Amazon S3 or Amazon Simple Storage Service is a high-speed, scalable cloud storage service that is web-based. It was created as an online backup service that helps to archive both data as well as applications. Users can easily upload and share any type and size of file types unlimitedly. For additional security, the size and file type restrictions can be set at the client-side and server-side.
Features of S3
Amazon S3 offers the highest durability for the data and things stored in it. It also provides support to compliance certifications and multiple security. S3 can also be linked to other AWS monitoring and security services with the help of an administrator.
Users can transfer data to Amazon S3 using the public internet networks through getting access to S3 APIs. To make the transfer faster for long distances, Amazon S3 Transfer Acceleration can be made use of. AWS Direct Connect helps for a consistent, private connection between the data center of the enterprise and the S3. AWS Snowball is Amazon’s physical transfer device that administrators use to dispatch large quantities of data from the data center of an enterprise directly to the AWS. It will be then uploaded to Amazon S3.
All the services of AWS can be integrated with S3. Analysts can make use of Amazon Athena to query data on S3 directly for ad hoc queries. For more complex analysis, Amazon Redshift Spectrum can be used.
Uses of Amazon S3
S3 is ideal for all businesses, ranging from small to big. The availability, scalability, performance, and security of S3 are perfect for storing different kinds of data efficiently. S3 is mostly used for data archiving and storing, as an application hosting for the management, installation, and deployment of different web apps, data backup, software delivery, to run big data analytics tools on the data that is stored on the platform, disaster recovery, data lakes, IoT devices, mobile applications, website hosting and media hosting.
How does S3 work?
Amazon S3 is completely different from other cloud computing storage like file and block storage. Every object stored in S3 is stored in the form of a file along with its metadata. There will be an iD number for the object. These ID numbers will be used by the applications to access the objects. In block and file storage, developers use the REST API to access an object.
While using theS3 object storage cloud service, the user gets access to Amazon’s same systems. Users can upload, store, and download any object or files of size up to 5 terabytes (TB).
S3 makes use of redundant servers to store your data in multiple data centers. Amazon S3 console is the web-based interface S3 uses for user authentication and encryption. By default, S3 buckets are private without access to the public. Users are also allowed to encrypt their data before storing it. There will be specific rights for the individual users. To access or download a file in S3, approved AWS credentials are necessary.