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Find out what your peers are saying about Amazon S3 vs. Microsoft Azure File Storage and other solutions. Updated: November 2021.
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Pros
"Amazon S3 has multiple types of data detection. You can store data on a monthly basis, yearly basis, and long term basis.""The initial setup is not difficult or overly complex. It's very straightforward and easy to implement.""Feature-wise, Amazon S3 is the cheapest and it's reliable.""The most valuable features are unlimited storage, scalability, and performance.""This solution is good at storing historical data and we were using it for other purposes.""It is easy to manage and easy to understand.""Enables content sharing by multiple users.""The most valuable feature is the storage."

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"The initial setup is fairly easy.""The interface is very good.""General user familiarity with Office 365 products make adopting this solution easy to adopt in production.""It was quick to synchronize back from Azure to the on-premise server.""The solution can scale to fit any requirement.""Integration with the entire Azure platform."

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Cons
"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.""Technical support could have a faster response time.""The security model can be improved as it is a bit confusing.""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.""They could always increase object storage ability.""The console could be improved - it's not very user friendly for non-technical guys.""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.""The only pain point is migrating the life cycle policy because if someone is a newbie, they cannot easily create the life cycle policy."

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"The solution should support all the legacy storage systems.""The initial setup is complex. Unless you have done it a few times it, it is going to be hard.""The pricing could be improved. They need to make the costs more transparent so users know what they will be charged and why ahead of time.""The storage account key could be a security issue.""Lacks integration with other platforms.""Microsoft Azure File Storage is not that scalable. Once you reach the boundaries, you need to migrate to another solution."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"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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"For one terabyte of data, we are spending about 150 Euro every month."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: Amazon S3 has multiple types of data detection. You can store data on a monthly basis, yearly basis, and long term basis.
Top Answer: The licensing is pay as you go, and I'm happy with the pricing.
Top Answer: 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… more »
Top Answer: Amazon EFS is easy to set up: you can use the AWS management console, API, or command-line. Amazon EFS can grow to petabytes and deliver consistent low latencies and high levels of throughput. This… more »
Top Answer: We have performance issues with Microsoft Azure File Storage. We have a standard version and we have also a premium version. I would like to upgrade to premium but that is not possible on the fly. So… more »
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Also Known As
S3, Simple Storage Service
MS Azure File Storage
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Overview

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.

Fully managed file shares that use the standard SMB 3.0 protocol

Key scenarios:

  • Share data across on-premises and cloud servers
  • Migrate file share-based applications to the cloud with no code changes
  • Integrate modern applications with File storage
  • Simplify hosting for high availability workload data
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Sample Customers
Netflix, Airbnb, Thomson Reuters, Zillow, Alert Logic
Talon, Camden
Top Industries
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company33%
Comms Service Provider19%
Media Company8%
Manufacturing Company5%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company36%
Comms Service Provider18%
Manufacturing Company6%
Financial Services Firm5%
Company Size
REVIEWERS
Small Business53%
Midsize Enterprise12%
Large Enterprise35%
REVIEWERS
Small Business50%
Midsize Enterprise13%
Large Enterprise38%
Find out what your peers are saying about Amazon S3 vs. Microsoft Azure File Storage and other solutions. Updated: November 2021.
554,529 professionals have used our research since 2012.

Amazon S3 is ranked 5th in Public Cloud Storage Services with 8 reviews while Microsoft Azure File Storage is ranked 2nd in Public Cloud Storage Services with 6 reviews. Amazon S3 is rated 8.8, while Microsoft Azure File Storage is rated 7.6. The top reviewer of Amazon S3 writes "Secure, scalable, and easy to manage and understand". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Microsoft Azure File Storage writes "A cloud file storage solution that plays well with familiar products but is difficult to configure and build-out". Amazon S3 is most compared with Oracle Cloud Object Storage, Amazon S3 Glacier, Google Cloud Storage, Zadara and NetApp Cloud Volumes ONTAP, whereas Microsoft Azure File Storage is most compared with Amazon EFS (Elastic File System), Azure NetApp Files, Amazon S3 Glacier, Oracle Database Backup Service and Google Cloud Storage. See our Amazon S3 vs. Microsoft Azure File Storage report.

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