5 key benefits of Amazon S3

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Every organisation dreams to be leaders in their domain. However, when the moment arrives to prove themselves, they must be ready to handle the data processing at a large scale. As companies start producing petabytes of data at varying velocity, volume and variety, it is imperative they have a robust cloud strategy in place.

Amazon S3 is a cornerstone in this strategy.

The Internet of Things has led to the creation of humongous data transfer, both structured and unstructured, and distilling them to form actionable insights is the end goal. To achieve this, companies must first start with gathering, storing, and retrieving data with ease.

Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3), is the most fundamental and global Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) solution provided by Amazon Web Services (AWS).

Using Amazon S3 facilitates highly-scalable, secured and low-latency data storage from the cloud. With its simple web service interface, it is easy to store and retrieve data on Amazon S3 from anywhere on the web. All you need to do is choose a region (which is a separate geographic area, choose the closest one to you), create a S3 bucket and start storing data.

Also, with Amazon S3 we don’t need to predict future data usage. You can store and access as much data (though, individual objects can only be up to 5 terabytes in size) you want and whenever you want to.

Amazon S3 automatically creates multiple replicas of your data so that your precious data is never lost. It is really easy to have different versions of data on Amazon S3, which makes data recovery an easy task. With no minimum fee and setup cost, life cycle policies such as moving your less used data to Amazon Glacier to reducing cost and security policies to stop unauthorised access of the data, Amazon S3 helps you make the most of data without much headache.

Amazon S3 is a pioneer in cloud data storage and has uncountable benefits, but let’s have a look at the 5 most prominent ones :

Reliable Security:

When created, Amazon S3 buckets are usable only by the identity that created them (IAM policy grants are the exception). You can set access permissions for each file, each bucket, or via IAM(Identity access management), which provides a complete control over how, where and by whom the data can be frequently accessed. With these set of rules and permissions, you can make sure that there is no unauthorized access to your data.

All-time Availability:

Amazon S3 gives every user, its service access to the same highly scalable, reliable, fast, inexpensive data storage infrastructure that Amazon uses to run its own global network of websites. S3 Standard is designed for 99.99% availability and Standard – IA is designed for 99.9% availability. Both are backed by the Amazon S3 Service Level Agreement, which is strictly followed by Amazon.

Very Low cost:

With Amazon S3, you only pay for the data you use, which in itself is a very low price equivalent to $0.022 / GB and ~$0.0125 / GB for infrequent access. You can also define policies to migrate the data automatically to the infrequent access which further reduces the cost as Amazon Glacier is even cheaper( ~$0.004 / GB).

Ease of Migration:

With Amazon S3 you get multiple options (rsync, S3 command line interface and Glacier command line interface) for Cloud Data Migration which are cost effective and it is very simple to transfer a large amount of data to Amazon S3 or out of Amazon S3. Amazon S3 Storage also provides you with the option to import or export data to any physical device or on any network.

The Simplicity of Management:

Amazon S3 has a very user friendly web interface which takes out the usual hard work of maintaining security, optimising storage classes and managing the data transfer in the most suitable way. You can define its own lifecycle policy, define replication rules and configure the Amazon S3 inventory. It also allows you to configure request metrics and storage classes analysis with many filters to have a better look at your storage.

Choosing Amazon S3 as a cloud storage can be the first step to get into the world of possibilities of AWS cloud services and BlazeClan can help you conquer the world with your product or service. Having years of experience in the field of cloud services, we provide a thorough analysis of the currently implemented processes and stages in your current IT structure. With its 230+ AWS accreditations and 100+ AWS certifications, BlazeClan is a proven and trusted cloud consulting company.

Contact us today and schedule an appointment to discuss how we can help in leveraging the benefits of Digital Transformation to your business.