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Amazon S3 vs Azure Storage: What are the differences?

Amazon S3 and Azure Storage are cloud-based storage services offered by Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure respectively. Let's explore the key differences between them.

  1. Scalability: Amazon S3 provides unlimited storage and can handle an unlimited number of objects. It allows users to store and retrieve any amount of data at any time. Azure Storage also offers unlimited storage capacity and can scale to handle the needs of applications with high storage demands.

  2. Pricing Structure: Amazon S3 offers a pay-as-you-go pricing model, where users pay for the storage used and the number of requests made. There are different storage classes available with varying costs based on the frequency of data access. Azure Storage also follows a similar pricing structure, charging users for the storage consumed and the number of transactions performed.

  3. Data Transfer: Amazon S3 provides options for both inbound and outbound data transfer, allowing users to easily upload and download their data. It also offers different transfer acceleration options for faster data transfer. Azure Storage also supports inbound and outbound data transfer, with options for using Azure Data Box for large-scale offline data transfer.

  4. Compatibility and Integration: Amazon S3 provides seamless integration with other AWS services, making it easy for users to build scalable and reliable applications. It also has support for a wide range of third-party tools and libraries. Azure Storage is tightly integrated with other Azure services, allowing users to build comprehensive solutions using a wide range of Azure services.

  5. Data Protection and Security: Amazon S3 provides server-side encryption for data at rest and client-side encryption for data in transit. It also offers access control features and allows users to define fine-grained permissions. Azure Storage also provides encryption options for data at rest and in transit and offers access control mechanisms to secure data.

  6. Availability and Durability: Amazon S3 provides a strong consistency model and has a durability guarantee for objects stored. It offers versioning and cross-region replication for data availability. Azure Storage also provides a strong consistency model and has a 99.9999999% durability guarantee. It offers geo-redundant storage for high availability.

In summary, Amazon S3 and Azure Storage are both cloud storage solutions offering scalable and durable object storage. While Amazon S3 is known for its widespread adoption and rich ecosystem of services, Azure Storage provides seamless integration with other Azure services and offers competitive pricing options.

Advice on Amazon S3 and Azure Storage

Hello! I have a mobile app with nearly 100k MAU, and I want to add a cloud file storage service to my app.

My app will allow users to store their image, video, and audio files and retrieve them to their device when necessary.

I have already decided to use PHP & Laravel as my backend, and I use Contabo VPS. Now, I need an object storage service for my app, and my options are:

  • Amazon S3 : It sounds to me like the best option but the most expensive. Closest to my users (MENA Region) for other services, I will have to go to Europe. Not sure how important this is?

  • DigitalOcean Spaces : Seems like my best option for price/service, but I am still not sure

  • Wasabi: the best price (6 USD/MONTH/TB) and free bandwidth, but I am not sure if it fits my needs as I want to allow my users to preview audio and video files. They don't recommend their service for streaming videos.

  • Backblaze B2 Cloud Storage: Good price but not sure about them.

  • There is also the self-hosted s3 compatible option, but I am not sure about that.

Any thoughts will be helpful. Also, if you think I should post in a different sub, please tell me.

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Michira Griffins
Software Developer at Codeshares Ltd · | 1 upvotes · 116.9K views

If pricing is the issue i'd suggest you use digital ocean, but if its not use amazon was digital oceans API is s3 compatible

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Cloudways Cloudways

Hello Mohammad, I am using : Cloudways >> AWS >> Bahrain for last 2 years. This is best I consider out of my 10 year research on Laravel hosting.

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Decisions about Amazon S3 and Azure Storage

Minio is a free and open source object storage system. It can be self-hosted and is S3 compatible. During the early stage it would save cost and allow us to move to a different object storage when we scale up. It is also fast and easy to set up. This is very useful during development since it can be run on localhost.

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Gabriel Pa

We offer our customer HIPAA compliant storage. After analyzing the market, we decided to go with Google Storage. The Nodejs API is ok, still not ES6 and can be very confusing to use. For each new customer, we created a different bucket so they can have individual data and not have to worry about data loss. After 1000+ customers we started seeing many problems with the creation of new buckets, with saving or retrieving a new file. Many false positive: the Promise returned ok, but in reality, it failed.

That's why we switched to S3 that just works.

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Pros of Amazon S3
Pros of Azure Storage
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    Simple & easy
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    Many sdks
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    Easy Setup
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    1000+ POPs
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    Plug and play
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    Web UI for uploading files
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    Faster on response
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    GDPR ready
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    Easy to use
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    Easy integration with CloudFront
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    All-in-one storage solution
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    Pay only for data used regardless of disk size
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    Shared drive mapping
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    Cheapest hot and cloud storage

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Cons of Amazon S3
Cons of Azure Storage
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    Permissions take some time to get right
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    Requires a credit card
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    Takes time/work to organize buckets & folders properly
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    Complex to set up
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    Direct support is not provided by Azure storage

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What is Amazon S3?

Amazon Simple Storage Service provides a fully redundant data storage infrastructure for storing and retrieving any amount of data, at any time, from anywhere on the web

What is Azure Storage?

Azure Storage provides the flexibility to store and retrieve large amounts of unstructured data, such as documents and media files with Azure Blobs; structured nosql based data with Azure Tables; reliable messages with Azure Queues, and use SMB based Azure Files for migrating on-premises applications to the cloud.

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What are some alternatives to Amazon S3 and Azure Storage?
Amazon Glacier
In order to keep costs low, Amazon Glacier is optimized for data that is infrequently accessed and for which retrieval times of several hours are suitable. With Amazon Glacier, customers can reliably store large or small amounts of data for as little as $0.01 per gigabyte per month, a significant savings compared to on-premises solutions.
Amazon EBS
Amazon EBS volumes are network-attached, and persist independently from the life of an instance. Amazon EBS provides highly available, highly reliable, predictable storage volumes that can be attached to a running Amazon EC2 instance and exposed as a device within the instance. Amazon EBS is particularly suited for applications that require a database, file system, or access to raw block level storage.
Amazon EC2
It is a web service that provides resizable compute capacity in the cloud. It is designed to make web-scale computing easier for developers.
Google Drive
Keep photos, stories, designs, drawings, recordings, videos, and more. Your first 15 GB of storage are free with a Google Account. Your files in Drive can be reached from any smartphone, tablet, or computer.
Microsoft Azure
Azure is an open and flexible cloud platform that enables you to quickly build, deploy and manage applications across a global network of Microsoft-managed datacenters. You can build applications using any language, tool or framework. And you can integrate your public cloud applications with your existing IT environment.
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