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Amazon S3 vs. Storj DCS

Who is the better object storage provider for you?
Written by
Louis-Victor Jadavji, Cofounder of Taloflow

Who Should You Choose, and Why?

🤔 Strongly consider Amazon S3 over Storj DCS if

  • You require extensive access control, life cycle, versioning and tagging features with your cloud storage service.
  • You are deeply embedded in the rest of the AWS ecosystem, and need eventing features to trigger Lambda functions.
  • You store lots of very small files.

🤔 Strongly consider Storj DCS over Amazon S3 if

  • You want much cheaper storage with native replication across dozens upon dozens of regions and no minimum duration for storing files.
  • You want a much simpler pricing structure to work with.

đź“ť Other Notes

  • While Storj DCS does not have free egress, it is very cheap and comes with no caveats.
  • Generally-speaking, the security benefits (by default) of a decentralized service like Storj DCS can be matched on distributed providers like AWS so long as you’re willing to put in the extra effort or pay potentially a lot more.

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“Gotchas”

  • Storj charges a "Per Segment Fee" of $0.0000088 after you've breached the 10,000 Segment per Project free tier. A Segment is any file that is under 64MB, or any 64MB parts of files greater than 64MB.
  • While Amazon S3 offers extra-redundancy tiers of storage, data stored on Storj DCS is already geo-redundant within its single tier of storage.

Feature Comparison

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Pricing Comparison

Integration With Other Services

Not all object storage providers have the integrations or compatibility with tools like IPFS, Filezilla or specific CDN providers.



Compliance Requirements

Compliance with standards like PCI DSS, HIPAA, ISO 27001, FedRAMP and more have been tracked and recorded.



About the Author

Louis-Victor Jadavji, Cofounder of Taloflow

Louis-Victor Jadavji (or "LV") is a recognized leader in the cloud services industry. He's helped 50+ digital native companies like ModusBox, Later, and NS1 choose the right cloud stack for their applications. His work has been featured in Forbes (30 Under 30 All-Star), HuffPost, The New York Times, The Globe and Mail, and Inc. Magazine.

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