Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) provides developers and IT teams with secure, durable, highly-scalable object storage. Amazon S3 is easy to use, with a simple web services interface to store and retrieve any amount of data from anywhere on the web. With Amazon S3, you pay only for the storage you actually use. There is no minimum fee and no setup cost.
HWDMediaShare & Amazon S3
HWDMediaShare includes support for Amazon S3 storage. You can serve your media files directly from Amazon's servers, bypassing your own server. This significantly reduces site load and bandwidth consumption. The feature works by moving your "local" media files (after they have been uploaded and processed on your server) to the Amazon S3 servers, and then loading the media files from Amazon instead of your own server.
Maintenance functions will work in the background to transfer all your videos to the Amazon S3 servers.
This documentation is written for Joomla 3, and refers to the Amazon S3 plugin included in HWDMediaShare v2.