World’s biggest Cloud Storage Provider. Amazon, traditionally an online book store, has put a target on the cloud compute space when it shifted its focus to Amazon Web Services (AWS) in 2006. E-Commerce competition was tough, but public cloud companies back then were scarce, and usability and user friendly products were a long way from being invented.
Amazon’s reign on cloud computing has left its mark in public cloud-land. Competitors have trouble keeping up, if they even get to a point of feature-parity at all. With Amazon’s S3 storage being one of the first, it has basically dictated a standard for the public cloud’s blob storage protocol.
Needless to say, Amazon invented the S3 (Simple Storage Service) standard.
Amazon S3 Pricing details
Amazon has a pay-per-use pricing scheme, however the rate of GB stored and transferred can vary depending on the different storage locations.
Basic pricing for the first 50TB is around $0.02 per GB, excluding transfer cost, and assuming you’re using ‘Standard’ S3 storage. The first 100GB of egress (with exceptions*) is aggregated across all of the accounts connected services and free.
On top of basic costs, there could be charges if you’re exceeding the corresponding API operations (like GET,LIST,PUT,COPY etc).
Transfer costs also differ per region, the egress price per GB can be over 10 cents per GB if your storage is in an ‘exotic’ location such as Tokyo or Sao Paulo *except China and GovCloud