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30 April, 2013 โ€” Development, Hosting, Reviews, Tech โ€”

Amazon S3 Review 2013

Below is my Amazon S3 Review for 2013.

What is Amazon S3

S3 stands for Simple Storage Service and is exactly that. S3 is storage that is located in Amazons large data centres across the world, designed to make web-scale computing easier for developers. Amazon S3 provides a simple web services interface that can be used to store and retrieve any amount of data, at any time, from anywhere on the web.

I was sceptical when I first started looking into S3 as I didn’t believe it was as cheap as people said it was. After using it for the past 4 months I know now why people love it! The clue really is in the name “Simple”. The user interface is easy to use and is clean, the pricing again is simple and easy to understand. Keep on reading below, where I will go into more detail about why I love S3.

Amazon S3 Dashboard

Amazon S3 Dashboard

S3 Pricing

S3 operates on a basis of paying only for what you use, with separate fees for storage and data requests. The fees break down as follows:

Storage

5GB FREE (for the first year), then $0.095/GB per month (100GB = $9.50)

Data Transfer (Upload)

$0.00/GB Yes FREE for the first 1TB of data

Data Transfer (Download)

$0.00/GB Yes FREE for the first 1TB of data

PUT, COPY, POST, or LIST Requests

$0.005/1000 Requests

Find out more about the prices here.

No-one can really argue with these prices, and yet Amazon keeps dropping there prices! Only a few years ago S3 storage was priced at $0.15/GB and people thought that was cheap, now with it at an all time low of $0.095/GB people are wondering just how cheaper it can go.

Glacier

I know this is an S3 review but I wanted to bring your attention to a similar service as part of Amazons Web Services and almost a brother to S3 – Glacier.

Glacier is one of Amazons other 25 web service products that is designed to be used for large amounts of data you want to archive away and not touch very often. This is known as Cold Storage. This is because the data is stored deep inside Amazon’s servers where you know its safe but unlike S3 you have less of a need to keep dipping into your data. If you suddenly have the need to access your data you can, however it takes anywhere between 3 to 5 hours to retrieve your data from the Glacier servers. Almost think of Glacier like storing something in a freezer for years until that one day when you need it and you have to wait for it to defrost before using it.

Amazons Glacier’s pricing is as little as $0.01 per GB / month!

Conclusion

Its very hard to find something wrong to write about Amazon S3 because its just so easy and simple to use. You know how much your bill will be at the end of each month and you know the bill will be lower than you think it will be (I know I did). I even managed to not pay a penny for 3 of the 4 months I have been using S3.

Give Amazon S3 a go, I think you will be surprised.
If you already use S3 or any other often Amazon’s web services I’d love to hear your experience.