• Asif Saeed

5 Benefits of using Amazon S3 vs your own server for hosting images/videos

Updated: Aug 30

If your website has a lot of images or videos, you can put them on dedicated servers. The problem that you will have is that you will need to make sure that the images/videos are secure, backed up properly and also are accessible when there is lot of load on your website.

One of the biggest problem is that its your server processing all the requests to your images and also in the process increasing load on your server.

What if There is a Better Way?

Amazon simple storage service or Amazon S3 provides developers and our IT teams with saving, secure object storage.

It’s easy to use with its simple web service interface that can be used to store and retrieve any amount of data at any time from Amazon EC2 or from anywhere on the web.

You just choose the region where you want your data stored. Create a bucket and you can begin storing down in S3.

And with Amazon S3 you won’t need a crystal ball to predict how much storage you gonna need in future.

You can store as much data as you want and access it when you need it. When it comes to storage the last thing you wanna worry about is losing valuable data.

Amazon S3 helps make sure that doesn’t happen by automatically making copies of your object on multiple devices across multiple facilities.

Amazon S3 also lets you preserve, retrieve and restore every version of every object in an Amazon S3 bucket.

So, you can easily recover if something is accidentally deleted by users or applications failure. With Amazon S3 you only pay for the storage you actually use. There is no minimum fee and no setup cost.

For the data that you don’t need very often, Amazon S3 helps reduce cost with configurable life cycle policies that automatically archive Amazon S3 objects to Amazon glacier –  A low-cost storage archive service.

We know that making sure your data is secured from the unauthorized user is very important.

An Amazon S3 gives you the flexibility to control who can access your data with identity and access, management policies, access controls, bucket policies and clearly String authentication.

S3 also helps you securely upload and download your data with SSL encrypted and points and provides multiple options for encrypting data at rest.

Amazon S3 helps you get the most out of your data by making sure its storage safely available when needed and will scale as your needs grow.


Low Cost:

Hosting Images on Amazon S3 gives you the ability to store a large amount of data with a very low cost. It uses lifecycle policies, you can set policies to migrate your data automatically to standard – infrequent access. Amazon Glacier further reduces cost.

With Amazon S3 you only pay for your what you use. While hosting on your own server is expensive and its price is fixed. Whether you use it or not you have to pay for it.

You can have a flexible pricing structure for each and every service you want to avail. Plus imagine putting different copies of your images on three servers like amazon s3 does for every image it hosts and you will see that the cost is even more great.


Hosting Images on Amazon S3 gives you 99.99% availability that will protect your data. Your data will be protected against network and power problems as well as against hardware failure.

Your server sometimes may face downtime. There is also a probability of unavailability of your site. Due to which your traffic may get distorted. While in Amazon S3 have replicas of your servers. In case of any downtime, replica will cover for you.

So even if your database or server goes down because of hardware or security issues. You can count on your images being up all the time. Plus access to image file will not increase load on your server and your images will load up fast no matter how slow your main server is because of the load it is getting.


Data stored in Amazon is secure by default because only owner and bucket have access to Amazon S3 resources. It provides encryption for both secure storage and secure transit.

Amazon S3 data centers are probably much more protected against things like fire, hurricanes, theft, etc.

Amazon S3 provides data transfer your data over automatic encryption and SSL once it is uploaded.

Your own dedicated server may not follow security measures that can lead to risks.

You have a fear of getting hacked. While Amazon offered various features of reliability and data security.

Simple Data Transfer:

Amazon S3 gives you many options for Cloud Data Migration. It makes is cost effective and so simple to transfer a large amount of data to Amazon S3 or out of Amazon S3.

Transferring your data while hosting your own server is expensive and time-consuming. You must have to purchase another storage for your data.

On the other hand, Amazon S3 customer’s can select a physical disk and network or import and exporting of their data.  

Easy to Manage:

Amazon S3 provides you a data-driven approach to data security, management efficiency, and storage optimization.

These super features give you information about your data that helps you in managing the storage of your data.

Vizteck Solutions provides services to move your images from dedicated servers to S3. We also provide consultancy on how to make your existing apps scalable on Amazon Architecture. Contact Us Today