One of the most widely used services from AWS is their Simple Storage Service, or more commonly known as S3. With industry leading scalability, data availability, security and performance, Amazon S3 allows organizations to scale easily, increase reliability, make data transfer more efficient and most importantly, save money with a ‘pay-as-you-go model’.
Data now moves at a tremendous pace through various mediums like data lakes, websites, mobile applications, IoT devices, enterprise applications etc. Amazon S3 provides access to easy-to-use management tools that helps developers organize data as well as configure it to meet specific business compliance requirements more efficiently. S3 also has a 99.99999999999 durability rate (famously known as the 11 9’s), which makes it highly reliable and secure.
Here are the main features of Amazon S3
Storage Management and Monitoring
Amazon S3 has a non-hierarchical structure and various management tools that assist business of all sizes to use their data more efficiently. By using prefixes, objects that are stored in S3 buckets can be shared seamlessly which improves collaboration between teams. With comprehensive reports like the S3 Inventory report, all stored objects can be easily categorized and retrieved through tags and metadata and encryption status. Click here to know more about storage Management and Monitoring features of S3.
Storage Analytics and Insights:
Gain valuable insights about how and when to move data into the appropriate storage class through the S3 Storage Class Analysis. This analysis uses storage access patterns to provide businesses with the insights needed to drastically improve their S3 Lifecycle policies, which reduces the overall costs. The S3 Storage Lens offers visibility across the organization to monitor activity trends, provide actionable recommendations, improve cost efficiency, and assist in the application of best practices for data protection. Click here to know more about Storage Analytics and Insights feature of the S3.
Amazon S3 Storage Classes
Amazon S3 has tailor-made different classes that can be applied to meet your unique business requirements. It also enables users to manage data throughout its lifecycle, where setting up a S3 Lifecycle policy, data transfer can be automated between different classes.
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Access Management and Security:
Amazon S3 has various tools that can grant access to other users like,
Amazon S3 also offers a wide range of security features that can be used to block any unauthorized users from accessing your valuable data. With encryption from both server-side encryption (with three key management options) and client-side encryption for secure data transfers. Click here to know more about Access Management and Security features of the S3.
The S3 Object Lambda lets users add their own code to S3 and obtain S3 GET requests to process and modify data once, it is returned to an application. Your custom code can be used to filter rows, dynamically resize images, redact confidential data, and much more. Powered by AWS Lambda functions, your code runs on infrastructure that is fully managed by AWS, eliminating the need to create and store derivative copies of your data or to run expensive proxies, all with no changes required to applications.
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Query in place:
Amazon S3 has efficient features that queries data without having the need to copy and load it into a separate data warehouse or analytics platform, which allows users to run big data analytics directly on your stored resources. S3 Select is an S3 feature designed to increase query performance by up to 400% and reduce querying costs by as much as 80%. It works by retrieving a subset of an object’s data (using simple SQL expressions) instead of the entire object, which can be up to 5 terabytes in size. Click here to know more about Query in place feature of the S3.
AWS offers a wide range of data transfer services which improves efficiency, availability, and reliability.
Customers also have the option to collaborate with third-party providers from the AWS Partner Network (APN). Click here to know more about Data Transfer feature of Amazon S3.
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Amazon S3 Pricing:
AWS pricing is based on paying for only what you use, without a minimum fee – which makes it a highly cost-efficient offering. There are six Amazon S3 cost components to consider when storing and managing your data:
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With that said, we can safely conclude that Amazon S3 is a complete object storage solution that is cost-effective, offers industry leading performance, scalability, availability, and durability. With its simplified management and access control tools, businesses can organize better, strategize better, and collaborate better than ever. All the features of S3 can be safely utilized to your benefit, with industry leading security and compliance, you can rest assured that your data is kept safe and can be easily accessed from anywhere.
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