Chapter 4Storing Data with Amazon S3
In this chapter, we’ll dive headfirst into Amazon S3, the Simple Storage Service. After a quick overview of the most important S3 concepts, we’ll spend the greater part of this chapter reviewing the code needed to manipulate buckets and objects in S3 and its content-distribution sibling, CloudFront.
S3 is an Internet-scale data storage service. All data is stored redundantly to guard against problems brought on by temporary connectivity issues or permanent hardware failures. S3 can scale to handle vast amounts of data and deal with a very large number of concurrent accesses. At the time of writing, S3 held over 200 billion objects and was handling over one trillion requests per year.
S3 lets ...