IONOS Simple Storage Service (S3) Object Storage is a secure, scalable storage solution that offers high data availability and performance. The product adheres to the S3 API standards, enabling the storage of vast amounts of unstructured data and seamless integration into S3-compatible applications and infrastructures.
Unlike traditional hierarchical systems like block storage volumes or disk file systems, Object Storage utilizes a flat structure that is ideal for storing large chunks of unstructured, static data that you want to keep ‘as is’ for later access. Businesses of all sizes can use IONOS S3 Object Storage to store files (objects) for varied Use Cases.
The IONOS S3 Object Storage service is available in the following locations:
For the list of available points of access, see S3 Endpoints.
How does IONOS S3 Object Storage work?
In IONOS S3 Object Storage, the data that you want to store in the Object Storage is called Objects. The data types could be archives, backups, log files, documents, images, and media assets. Each object is allocated a unique URL for direct access. Further, you can group these objects within a folder to help organize and manage these objects within a bucket. For more information, see Objects and Folders.
To upload objects into the Object Storage, you need to first create containers known as Buckets by choosing the S3 region and a unique bucket name. The objects are stored in these buckets which are accompanied by rich metadata. For more information, see Buckets.
On creating the first bucket, a key is generated if it does not exist already. A key is a unique identifier to access buckets and objects. This key is a combination of Access Key and Secret Key which is listed in the Key Management section. Each object in the bucket has exactly one key. For more information, see Key Management.
Based on access permissions, buckets, and objects can be publicly accessible or kept private and shared with only intended users. Use the bucket and object Access Control List (ACL) setting and S3 Endpoints to manage access.
The illustration summarizes the core components of Object Storage and the functional benefits businesses can attain with Object Storage. Important use cases where Object Storage is of benefit to enterprises are highlighted here. For more information, see Features and Benefits and Use Cases.