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aewacs - Amazon Web Services S3 storage: So, So, So simple

At aewacs, we make no secret of our passion for working with Amazon Web Services, as you may know by now. One of the features that make our hearts beat faster, is its widely used and easy to manage cloud storage service.

AWS S3

Although the title of this article suggests otherwise, AWS S3 formally stands for Simple Storage Service. We are avid users of AWS S3 for storing, handling and retrieving both our customers’ and our own backups and syncing them to other regions for Disaster Recovery purposes.

'Bucket' list

Objects to be stored, each of which can contain up to 5 TB of data, all consist of data and meta data and are placed in so-called buckets. For the sake of effective retrieval they are provided with a key and unique ID. Granting certain rights to users (permissions) as to who is allowed to read and/or delete, change and create can be done in a jiffy as well.

For discretion purposes, all storage actions we take on behalf of our clients are executed within the client’s account. In other words: aewacs staff has no access to the actual data whatsoever.

Stored data

To optimize latency, minimize costs or address regulatory requirements, clients can choose from some fourteen geographical regions across the world to store their data. Each region is subdivided in multiple availability zones. ‘Design for disaster’ To meet the design for disaster requirement, aewacs makes use of AWS S3 for simultaneous storage on the other availability zones at all times (synchronization).

Where the backup data come from is no issue and can range from web sites and mobile apps to corporate applications and data from IoT sensors or devices.

Charged for actual usage

Unlike other storage providers who force clients to purchase a predetermined amount of storage and network transfer capacity (with the risk of being shut off or charged high overage fees), Amazon charges its clients only for what they actually use. In this way, developers benefit from a variable-cost service that grows with their business.

Did we mention the fact that S3 is platform-independent and comes with a 99.999999999 % durability? Or the Object Expiration function that allows you to define rules to schedule the removal of your objects after a pre-defined retention period? Or the advantage of…..well, never mind. We are getting carried away again.

It’s so, so, so tempting!

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