Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3)
Definition - What does Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) mean?
Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) is a global Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) solution provided by Amazon Web Services (AWS). Amazon S3 facilitates highly-scalable, secured and low-latency data storage from the cloud.
The Amazon S3 interface may be used for data storage or retrieval from any location and at any time. Amazon S3's flexible back-end infrastructure eliminates in-house storage requirements and provides unlimited or add-as-you-grow storage that is billed per usage.
Techopedia explains Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3)
Amazon S3 features and benefits include:
- Allows unlimited data and object storage of most data types in a variety of formats. A stored data set, which is an object, ranges from 1 B to 5 TB.
- Provides Reduced Redundancy Storage (RRS), which reduces latency by storing data in regionally segregated buckets. This saves resources and facilitates application efficiency for users in geographically dispersed locations.
- Strong authentication ensures the security of regionally stored data.
- Provides Representational State Transfer (REST) and Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP) Web service interfaces that are built to operate with any type of Web development toolkit.