Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) is object storage with a simple web service interface to store and retrieve any amount of data from anywhere on the web..
It is designed to deliver 99.999999999% durability, and scale past trillions of objects worldwide. Customers use S3 as primary storage for cloud-native applications; as a bulk repository, or "data lake," for analytics; as a target for backup & recovery and disaster recovery; and with serverless computing. It's simple to move large volumes of data into or out of S3 with Amazon's cloud data migration options. Once data is stored in Amazon S3, it can be automatically tiered into lower cost, longer-term cloud storage classes like S3 Standard - Infrequent Access and Amazon Glacier for archiving.
Amazon S3 Features
SIMPLE - Amazon S3 is simple to use with a web-based management console and mobile app. S3 also provides full REST APIs and SDKs for easy integration with third-party technologies.
DURABLE - Amazon S3 provides durable infrastructure to store important data and is designed for durability of 99.999999999% of objects. Your data is redundantly stored across multiple facilities and multiple devices in each facility.
SCALABLE - With Amazon S3, you can store as much data as you want and access it when needed. You can stop guessing your future storage needs and scale up and down as required, dramatically increasing business agility.
SECURE - Amazon S3 supports data transfer over SSL and automatic encryption of your data once it is uploaded. You can also configure bucket policies to manage object permissions and control access to your data using AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM).
AVAILABLE - Amazon S3 Standard is designed for up to 99.99% availability of objects over a given year and is backed by the Amazon S3 Service Level Agreement, ensuring that you can rely on it when needed. You can also choose an AWS region to optimise for latency, minimise costs, or address regulatory requirements.
LOW COST - Amazon S3 allows you to store large amounts of data at a very low cost. Using lifecycle policies, you can set policies to automatically migrate your data to Standard - Infrequent Access and Amazon Glacier as it ages to further reduce costs.
SIMPLE DATA TRANSFER - Amazon provides multiple options for cloud data migration, and makes it simple and cost-effective for you to move large volumes of data into or out of Amazon S3. Customers can choose from network-optimised, physical disk-based, or third-party connector methods for import to or export from of S3.
INTEGRATED - Amazon S3 is deeply integrated with other AWS services to make it easier to build solutions that use a range of AWS services. Integrations include Amazon CloudFront, Amazon CloudWatch, Amazon Kinesis, Amazon RDS, Amazon Glacier, Amazon EBS, Amazon DynamoDB, Amazon Redshift, Amazon Route 53, Amazon EMR, Amazon VPC, Amazon KMS, and AWS Lambda.
EASY TO MANAGE - S3 Storage Management features allow you to take a data-driven approach to storage optimisation, data security, and management efficiency. These enterprise-class capabilities give you data about your data, so you can manage your storage based on that personalised metadata.
How can I use Amazon S3 ?
Backup & Archiving - Amazon S3 offers a highly durable, scalable, and secure solution for backing up and archiving your critical data. You can use Amazon S3’s versioning capability to provide even further protection for your stored data. You can also define lifecycle rules to automatically migrate less frequently accessed data to Standard - IA and archive sets of objects to Amazon Glacier.
Content Storage & Distribution - Amazon S3 provides highly durable and available storage for a variety of content. It allows you to offload your entire storage infrastructure into the cloud, where you can take advantage of Amazon S3’s scalability and pay-as-you-go pricing to handle your growing storage needs. You can distribute your content directly from Amazon S3 or use Amazon S3 as an origin store for delivering content to your Amazon CloudFront edge locations.
Big Data Analytics - Whether you’re storing pharmaceutical or financial data, or multimedia files such as photos and videos, Amazon S3 can be used as your big data object store. Amazon Web Services offers a comprehensive portfolio of services to help you manage big data by reducing costs, scaling to meet demand, and increasing the speed of innovation.
Static Website Hosting - You can host your entire static website on Amazon S3 for a low-cost, highly available hosting solution that can scale automatically to meet traffic demands. With Amazon S3, you can reliably serve your traffic and handle unexpected peaks without worrying about scaling your infrastructure.
Cloud-native Application Data - Amazon S3 provides high performance, highly available storage that makes it easy to scale and maintain cost-effective mobile and Internet-based apps that run fast. With Amazon S3, you can add any amount of content and access it from anywhere, so you can deploy applications faster and reach more customers.
Disaster Recovery - Amazon S3’s highly durable, secure, global infrastructure offers a robust disaster recovery solution designed to provide superior data protection. Cross-Region Replication (CRR) automatically replicates every S3 object to a destination bucket located in a different AWS region.