Amazon S3 Connector for SharePoint

Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) provides simple, cost-effective storage at large scale

For a decade, Amazon has offered S3 as a web service, providing object storage with a simple API to store and retrieve any amount of data from anywhere on the web.  S3 is used as a bulk repository, or "data lake," for analytics; for backup & recovery; for disaster recovery; and for archiving.  Many cloud-based applications use S3 as primary storage.   

S3 is sometimes referred to as “Amazon Buckets” because in order to upload your data (photos, videos, documents etc.), you first create a bucket in one of the AWS Regions. You can then upload any number of objects to the bucket.

The BAI Amazon S3 connector makes it possible to surface content from S3 in SharePoint, enabling users to get integrated search results from SharePoint that include files stored in S3. This eliminates the need to do multiple searches, which can often cause inconsistent results and decreased productivity.

A single consolidated search index referencing S3, along with content from SharePoint and other repositories, is surfaced as a single unified result set, giving users a single access point for searching across the enterprise.

Connectors for SharePoint

Many Amazon S3 customers use SharePoint as their intranet platform and as such providing access from SharePoint to S3 storage, and to other systems, is critical. In addition to Amazon S3, we provide over 60 other connectors to SharePoint. The list can be found here.

The Amazon S3 Connector:

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    Works with all content in S3.
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    S3 retains the master information and the search index has pointers to the original content so that users clicking on a search result are always working on the most current documents.
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    Respects the access permissions (security) set in Amazon S3. This means that the users who have sharing/access privileges assigned to them in A3 are the only ones who can see the results. Resource-based policies, specifically access control lists (ACLs), are crawled along with the objects.
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    In addition to supporting full crawls, the connector supports incremental crawls, which extract only content which has changed since the last crawl.
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    Indexes with a very high throughput.


Future-proof your investment for new SharePoint versions and O365

With each successive version of SharePoint, Microsoft extends its core capabilities, and the same is true of changes to Amazon S3. BA Insight does the hard work of keeping the connector up to date for both S3 and SharePoint. The Amazon S3 for SharePoint Connector supports O365 through Cloud SSA and current versions of SharePoint, including 2010, 2013, 2016.

The upgrades can be done by your IT organization. It is a matter of accessing the BA Insight customer portal, downloading the latest release and installing and configuring it. Or, if desired, our professional services team can handle the upgrades.