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I personally use both Amazon S3 to host files that I later embed on my website and to host the offsite backups. I use a lot of AWS services and have been using them for the past year. Mostly using VPC, EC2, S3, Cloudwatch etc.

For hosting a website you basically have to set up VPC and EC2 on a network. Pretty easy to do and very well documented. Setting up Cloudwatch is a good thing to do if you intend to get international visitors. It is slightly harder to do than setting up practically a VPS using VPC and EC2, but even a newbie can do it. S3 is easy to set up as well. So ease of use is a Go Go.

After setting up EC2, VPC and S3 I needed some help on setting up WordPress. Hard to get from Amazon. You need to pay extra.

However, you are able to get a lot of help on different forums on the internet (even one of Amazon). That's the good thing about well known hosts. The marketplace is great and I set up WordPress using the Bitnami set up and the marketplace worked basically as Softaculous on cPanel, so it was a good thing. The features are great because of all the different products offered.

As for the uptime, I never had any downtime with them. I monitor it using 3 different tools and I haven't had even 5 minutes of downtime this year.

As for the value, it could do better. The free tier, being free is great, as for paying subscribers, it is great for enterprises that shut down their servers (intranet etc.) regularly. That's because it is pay for what you use (both in time and in size). If you need to host files/websites 24/7 with an allocated space that you plan to use whole, you are better of going somewhere else.

S3 is great overall due to it being well documented and being supported by most backup plugins and scripts. The pay for what you use is also great if you don't need loads of space, so that's OK.

All in all, I recommend AWS to those in need of small space consumption on S3 or EC2, those building an intranet that will not be online all the time using EC2, those that need a CDN and don't want to use CloudFlare, but a more dedicated option, those that need to use a VPN only once in a while. All others, you are better off with a VPS elsewhere.

 
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I really like Amazon S3 because it's fast, really cheap ant has very easy API to work for my projects in every programming language

 
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Amazon is one of the best services I've tried, only that their costs are high but definitely for the good service would you choose and would be my favorite. All technical support is great!

 
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I used Amazon S3 for years now and my site has been better and better.It has so many features!I give all my thanks to them.

 
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Amazon S3 is a great hosting service. They are always up, have great speeds, and amazing support. I would recommend it to anyone who needs file hosting of big files.

 
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I recently shifted to amazon web services, and after switching to amazon web services my website really loads faster like never before, Thanks Amazon Web Services for great service. You guys must try aws. Good luck

 
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This is great product for storing large or all static assets of website, Amazon s3 is quite cheaper, they are offering Pay As you go option which is very good.

We can move our website where ever we want but we can keep all our assets on s3, so that it very callable, very comfortable option from AWS.

I will vote up for Amazon S3

 
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I always use to Amazon S3 for static web site hosting due to following reasons
1) It is provide highly available web hosting storage because of its auto scalable feature
2) It is very cheap (i.e.pay for what you use)
3) Amazon S3 support cdn (cloudfornt) feature so it is reduce latency and we are able to load our data in faster way
4)Amazon S3 has also some very good privacy features like server side encryption,bucket privacy policy using that we secure our data in more effectively manner.

 
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The start up process is very clear and easy to understand. I found it to be very fast, with only minimal downtime. I felt great using such a trusted and reliable name for my hosting needs, I would use them again.

 
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Great Uptime!!! my website never gone down. But to install wordpress it is tooo hard. I used toooo many web hosts but it is better then all. Support is a little slow. I hate their bandwidth pricing. Because when i started getting too much traffic it started taking my more money. Overview Amazon S3 is Great!!!

 
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It is a good company, but needs web hosting-specific packages to be a good web host. It is good for enterprise/personal cloud computing, though.

 
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Amazon S3

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Amazon S3

Amazon S3 is not a typical Web hosting provider. It provides scalable storage—perfect for app developers who need an affordable platform for app data storage, or for businesses who need cloud space for backups or sharable data. In fact, the “S3” represents “simple storage solution.” It does allow you to host a static website using your own domain name, but has no support for server-side scripts like PHP or ASP.NET.

Support

You can access four levels of assistance from Amazon S3. Basic support is included with all accounts. It features 24/7/365 customer service, access to support forums, access to tech support for health checks, product FAQs (frequently asked questions), and a self-help resource center.

Developer, Business, and Enterprise are the three other classes of support service available. Each tier includes more experienced personnel, up to unlimited* contacts with tech support, as little as 15 minute response time, and architecture support. The top tier, Enterprise, includes extensive support features such as third-party application support. As you may expect, Enterprise comes with a very high price tag compared to the other plans.

*When hosts describe anything as “unlimited,” it is typically boundless except in cases of abuse. A user may be charged a penalty or be required to subscribe to a more robust package if they are overburdening the servers.

Features

Because Amazon S3 is not typical Web hosting, the features are difficult to measure against traditional Web hosts. They do not have standard pricing packages or tiers of service at all. Instead, Amazon S3 requires users to create “buckets” where data is stored. Users are charged per GB and per request for transferring data in/out of the bucket, as well as for storing data in a bucket.

  • Write, read, or delete objects of up to 5 TB in size
  • Choice of bucket location, optimized for latency
  • Per GB fees differ depending on location of bucket
  • Authentication to keep data secure
  • Options for secure data transfer and data encryption
  • HTTP default download protocol; BitTorrent™ protocol interface provided
  • Use data with other Amazon Web Services (AWS)
  • Web-based AWS management console; lets you perform functions without programming
  • Pay-per-use
  • Use more, pay less bulk storage pricing
  • PUT, COPY, POST, and LIST requests priced per thousand
  • Glacier archive and restore requests priced per thousand
  • Free delete requests
  • GET and all other requests priced per 10,000 requests
  • Free Glacier data restores
  • Data transfer rates differ by location
  • Free inbound data transfer
  • Free outbound to Amazon EC2 in Northern Virginia region
  • First 1 GB outbound transfer per month is free
  • AWS calculator; keep track of your usage costs
  • Scalable
  • Reliable
  • AWS Direct Connect; establish a dedicated network between your premises and AWS, lowers bandwidth costs, per use fees apply
  • 99.99% availability and 99.999999999% durability

AWS Free Usage Tier

A free plan for new users or those with modest storage needs.

  • 5 GB of Amazon S3 storage
  • 20,000 GET requests
  • 2,000 PUT requests
  • 15 GB data transfer outbound, per month, for one year

Redundancy Storage Solution (RSS)

A budget storage solution within Amazon S3 for non-critical data.

  • Lower cost
  • Less durable; 99.99% durability over one year
  • Lower redundancy; withstands loss of data in a single facility
  • Highly available
  • Use header REDUCED_REDUNDANCY in a PUT request to choose this storage option

Common Uses

Because its hosting is limited to static websites, it’s useful to know the applications for which Amazon S3 is best suited.

  • Hosting static sites that include: HTML files, images, videos, or client-side scripts
  • Scalable cloud storage of media and Web apps
  • Storing files for distribution
  • Storing original files for manipulation and analysis in EC2; no data transfer fee
  • Scalable, secure space for backups and archiving
  • Self-hosting with automatic scaling for traffic increases

Pros

  • Automatically scalable storage
  • Pay per use; low cost
  • Excellent support options

Cons

  • Hosting is only for static websites
  • Prices vary by location
  • Must estimate and calculate usage as you go

The Verdict

If you are shopping for typical Web hosting, such as for a WordPress blog or an eCommerce website, Amazon S3 is not a service for you. At its core, it is low cost, cloud storage which can be used to manage several types of data for many uses.

If you use Amazon EC2 for Web hosting already, learning how this service can work for you will be worthwhile, as transferring data between the two is free. Paying per use means that you won’t overpay for your needs, but it does make you responsible for tracking costs. Amazon S3 provides a solid solution for app developers, business owners who need to share data with clients, or anyone who needs inexpensive, secure storage for redundant data and backups.

Last updated: 2017-07-30

Amazon S3 Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is Amazon EC2 cloud?

    Amazon EC2 allows developers to set up virtual servers using Amazon's cloud infrastructure. It's easy to scale and manage, and is priced based on the amount of resource required.

  • What is the use of Amazon Web Services?

    Developers use Amazon Web Services because they can set up servers and related services instantly, and scale up and down as required. AWS is designed for very large projects that need huge amounts of processing power or storage.

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