key and even Amazon doesn't have access to it. It's very secure. 

    How was the initial setup?

    The initial setup is straightforward. If you want to use it as a target for backup, you redirect the backup software to store data to it by using an API to talk to the S3 buckets. Depending on the application you want to deploy, integration is also easy. Amazon provides good documentation and if you have an IT background and go through the documentation, you can integrate.

    What other advice do I have?

    Other companies are trying to reach them but they've been ahead of the game for a long time. As an object storage product and in comparison to what's available on the market, I rate this solution a 10 out of 10. 

    Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

    Public Cloud
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    Senior Software Engineer at a tech services company with 5,001-10,000 employees
    Real User
    Top 5Leaderboard
    Nicely integrated with AWS and is available on the AWS console
    Pros and Cons
    • "Some of the most valuable features are how convenient and easy to use S3 is. It's nicely integrated with AWS and is available on the AWS console."
    • "It could maybe use more integration."

    What is our primary use case?

    Our primary use case of S3 is as an online storage solution. For example, in one of our projects, we were working on a document management system, so there were some documents that we processed and then stored on S3. We also used S3 to store some logos and images. 

    This is a service on AWS, so it's cloud-based. 

    What is most valuable?

    Some of the most valuable features are how convenient and easy to use S3 is. It's nicely integrated with AWS and is available on the AWS console. 

    What needs improvement?

    It could maybe use more integration. 

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I have been using S3 for about three years. 

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    Since this service is on AWS, you can scale it for storage and performance. 

    There are a few thousand users, in my organization, using the AWS platform. 

    How are customer service and support?

    I don't remember us having a case where we needed support on S3. 

    How was the initial setup?

    Since it's cloud-based, you don't really install it. You may need some certificates to access it, which need to be installed locally. 

    What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

    I know there are certainly monthly and yearly licensing plans, but I'm not sure which is more preferable. The yearly ones could probably be more affordable, but that's just a general suggestion. 

    What other advice do I have?

    I rate S3 a nine out of ten. I don't want to give it a perfect ten, but it's very close. For the purposes of online storage, it's pretty good. I would definitely recommend Amazon S3 to others because it's easy to use, quite powerful, and does its job very nicely. 

    Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

    Public Cloud

    If public cloud, private cloud, or hybrid cloud, which cloud provider do you use?

    Amazon Web Services (AWS)
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    Thierry Davin
    Senior consultant at a computer software company with 51-200 employees
    Consultant
    Top 10
    Scalable with unlimited storage and good performance

    What is our primary use case?

    The primary use case of this solution is for storage.

    What is most valuable?

    The most valuable features are unlimited storage, scalability, and performance.

    What needs improvement?

    The security model can be improved as it is a bit confusing. The access speed could be faster.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I have been familiar with Amazon S3 for six years now. I am always using the latest version because it is self-service, and you cannot choose the version you are using.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    It's a stable solution.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    It's a scalable solution. I provide consulting services for this product and every customer we have is using it. Our clients are…

    What is our primary use case?

    The primary use case of this solution is for storage.

    What is most valuable?

    The most valuable features are unlimited storage, scalability, and performance.

    What needs improvement?

    The security model can be improved as it is a bit confusing.

    The access speed could be faster.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I have been familiar with Amazon S3 for six years now.

    I am always using the latest version because it is self-service, and you cannot choose the version you are using.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    It's a stable solution.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    It's a scalable solution.

    I provide consulting services for this product and every customer we have is using it. Our clients are enterprise businesses.

    How are customer service and technical support?

    I have used Amazon support for this product and I find the service to be good. We also try to provide for our clients.

    How was the initial setup?

    The initial setup is easy, it's straightforward, and it only takes a few minutes to deploy.

    What other advice do I have?

    I have experience with many cloud services and with several services through Amazon.

    I would recommend this solution.

    I would rate this solution a nine out of ten.

    Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

    Private Cloud

    If public cloud, private cloud, or hybrid cloud, which cloud provider do you use?

    Amazon Web Services (AWS)
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