Amazon may want to come up with a new name for their Simple Storage Service.\u00a0 As it turns out, selecting the right S3 storage plan and forecasting your monthly expenses is anything but simple.\u00a0 Amazon offers a range of S3 storage classes for different use cases.\u00a0 But figuring out the best storage class for your particular application, and projecting your recurring S3 costs can be a challenge.\u00a0 With so many choices and pricing variables, it is nearly impossible to make a well-informed decision or accurately budget expenses.\r\nNot so Simple Storage Classes\r\nAmazon claims to offer three different S3 storage classes to satisfy different requirements:\u00a0 General Purpose, Infrequent Access and Archive.\u00a0 But when you delve into the details, they actually sell five different storage plans, each with distinct performance and availability characteristics, and pricing structures: \r\n\r\n\r\n \tAmazon S3 Standard \u2013 a general-purpose object storage service for frequently accessed data.\u00a0\r\n \tAmazon S3 \u2013 Standard-Infrequent Access \u2013 a lower-cost storage service for less frequently accessed data.\r\n \tAmazon S3 \u2013 One-Zone Infrequent Access \u2013 a discounted, lower-cost storage service for less frequently accessed data\u2013 with lower availability commitments.\r\n \tAmazon Glacier \u2013 a long-term data archival service for rarely accessed data.\r\n \tAmazon S3 Reduced Redundancy Storage (RRS) \u2013 S3 Standard with lower data durability commitments.\r\n\r\nChoosing the right option can be a daunting proposition.\r\nNot so Simple Pricing\r\nAmazon\u2019s pricing is complicated to say the least.\u00a0 S3 pricing is usage-based and includes a storage component and an access component.\u00a0 You pay a monthly per GB storage fee, which varies per storage class and across Amazon S3 regions.\u00a0 And you pay additional access fees to move data in and out of S3.\r\nStorage Pricing\r\nAmazon S3 monthly storage fees are based on:\r\n\r\n\r\n \tBaseline storage fees \u2013 per GB storage fees based. \u00a0 Each storage class (S3 Standard, S3 Standard-Infrequent Access, S3 One-Zone Infrequent Access, Amazon Glacier and S3 RRS) is covered by a different pricing scheme.\u00a0 S3 Standard is covered by a tiered pricing model.\u00a0 (Amazon charges a fixed per GB fee for the first 50 TB of data, a slightly lower per GB fee for the next 450 TB of data, and a slightly lower per GB fee for over 500 TB of data.)\u00a0 Other storage classes are covered by flat-rate, usage-based models.\r\n \tLocation where data is stored \u2013 Amazon pricing varies from region to region. \r\n\r\nAccess Pricing\r\nAmazon charges separately for:\r\n\r\n\r\n \tData request fees \u2013 separate transactional fees for accessing cloud storage via API calls (PUT, COPY, GET, POST, LIST, etc.) \r\n \tData transfer fees \u2013 separate, individual fees for transferring data:\r\n\r\n \tFrom S3 to other Amazon sites. \r\n \tFrom S3 to the internet.\r\n\r\n\r\n \tTransfer acceleration fees \u2013 separate, individual fees to accelerate performance when transferring data:\r\n\r\n \tFrom the internet into S3.\r\n \tFrom S3 to other Amazon sites. \r\n \tFrom S3 to the internet.\r\n\r\n\r\n \tAmazon Glacier requests \u2013 separate Glacier lifecycle transition request fees.\r\n\r\nWasabi is Simply a Better Choice\r\nAs you might expect, many S3 customers have a difficult time managing expenses.\u00a0 Surprise bills are fairly common. When you factor in all the added access fees, the total monthly cost is often much higher than anticipated.\r\nAt Wasabi, we believe cloud storage should be truly simple and truly affordable.\u00a0 And we put our money where our mouth is.\u00a0 We offer one product\u2014with straightforward, predictable and economical pricing\u2014that satisfies virtually every cloud storage requirement.\u00a0 With Wasabi you won\u2019t have to try to make sense of confusing storage classes.\u00a0 And you won\u2019t have to worry about surprise data request fees and transfer charges. Wasabi hot cloud storage costs only $.0059 per GB\/month ($5.99 per TB\/month), with no fees for egress or API requests.\r\nWasabi is significantly easier to understand and significantly less expensive than S3.\u00a0 As our detailed pricing example shows, you can pay over $3,500\/month to store 100 TB of data on Amazon S3 Standard compared to just $599\/month with Wasabi. \u00a0 We believe Wasabi is simply a better choice.\r\nWant to learn more? Read more about Wasabi\u2019s simple, usage-based pricing. And try our cost calculator to see how much you can save with Wasabi hot cloud storage.