What are the differences between Amazon S3 and RapidShare?

Let us understand the concepts of Amazon S3 and Rapidshare before learning the differences between them.

Amazon S3

It is a database service offered by the Amazon Company as a repository for the internet. It provides quick access to data objects along with their storage along with security, performance reliability and at economical prices. S3 is a Simple Storage Service.


The features of Amazon S3 are as follows −

  • In order to access S3 Storage you need to have an AWS account.

  • It offers a pay per use model where you need to pay for only the storage space which you have actually used.

  • It can be used to store many kinds of data objects like text files, excel csv files along with images and snapshots

  • (backup copies) of the data volumes.
  • You may use it for recovering data quickly and reliably in case of application failures.


The advantages of Amazon S3 are as follows −

  • Extensive documentation

  • Offering SDKs for many programming languages

  • Stability and peace of mind

  • Reasonable prices

  • Different storage classes for each necessity

  • High durability

  • Amazon S3 can easily integrate with other AWS products

  • It is going to offer many regions to store your data

  • Allows simple server-side encryption

  • new users can receive 5 GB free storage every month during the first year


The disadvantages of Amazon S3 are as follows −

  • They require the AWS Support Plan that billed separately

  • Downloading data it’s a bit expensive

  • It requires configuring additional AWS services like IAM

  • It has a complex pricing schema


RapidShare is an online file hosting service started in the year 2002 by Christian Schmid and dissolved in the year 2015.


The features of RapidShare are as follows −

  • It is an online file storage service that helps to upload multiple files and generate a private download links

  • With the help of the link we can share the content to anyone

  • Uploading files to Rapidshare is easy just select the file and click the “Upload” button

  • We can also use the Flash-based upload manager that allows us to upload up to three files at a time.

  • The size limit for RapidShare files is 500 MB, but we can split up larger archives if necessary.

  • The free account has some limitations like files can only be downloaded 10 times and the RapidShare links are erased after 60 days of inactivity.

  • The RapidShare Premium account is much faster.

  • The sign up for RapidShare is free and helps us to manage files in an organized way.


The advantages of RapidShare are as follows −

  • Easy to use

  • It is fast and efficient file storage.

  • It has a Flash uploader.

The disadvantage is that there are certain limitations in free accounts.


The major differences between Amazon S3 and RapidShare are as follows −

Amazon S3
Amazon S3 was launched by Amazon in the year 2006.
RapidShare was launched in the year 2001 by Christian Schmid.
Amazon S3 is offering free storage space.
RapidShare offers limited storage for free.
Amazon S3 provides files that can be downloaded multiple or unlimited times.
For free accounts the RapidShare is offering that files can be downloaded only 10 times.
Amazon S3 provides file hosting service and cloud storage service.
RapidShare provides file hosting service and online backup service.
Amazon S3 is still in use.
RapidShare service was suspended in 2015.
The maximum file size of Amazon S3 is 5GB per file.
RapidShare allow maximum size per file is 500 MB
Amazon S3 links are not expired after inactivity for some days.
If RapidShare is inactive till 60 days then the link will expire.
Amazon S3 has a band-width limit.
RapidShare band-width limit is based on paid plans.

Updated on: 17-Mar-2022


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