Amazon's S3 can now store files of up to 5TB

Previously, the limit for individual files was 5GB

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has increased the maximum size of files that can be stored on its Simple Storage Service (S3) to 5TB from 5GB, Amazon said in a blog post on Thursday.

The change will benefit S3 users who need to store filed with high resolution video content, scientific or medical data, according to Amazon.

Until now, S3 users with those demands have had to store their files as separate chunks of up to 5GB. When they then wanted to access the file, users would either have to use several URIs (uniform resource identifiers) in Amazon S3, and stitch the file back together using an intermediate server or within an application.

To simplify and speed up the upload of large files to the cloud, Amazon suggests using its multipart upload feature. It was introduced last month and allows users break up files into smaller parts and then upload them independently, in any order, and in parallel.

Also, the AWS SDKs (Software Development Kit), the S3 Management Console, and AWS Import/Export have been upgraded to handle the new large file size.

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