About Amazon S3

Amazon S3 is a cloud storage platform that allows businesses to conduct data storage, backup, archiving and retrieval operations on Amazon Web Services (AWS). Developers and IT teams can utilize the service to create data buckets and attach metadata and object tags for storage and replication purposes. Administrators can utilize multipart upload functionality to pause and resume object upload and copy a single object in parts during network issues. It provides a variety of features including versioning, access control management, data transfer, multi-factor authentication, data replication and high-volume data analysis.
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Amazon S3 pricing

Amazon S3 does not have a free version but does offer a free trial.

Starting Price:
Not provided by vendor
Free Version:
No
Free trial:
Yes

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Amazon S3 Reviews for UK Users

Feature rating

Value for Money
4.5
Functionality
4.6
Ease of Use
4.3
Customer Support
4.4
5 reviews of 1,088 View all reviews
ZAiN
ZAiN
  • Industry: Design
  • Company size: Self Employed
  • Used Monthly for 2+ years
  • Review Source
Value for Money
3
Features
4
Ease of Use
3
Customer Support
5

5
Reviewed on 05/05/2022

Industry Standard Storage

Once it's set up, it's all smooth sailing.
Worry free solution.

Pros

Plugins available on various platforms for easy integration.

Cons

Bit pricey, however you pay for quality.

Alternatives Considered

OneDrive

Reasons for Switching to Amazon S3

Amazon is the industry standard and there were many plugins available.
Ridhi
  • Industry: Information Technology & Services
  • Company size: 11–50 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
  • Review Source
Value for Money
5
Features
5
Ease of Use
4
Customer Support
4

5
Reviewed on 26/05/2019

A Simple Cloud Object Storage

Amazon S3 helps to setup the industry level infrastructure with no big investment and do not require the long term commitment as we can buy the storage space on hourly wages. The different storage classes help us to remain within the budget.

Pros

Amazon S3 is a simple cloud based object storage. The different storage classes are designed to manage the data as per the requirements of the objects. The Intelligent S3 Tiering upgrade or downgrade the storage class based on the access patterns of the object to enhance the availability and durability. The S3 cross region replication helps in replication of the S3 objects in other regions. The multi-factor authentication delete on S3 bucket is really a life saver feature to protect from accidental deletion of objects.

Cons

Amazon S3 is not as simple as its name, the objects locks and versioning features are amazing but not easy as the learning curves sharp. The Storage monitoring provides limited number of notifications under the free tier.

Alternatives Considered

pCloud Business and Google Cloud Storage

Reasons for Switching to Amazon S3

Amazon S3 is the industry leading solution by Amazon Web Services. It has solutions for all startup’s and large enterprise. The cost effectiveness is one of the reasons that I have selected the Amazon S3 over other.
Gary
  • Industry: Information Technology & Services
  • Company size: Self Employed
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
  • Review Source
Value for Money
3
Features
3
Ease of Use
3
Customer Support
3

3
Reviewed on 14/04/2019

Amazon S3

Overall, S3 is a great provider for storage solutions. You just need to watch the bills and see how you can keep them in check.

Pros

It is true that AWS is a juggernaut in the industry. This is the reason I used them as my primary offsite backup repository. Many popular applications like Backup Exec integrate very nicely with S3. There is tons of documentation out there for most applications on how to use S3 with their products. The free trials for the first year are nice too.

Cons

I kept noticing that my data pool was getting larger and larger due to the types of devices I was backing up. Amazon "micro" charges for everything and my bill started to grow exponentially. You are charged for data coming in, out, at rest, long term storage, not stored long enough, lists, etc. This started to become unwieldy. Their charges are not high but in my case they just grew too much so I had to switch solutions.

Gordon
  • Industry: Health, Wellness & Fitness
  • Company size: 201–500 Employees
  • Used Weekly for 1+ year
  • Review Source
Value for Money
4
Features
4
Ease of Use
5
Customer Support
0

4
Reviewed on 21/03/2024

Amazon S3 - great product

Pros

Amazon S3 is a really flexible product that easy to use, its really easy to share the files with others but mostly great for uploading data from S3 into Redshift

Cons

The thing i dislike the most is the changes sometimes introduced means changing several processes.

Jeffrey
  • Industry: Insurance
  • Company size: 1,001–5,000 Employees
  • Used Daily for 2+ years
  • Review Source
Value for Money
5
Features
5
Ease of Use
4
Customer Support
4

4
Reviewed on 12/08/2020

S3 is a cost effective object storage solution for enterprises.

AWS S3 has helped us get binaries and artifacts to our AWS EC2 instances. It is also cost effective storage compared to our on-premises Nutanix hardware footprint.

Pros

It is available as a service as part of AWS. It works well with AWS IAM and allows role based access controls to be defined. It also works well with other AWS services such as EC2.

Cons

The encryption settings working with AWS KMS can be complicated. This can lead to objects being available through the web interface but not through the CLI.

Alternatives Considered

AOS Distributed Storage

Reasons for Switching to Amazon S3

S3 does not require purchasing compute to increase storage space available. It also works well with our usage of other AWS services as described above.

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