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Amazon S3 vs Rackspace Cloud Files: What are the differences?

Key Differences between Amazon S3 and Rackspace Cloud Files

Amazon S3 and Rackspace Cloud Files are both cloud storage solutions, but they have some key differences. Here are six specific differences between the two:

  1. Storage Architecture: Amazon S3 uses an object-based storage architecture, where each object is stored in a separate file with a unique key. In contrast, Rackspace Cloud Files uses a container-based architecture, where objects are organized into containers or directories.

  2. Scalability: Amazon S3 has a highly scalable architecture that can handle virtually unlimited amounts of data. It offers automatic scaling and load balancing, ensuring high availability and performance. Rackspace Cloud Files, although scalable, may have limitations on storage size and performance for larger deployments.

  3. Data Transfer Costs: Amazon S3 charges separately for data transfer in and out of the storage service, as well as for data transfer within different regions. Rackspace Cloud Files, on the other hand, includes data transfer within the same region at no additional cost, which can be advantageous for certain workloads.

  4. Pricing: Both Amazon S3 and Rackspace Cloud Files offer different pricing models based on storage usage, data transfer, and additional services. However, the specific pricing structures and rates may vary significantly between the two providers. It's important to compare and evaluate costs based on individual requirements.

  5. CDN Integration: Amazon S3 seamlessly integrates with Amazon CloudFront, its content delivery network (CDN) service, allowing for efficient global content distribution. Rackspace Cloud Files also offers CDN integration, but it may require additional configuration and setup compared to the built-in integration of Amazon S3 and CloudFront.

  6. Additional Services: Amazon S3 provides a wide range of additional services and features, such as data encryption, versioning, and lifecycle management. Rackspace Cloud Files, while offering basic storage functionality, may have fewer additional services and features available, depending on the specific requirements of the user.

In Summary, Amazon S3 and Rackspace Cloud Files differ in their storage architecture, scalability, data transfer costs, pricing models, CDN integration, and additional services offered.

Advice on Amazon S3 and Rackspace Cloud Files

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 · 115.8K 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 Rackspace Cloud Files

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
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    Simple & easy
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    Many sdks
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    1000+ POPs
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    Plug and play
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    Easy to use
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    Akamai CDN
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    Inexpensive and pay-as-you-go
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    Simple file upload
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    Simple scaling
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    Any media type, any size
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    Huge time-saver
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    Low learning curve
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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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    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 Rackspace Cloud Files?

    Cloud Files, powered by OpenStack®, provides an easy to use online storage for files and media which can be delivered globally at blazing speeds over Akamai's content delivery network (CDN).

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    What are some alternatives to Amazon S3 and Rackspace Cloud Files?
    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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