TechFriday: Slowly transitioning business storage to AWS S3

Posted By on May 29, 2015

AmazonS3storageAs some point in business, we need to know when it is time to throw in the towel. I’m not talking about going out of business, selling or retiring just yet, BUT “giving up” on competing when it comes to data storage. In my personal life, I’ve been using cloud based storage for years… be it Dropbox, Google Drive, Cubby, Microsoft OneDrive, Apple iCloud or others. Business wise, we’ve maintained our own servers and controlled storage and backup of data, be it customer archives, websites or our own business files. This past year we’ve slowly been archiving larger files over on our Amazon’s AWS S3 servers. I’m not sure why it has taken so long, but it sure beats duplicating backup hard drives and archiving DVDs or a “smallish” NAS drives. This year I think it is time to move more of our everyday storage off of our physical and webserver hard drives to AWS.

Amazon S3

Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3), provides developers and IT teams with secure, durable, highly-scalable object storage. Amazon S3 is easy to use, with a simple web services interface to store and retrieve any amount of data from anywhere on the web. With Amazon S3, you pay only for the storage you actually use. There is no minimum fee and no setup cost.

Amazon S3 can be used alone or together with other AWS services such as Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2), Amazon Elastic Block Store (Amazon EBS), and Amazon Glacier, as well as third party storage repositories and gateways. Amazon S3 provides cost-effective object storage for a wide variety of use cases including cloud applications, content distribution, backup and archiving, disaster recovery, and big data analytics.

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  1. lacking in consistency, constancy, or visible order, disconnected; fitful: desultory conversation.
  2. digressing from or unconnected with the main subject; random: a desultory remark.