“Amazon S3 is storage for the Internet. It is designed to make web-scale computing easier for developers.”
aws.amazon.com/s3 says it all.
‘Amazon S3′ is the Simple Storage Service offered by Amazon.
Amazon hasn’t really gone full steam with this product. You don’t see any advertisements, any kind of fanfare, blogposts, reviews about it. Still very much in the inner-cirlces of industry tech freaks.
Although there are a lot of other sites providing similar funtionality, Amazon S3 has the advantage of scaling fast, reliability and speed. And if these factors weren’t enough, its cheaper than any of its competetors.
I don’t quite understand how Amazon will be able to keep the prices for its S3 offering as they presently are. The business model does not seem to favour scalability. We will just have to wait and watch.
Don MacAskill, CEO of online photo site SmugMug, says that S3 also has the advantage of freeing up capital.”One of the other big cost issues is you don’t have to front-load your capital costs,” he explains. “So even if S3 were slightly more expensive in the long run, it makes utilizing your existing cash much easier. It also gets away from the silly
capital-expenses-amortized-over-five-years tax law, which basically
means that in your first year you have to pay 30% of the capital
expenses again to the government and you don’t get it back for a few
Some of the startups using Amazon’s S3 services for their data storage are:
- Jungle Disk
- Elephant Drive
Digital media, banner ads, video content, are just examples of how S3 is currently being used.
Post by Sasidhar.