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What AWS S3 Can Do For You

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AWS S3 stands for Amazon Web Services, Simple Storage Service and that’s exactly what it is.  It’s a simple way of storing data and it’s also priced very affordably. In fact, it’s simple enough and affordable enough to be affordable to individuals, freelancers/micropreneurs/side-hustlers and the smallest of SMBs.  That’s good because there are a lot of advantages to using it in preference not just to free services but also to alternative paid services. Here’s what you need to know.

You Either Pay For The Product Or You Are The Product

Those T&Cs you skipped when you signed up for your free cloud-storage account will almost certainly have stated that the company behind the account will be able to make some sort of commercial use of your data.  In principle, this could be a fair swap. It’s essentially how commercial media has been working for years. In practice, in the digital world, it’s very much become a “give them an inch” situation. As a result, many people have become much more cautious about using these services.

AWS S3 Is Designed For Storing Data Of Any Sort In A Flexible Manner

If you’ve accepted the principle of paying for cloud storage, then you’re probably looking at AWS S3 in comparison with the paid versions of services like GoogleDrive, OneDrive, and DropBox.  Possibly the biggest difference between AWS S3 and these services is that AWS S3 offers massively more flexibility. You can not only backup essentially any kind of data, but you can also choose different pricing tiers depending on how often and how quickly you need access to the data.  

AWS S3 Really Comes Into Its Own For Data Archiving

Data archiving is basically putting important files into cold storage because you know they’re important but you don’t need them daily.  It is as important for individuals as it is for businesses and it really pays to follow the old 3-2-1 strategy. That’s three copies of your data over at least two media one of which is kept off-site.  

If you keep a paper copy (even now that can be useful for legal documents), an electronic copy on a physical device (such as a CD or portable hard drive) and a copy in AWS S3 (with the password details kept separately and securely in case someone else needs to access it), then you’re covered.  As a bonus, you can use the AWS S3 inventory system to keep track of the data you’re holding.

You Control Where Your Data Is Held

If you’re using AWS S3 just to store your own data, then, in principle, you can choose whatever region you like, which could give you even more options for saving money.  If you’re using AWS S3 for business purposes and storing sensitive data belonging to other people, then the ability to choose the region in which it is stored can make it a whole lot easier to comply with data protection laws.

You Can Use AWS S3 As Part Of A Wider Cloud Solution

AWS S3 itself is designed for storing data, but AWS overall has all kinds of interesting functionality.  It’s simple enough to be used by individuals but has more than enough power to keep even larger businesses happy and could certainly satisfy the computing needs of the average SMB.  As such, it can be a great all-in-one solution for the increasing number of people who are moving away from the corporate world to work for SMBs or freelance or who are balancing corporate work with their own side-hustle.