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Amazon S3 is #6 ranked solution in top Public Cloud Storage Services. IT Central Station users give Amazon S3 an average rating of 8 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 is 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 is also 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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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.

Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Implementer
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Business Analytics at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 5
Cloud storage that is easy to setup and does what you need it to do

Pros and Cons

  • "The most valuable feature is the storage."
  • "In the next release, I think that it would be good to have wizards that would update into specific applications, for example, a one-touch configuration in Pagemaker."

What is our primary use case?

We haven't released the Amazon S3 platform in a production environment. It's more for prototyping and POC so far.

Normally we use it for the data dump. It's something similar to a data lake wherein we use it to obtain the data. 

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the storage.

What needs improvement?

I would like to see translations or description context for the options. 

It is difficult for me as a consultant to explain the science, or the configuration processes, or why I am using this much power or the size to the customer. It takes some effort to describe how you got to that sizing.

We have some problems with connectivity. In my country, most of the issues we have are with stable connections rather than stable platforms.

In the next release, I think that it would be good to have wizards that would update into specific applications, for example, a one-touch configuration in Pagemaker. It would mean that you don't need to activate S3, and then have to do a configuration on the page. You would want a single wizard that would do all of the necessary applications.

For how long have I used the solution?

Normally I work with on-premise solutions, then I started using Amazon S3 just over a year ago.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

This solution is stable and I haven't had any issues with it slowing down.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

There are many options, but there will be a learning curve to appropriately size one for a specific use case.

We have teams divided into application, web design, web technology, and cloud applications.

How are customer service and technical support?

I haven't been in a situation where I have needed to contact technical support.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is straightforward.

Sharing with other things that I have been doing, I was able to deploy this solution in one afternoon.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Azure is another solution that we were thinking of applying.

We have heard of Google Apps, but we haven't tried that solution.

What other advice do I have?

You have to know specifically what it is being used for. 

One of the issues we face is that it is a developer's environment. 

In our country, the Philippines, people are often forced upon with brands such as Microsoft, Zadara, and even Oracle. 

Azure is something that is explored by developers. The onus is with the formal organization to get the people back in. 

I would rate this solution a fair eight out of ten. It does what I need it to do, but it is a developer's tool. It's not something that I have heard many people harp about.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

Public Cloud
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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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HIMANSHUMARU
Manager, IT Infrastructure and Data Center at Asian Paints
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Reliable, easy to scale and deploys beautifully

Pros and Cons

  • "Feature-wise, Amazon S3 is the cheapest and it's reliable."
  • "The console could be improved - it's not very user friendly for non-technical guys."

What is our primary use case?

We have deployed Amazon S3 in two places, in Ireland and Northern Ireland. These act as storage for all the data, which is there. We have up to three servers there, one of these is an SQL server and one is Windows.

What is most valuable?

Feature-wise, Amazon S3 is the cheapest and it's reliable.

What needs improvement?

Overall, I don't think there's anything that needs to be improved.

The console could be improved - it's not very user-friendly for non-technical guys and the cost has to improve. It does not give us a clear picture of the total cost.

On a scale of 1 to 10, I'd rate it an 8.

For how long have I used the solution?

We are using Amazon S3 for three years now.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It's very stable, you just have to look at cloud security more deeply because otherwise everything gets opened on the cloud.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Amazon S3 is easy to scale - scaling just comes with a cost.

Only the core IT Admin team and I are using this solution. The users do not have access to it.

How are customer service and technical support?

Amazon technical support is good.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is pretty straightforward. If you don't know how Amazon works, it takes time to set up. Once it is set up then it is straightforward.

What about the implementation team?

We used integrators to deploy as Amazon recommended that at the time in India. They recommended a partner or consultant.

What other advice do I have?

Amazon deployment works beautifully.

If you know what your inside view will look like, you can cut down on your cost. 

Look at cloud security when you first configure the architecture.

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)
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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
Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Integrator
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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)
Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: partner
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