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Real User
OS, Network and Storage Firmware Specialist at a tech vendor with 10,001+ employees
Feb 01 2018

What is most valuable?

S3 provides various other ways than what a traditional web app provides. The down side is the web app should be aware of all the features that S3 provides in order to leverage its full potential.

How has it helped my organization?

In order to test application and measure its performance, it is not possible to buy the real hardware at the infant stage of product development. Hence, I used Amazon AWS/S3 solution to prove my concept before deploying it on real hardware. It was a great experience and was really scalable.

What needs improvement?

It is a great product now. Maybe they need to expand their range of physical locations.
Consultant
Independent Analyst and Advisory Consultant at Server StorageIO - www.storageio.com
Jan 28 2018

What do you think of Amazon S3?

What is our primary use case?

PART I For those not familiar, Simple Storage Services (S3), Glacier and Elastic Block Storage (EBS) are part of the AWS cloud storage portfolio of services. There are several other storage and data related service for little data database (SQL and NoSql based) other offerings include compute, data management, application and networking for different needs shown in the following image. AWS%202.jpg" width="448" height="252" style="cursor: pointer; max-width: 100%; height: auto; vertical-align: middle;">  AWS Services Console via www.amazon.com Simple Storage Service (S3) is commonly used in the context of cloud storage and object storage accessed via its S3 API. S3 can be used externally from outside AWS as well as within or via other AWS services. There…
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Vendor
BI Architect & Developer (contract) at a retailer with 501-1,000 employees
Jan 31 2017

What is most valuable?

Speed, size, and security are the most valuable features. This was the company’s first foray into storing data offsite. The old way of thinking was that this was too dangerous to contemplate and you… more »

How has it helped my organization?

This solution, indirectly, allowed us to recover internal and expensive document storage and replace it with cheaper offline storage. Capacity-wise, we’re looking at 200GB of transactional data in… more »

What needs improvement?

The web interface was frustrating when dealing with large numbers of files. We ended up using an interface client (via FTP, I think) which also had its own issues. How do you make it easy to manage… more »

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

Even though it appears cheap, be careful on how you use it. Optimizing early will save money spent on storage and resources long term, so make it part of the design process. The beauty is you can… more »

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

There were business intelligence solutions via the web. We had similar home-grown reporting applications running on in-house hardware for over 10 years prior, but this was directly impacting our ERP… more »

What other advice do I have?

Follow the guidance. The documentation is excellent. Take the time to get it right.

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.

Also known as
S3, Simple Storage Service
Amazon S3 customers

Netflix, Airbnb, Thomson Reuters, Zillow, Alert Logic

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