What is AWS S3 and How Does It Actually Work?

Oliver von S.    December 01   5 min

Amazon Web Services is one of the most widely used cloud services in the world. AWS is known for its superb reliability and scalable payment plans. Amazon S3, Simple Storage Service, is a top-rated AWS service. Today, we will look into what S3 is and how does it work.

AWS S3 is a cloud-based storage solution where you can store whatever you want. Amazon S3 can be used to store all types of files, such as videos, photos, documents, etc. In Amazon S3, data is not stored in a file system; instead, each file is stored as an object. Thus, customers have the flexibility to store a wide variety of data.


High durability!

It provides an incredibly reliable storage solution, as Amazon itself provides a durability rate of 99.999999999% Therefore, your data is always secure and automatically backed up. The reason for this high level of durability is that Amazon S3 intelligently makes redundant copies of your data and stores it in multiple servers. Thus, even if one server malfunctions, your data would not be lost.

Other than the flexibility and reliability, Amazon S3 also has some other neat features. You can store objects of up to 5 terabytes in size, and there is no limit on the number of objects you store. Moreover, since Amazon has a scalable payment system, you only pay for what you use.

There are several different plans for Amazon S3, starting with the standard class, which is suitable for instant data access. There are also extremely cheap plans for archiving large amounts of data, such as the Amazon S3 Glacier Deep Archive.

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