What is Amazon S3?

Amazon S3 (Simple Storage Service) is an online service provided by Amazon.com, that allows web designers to store large amounts of data online

S3 is free to join, and is a pay-as-you-go sevice, meaning you only ever pay for any of the hosting and bandwidth costs that you use, making it very attractive for start-up companies looking to minimize costs

Here are their current costs – http://aws.amazon.com/s3/pricing/ – note the free usage tier for the first year

On top of this, the fully scalable, fast and reliable service provided by Amazon, makes it highly attractive to web designers all over the world

Amazon offer S3 as a hosting system dependent on your geographic location, currently offering datacenters in the US, Europe and Asia. Prices of the service are dependent on your location

Amazon also provides the CloudFront service. Your files are copied to servers around the world and your viewers access the nearest copy, reducing loading time and speeding up playback.


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