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AWS S3 Object Storage

AWS Simple Storage Service (S3) is object storage that is scalable, durable, highly-available and performant. There are multiple storage classes, with an option to hybridize storage on campus.


Use this option when you…

  • Have an existing solution in AWS, or are planning to use AWS technologies primarily
  • Designed a solution that uses object storage (common)
  • Want AWS to keep track of how frequently you access some objects so they can be moved to lower-cost tiers automatically (“Intelligent Tiering”)

Example Use Cases

  • Need to serve web application assets and content
  • Have a service pipeline that uses object storage
  • Want to integrate SQL tools like AWS Athena
  • Create a data lake to run big data analytics using something like AWS Redshift
  • You need a hybrid storage option like AWS Storage Gateway (CIFS, NFS) or S3 Outposts

Cost Consideration

  • Cost may vary substantially month-to-month
  • Know the specific cost considerations with “Infrequent Access” and “Intelligent Tiering” tiers to avoid costly mistakes
  • See “AWS S3 Glacier Archive” for specific information about this option
  • Like other vendors, education institutions like Stanford receive a waiver on practically all global data egress charges


  • This service is accessible as part of your AWS account
  • Your AWS account will be provisioned by UIT Hosting Services
  • If your service is self-managed, you will be responsible for all aspects of security compliance associated with your AWS account
  • UIT professional services teams may include this service as part of fully-managed, fully-supported solution