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<firstimage=”http://www.makeuseof.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/aws.png”>amazon s3 web servicesDespite Amazon being most well known for their retail services, they actually also offer a host of web services for developers and home users that take advantage of Amazon’s experience and scalability with massive amounts of data warehousing. One of those services is called S3, which stands for “Simple Storage Service“.

Here are 3 ways in which you can make use of Amazon S3 web services today.

Introduction & Amazon S3 Costs

S3 operates on a basis of paying only for what you use, with separate fees for storage, data transfer and data requests. Ignoring data request fees because the cost is minimal, the fees break down as follows:

Storage

5GB free, then $0.15/GB per month (100GB = $15)

Data Transfer (Upload)

$0.10/GB

Data Transfer (Download)

$0.15/GB

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As an example then – if you used it to store 100GB of data – it would cost you $10 to upload it all, $15 per month to store it, and a further $15 when you decided to download it all again.

So what can you do with all that cloud storage?

Backup Your Computer Files

The most obvious use is for cloud-backup of your important files. While I don’t suggest you spend the next 6 months uploading your entire 4TB video collection to S3, they do claim to achieve 99.999999999% file durability, which means anything you upload will most certainly not get destroyed. For critical files you couldn’t stand to lose, it is the most cost effective and secure way of ensuring you have a solid backup.

To make the backup process simple, you’ll need some software to automate the process. Arq is the best option, but the price tag of $30 may be off-putting for some. However it does offer some fantastic features like being able to set a monthly backup budget. JungleDisk is a pay-monthly reseller ($3/month) that provides similar software. On the free side, S3BackupSystem is a capable utility for Windows.

Check out this site for 35+ more S3 backup and sync tools.

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If you want to back up large amounts of data (more than 40GB), Mozy may be a more cost effective solution with their unlimited plans. However many users say that the speed is much slower than Amazon.

Backup Your Online Life

With the recent news of the possible demise of the Delicious bookmarking service, many of us realised that social feeds and online personas are something we might want to back up – but how do you back up your data when it’s stored in an online service? The answer is with Backupify and S3. Backupify, which offers a free 2GB/5 account plan, takes the data out of various social networks and online services, and stores it on an S3 account. If the thought of losing your Twitter feed makes you wince, it might be worth a look.

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Store Large Downloads For Your Site

If you have large files that users can download from a website, like a podcast or videos, it works out cheaper to host them on Amazon s3 which means less stress on your server. In case you didn’t know, all of our fantastic free MakeUseOf guides are hosted on S3.

The Amazon s3 WordPress Plugin makes it super-easy to upload the files and make links from within the standard WordPress editor.

Host An Entire Website On S3

As long as your website consists only of static files, it’s actually possibly to host the whole thing on Amazon. The speed will be relatively fast Give Your Wordpress Blog Lightning Fast Speeds With W3TC Give Your Wordpress Blog Lightning Fast Speeds With W3TC Read More compared to a shared hosting, and you’ll never have to worry about downtime. As a cost estimate, a 20-page website with about 10MB of files with 200 visitors a day would work out at about $5 a month to host on Amazon, and you’ll need to do a little editing of your domain name configuration to get it working. Unfortunately this won’t work for a dynamic database-driven website, such as a WordPress-based blog.

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In terms of reliability, S3 offers perhaps the best uptime of any online service provider, no matter what you choose to use it for. The goal of Amazon S3 Web Services is not to offer a complete packaged product that you can just use though, but rather to offer the tools and services to build products on top of. It’s exciting to see what has been done so far, not just with S3 but with the entire range of services they offer that we will explore at a later date.

For now, let us know if you have other unique uses for S3 in the comments, or if you already make use of another cloud storage facility.

  1. leelakits
    September 10, 2016 at 6:41 am

    I am truly pleased to glance at this blog posts which consists of plenty of helpful facts, thanks for providing these statistics..

  2. onlinefiles
    April 27, 2011 at 4:15 pm

    Acronis True Image Home 2011 with Plus Pack add-on offers you 250Gb of storage for all your files or your system image for about $50/year

  3. Warrencini
    April 11, 2011 at 11:51 pm

    I am a freelance accountant who is developing a web-based accounting program right now. I just think whethe cloud computing can help in providing bookkeeping service.

    Affiliating with local accountants, convincing the local clients to enter certain routine data (buy and sell, bank statement/cashsheet data) online...

    The most costly (and critical) problems are storage cost and security. But if that S3 service can solve these two problems, accounting costs can be cut almost 60%...

    Feel free to contact me at warrencini@yahoo.com.hk (same for twitter) ...

  4. Warrencini
    April 11, 2011 at 9:51 pm

    I am a freelance accountant who is developing a web-based accounting program right now. I just think whethe cloud computing can help in providing bookkeeping service.

    Affiliating with local accountants, convincing the local clients to enter certain routine data (buy and sell, bank statement/cashsheet data) online...

    The most costly (and critical) problems are storage cost and security. But if that S3 service can solve these two problems, accounting costs can be cut almost 60%...

    Feel free to contact me at warrencini@yahoo.com.hk (same for twitter) ...

  5. klaatu barda nikto
    April 10, 2011 at 9:35 pm

    Gladinet Cloud Desktop http://www.gladinet.com/ just added a driver to support Amazon Cloud Drive. They already supported Amazon S3 and about a dozen other cloud services already.

  6. klaatu barda nikto
    April 10, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    Gladinet Cloud Desktop http://www.gladinet.com/ just added a driver to support Amazon Cloud Drive. They already supported Amazon S3 and about a dozen other cloud services already.

  7. Bucket Explorer
    April 4, 2011 at 7:07 am

    Hi,
    I am one of the developer of Bucket Explorer. Bucket Explorer supporting Amazon's S3 Website feature. You can host your static website on Amazon S3 very easily.
    Bucket Explorer come with a lot of features which is provided by amazon s3, cloudfront, sns, import export etc...

    Try Free Trial Version for 30 Days : http://www.bucketexplorer.com/...

  8. Bucket Explorer
    April 4, 2011 at 5:07 am

    Hi,
    I am one of the developer of Bucket Explorer. Bucket Explorer supporting Amazon's S3 Website feature. You can host your static website on Amazon S3 very easily.
    Bucket Explorer come with a lot of features which is provided by amazon s3, cloudfront, sns, import export etc...

    Try Free Trial Version for 30 Days : http://www.bucketexplorer.com/be-download.html

    • Aibek
      April 10, 2011 at 9:39 am

      I have been using Bucket Explorer for about two years now. It's an awesome client for S3. Thank you guys.

  9. cloudberryman
    April 1, 2011 at 9:16 pm

    There is another option to backup data to cloud storage powered by Amazon S3. Check out CloudBerry Backup http://backup.cloudberrylab.co... . It is one time fee and the rest what you pay for Amazon S3. Besides, there is no proprietary data format and you can access your data using other Amazon s3 tools. Supports all Amazon S3 regions and Reduced Redundancy Storage.

  10. cloudberryman
    April 1, 2011 at 9:16 pm

    There is another option to backup data to cloud storage powered by Amazon S3. Check out CloudBerry Backup http://backup.cloudberrylab.co... . It is one time fee and the rest what you pay for Amazon S3. Besides, there is no proprietary data format and you can access your data using other Amazon s3 tools. Supports all Amazon S3 regions and Reduced Redundancy Storage. ( unfortunately most of the bloggers ignore our solution for no reasons)

  11. cloudberryman
    April 1, 2011 at 7:16 pm

    There is another option to backup data to cloud storage powered by Amazon S3. Check out CloudBerry Backup http://backup.cloudberrylab.com/ . It is one time fee and the rest what you pay for Amazon S3. Besides, there is no proprietary data format and you can access your data using other Amazon s3 tools. Supports all Amazon S3 regions and Reduced Redundancy Storage. ( unfortunately most of the bloggers ignore our solution for no reasons)

    • cloudberryman
      April 18, 2011 at 8:38 am

      Since I posted this comment we paid for a fast track review. That was two weeks ago, no review and now feedback :-(

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