The Differences Between a Regular Cloud Storage and an S3 Cloud Storage

With the adoption of cloud computing, it has become easier than ever to backup all your important data online.

Nowadays, you have the flexibility of accessing all your files from anywhere in the world, with the benefit of knowing that all your important images, music, videos,  files, documents, as well as other programs and data are securely stored and available  24×7.

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Cloud Storage is an easy-to-use storage service on the Internet. It works like a virtual disk that you can access anytime, anywhere. Is highly scalable with unlimited size and redundant! You can store and retrieve any number and size of files (objects) in/from your personal folders (buckets).

However, there are differences between a standard cloud storage and an S3 cloud storage version.


Standard Cloud Storage & S3 Cloud Storage

In some ways, there is no such thing as “standard” cloud services as each provider has their own unique version of what cloud storage offers. However, there are some commonalities that many of these systems do share. Standard Cloud storage is a way to back up the files on your computer to a remote data center. It works in much the same way as backing up your documents to an external hard drive.

Otherwise known as the Simple Storage Service, the S3 cloud system is more attuned to accessing larger files such as images, video and the like. The S3 resources are basically web services that run their operations through HTTP interface programs, such as REST for example. There are products out there that can be used to back up the S3 system such as TwinStrata and others. Interestingly enough, Amazon offers web-based applications that manage to interweave with the S3 system and actually help avoid complete disasters when trouble strikes, such as when AWS outages occur.

Many other cloud resource storage systems that are not part of Amazon work in many ways like the S3 in the fact that they are web based and offer standard storage solutions. There are hybrid models of course,  which can provide a local iSCSI target that is found on a cache, but in overall terms these hybrid systems work with cloud storage like the S3.

The differences between the two systems in terms of what consumers may see is actually quite small to say the least. For the average consumer, it will come down to cost and features that each type of cloud system offers along with the backing of the company itself. In addition, the manner in which each system stores its information and how it can be accessed is somewhat different as well, though with many consumers these differences may only be noticed on the surface.

You can use Cloud Storage for many things, including but not limited to:

  • backups of you documents, photos and other data
  • as a file repository to share with other users
  • as one infrastructure component of applications that you develop to serve your customers

Lunacloud’s Cloud Storage includes an easy-to-use control panel accessible via a browser. It also provides an S3-compatible API so that you can connect your or third-party applications easily. Lunacloud’s storage API (the API to control Cloud Storage) is compatible with Amazon S3 and you can keep your data private or create public URLs to share any file.


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