What is Amazon Web Services?

Amazon Web Services (AWS) is a comprehensive, evolving cloud computing platform provided by Amazon. It offers a mix of infrastructure as a service (IaaS), platform as a service (PaaS), and packaged software as a service (SaaS) offerings. AWS enables businesses and developers to utilize powerful computing capabilities and massive storage options without the need for upfront investment in physical hardware.

At its core, AWS provides users with virtual servers and storage, alongside a wide array of services that can be used for various applications such as web hosting, application hosting, and backups. AWS backup software, a pivotal component of AWS, ensures data integrity and recovery across its cloud services, safeguarding businesses against data loss.

The benefits of AWS extend beyond just its backup solutions. Its scalability allows businesses to adjust resources according to demand, ensuring optimal performance and cost-efficiency. AWS’s global network of data centers ensures low latency and higher speeds for applications, enhancing user experience. Moreover, AWS's commitment to security, with its comprehensive compliance and protection measures, makes it a trusted partner for businesses migrating to cloud computing.

AWS is not just a platform for cloud storage or a hosting service; it's a complete ecosystem that supports a wide range of computing needs with efficiency, security, and scalability. Whether it's deploying new applications, storing data, or securing backups, AWS provides an all-in-one cloud computing solution that drives innovation and business growth.

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What is Amazon S3?

The Amazon S3 (S3" is an acronym for “Simple Storage Service”) is the one of most advanced file-keeping storage services of modern type known as “cloud servces”. Manipulating with the storage through the network interface, Amazon S3 allows users to store, share and synchronize any type of data files. Interestingly, some popular “cloud services” of user-level segment ilke Bitcasa, Zmanda and Dropbox all uses Amazon S3 as the real host for transferring and keeping data.

Amazon S3 is proven to reliability and durability of data keeping, as well as to reliability of any connections established by server side. No level of data loss is marked by Amazon as satisfying.

Operations through Amazon S3 file transferring are both secured via HTTPS and Amazon S3 own methods, and encrypted with options such as client library encryption and built-in S3 Server Side Encryption. The owner of data can strictly control who and how may have an access to all parts of information stored by a particular user.

Amazon Glacier — Slow but Cheap and Reliable

A counterpart of Amazon S3 is existed; this service, named Amazon Glacier, designed for reliable keeping the data with a relatively small frequency of calling and renewal. This service is also an excellent backup network storage, compared by efficiency and cost with tape backup technique of old days. The Amazon Glacier cost for now is just $0.01 per gigabyte per month, signinicantly cheaper than any of the more fast cloud services. Also, the latency of Amazon Glacier is very high and may be measured in hours, not in milliseconds.

See also: Backup to Amazon S3

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