Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3)

Last Updated: August 5, 2019

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.

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