A bucket-level feature, Amazon S3 Transfer Acceleration enables fast, easy, and secure transfers of files over long distances between your client and an S3 bucket. S3 Transfer Acceleration is designed to optimize transfer speeds from around the world into S3 buckets. In Amazon CloudFront, Transfer Acceleration takes advantage of the globally distributed edge locations. The data is routed to Amazon S3 over an optimized network path. This is when the data arrives at an edge location. Cloud world standards are constantly becoming demanding as high upload speed becomes a necessity. This is especially in business analytics and other real-time data processing areas. Amazon S3 is the world’s leading provider of cloud solutions, Amazon Web Services or AWS intends to meet this challenge. Amazon S3 Transfer Acceleration, a feature ensuring faster data transfer was added to Amazon S3.
Why use Transfer Acceleration?
Reasons to Transfer Acceleration on a bucket for various reasons:
- Customers upload to a centralized bucket from around the world.
- Transferring gigabytes to terabytes of data on a regular basis across different continents.
- Using available bandwidth over the internet when uploading to Amazon S3 is not possible, hence Transfer Acceleration.
How Amazon S3 Transfer Acceleration Work?
Networking or Routing Optimization Methods is a method to speed up data exchange between an application and a remote storage. Finding optimal ‘routes’ to transfer information faster and avoid its loss is the objective. It is always better to choose the ones with less loaded and have higher bandwidth. This means, optimization requires constant analysis of networking resources. This is to find out which ‘path’ is better at the moment.
Amazon uses its own networking resources to accelerate data transfer. With Amazon S3 Transfer Acceleration enabled, the CloudFront network of edge locations prioritizes user sessions uploading data. The optimal route for each session is chosen from AWS’ own backbone network. To determine the best route for a specific session at a given moment, AWS routing devices use special algorithms to monitor and calculate in real-time.
What is S3 transfer protocol?
S3 is accessed using web-based protocols. They uses standard HTTP(S) and a REST-based application programming interface (API). S3 was initially available by Amazon in 2006. The system today stores tens of trillions of objects. A single object can range from a few KBs to 5TB in size. Objects are arranged into collections called “buckets”. It provides admin and security multitenancy outside of the bucket structure. S3’s operation is a flat structure with no equivalent of the file structure hierarchy seen with NFS-based storage, common internet file system (CIFS)-based storage or SMB-based storage.
Storage tiers in Amazon S3
Three levels of storage tier available from Amazon are:
- Standard: General S3 capacity. Used as the usual end point for data added to S3.
- Standard (Infrequent Access): A S3 version with lower levels of availability than Standard. This is for data that needs no high availability.
- Glacier: Long term archive storage.
How Much Amazon S3 Transfer Acceleration Cost?
Additional charges may apply when you use Amazon S3 Transfer Acceleration for accelerating data transfers IN to Amazon S3. Prices are $ 0,04/GB for edge locations in United States, Europe or Japan and $ 0,08/GB for all other locations. For Amazon S3’s data transfers OUT and between different AWS regions the price is $ 0,04/GB for all edge locations. Before data transfer starts, AWS automatically tests if Amazon S3 Transfer Acceleration can improve data transfer speed or not. Otherwise you will be charged a regular data transfer fee.