Amazon Web Services (AWS) earlier this month, announced their new Amazon Elastic File System Amazon (EFS). Amazon has launched this release, as a fully managed service that will make it easier for all customers to set up and scale file storage in the Amazon Cloud. When Amazon Web Services first introduced this concept back in April 2015, at the AWS Summit in San Francisco, it was primarily aimed at the enterprise and development environment. Today with it’s tried and tested methods, it becomes available to all AWS customers. So what is Amazon EFS and how does it differ from Amazon S3?
How Amazon EFS differs from Amazon S3
Amazon EFS is a file storage service for use with Amazon EC2 which can be used as a highly-available, high-performance file system for content and management systems, that store and service information for a range of applications which include, Big Data and analytics, media processing workflows, content management, web serving, and home directories. Amazon EFS file systems can automatically scale from gigabytes to petabytes of data without needing to provision storage. One to thousands of Amazon EC2 instances can access an Amazon EFS file system at the same time, with Amazon EFS providing consistent performance to each Amazon EC2 instance. With the help of AWS Management Console, you can create file systems that are accessible to Amazon EC2 instances via a file system interface (using standard operating system file I/O APIs) that support full file system access which include consistency and file locking. And because there is no minimum fee or setup costs, you pay only for the storage you use.
With most companies in the cloud today depending on network attached storage (NAS), the cost and time consumption to operate these systems can be unpredictable. Our friends at Cloudwards have expanded on this more with a great blog post answering the question What is NAS?.
Now With Amazon EFS managed service they become simple, scalable and reliable. Amazon S3 is an object storage service that makes data available through an internet API that can be accessed anywhere. Developers can easily build applications that make use of Internet storage. Since Amazon S3 is highly scalable and you only pay for what you use, developers can start small and grow their application as they wish, with no compromise on performance or reliability.
Amazon S3 is highly flexible. Can store any type and amount of data that you want; read the same piece of data a million times or only for emergency disaster recovery; build a simple FTP application, or a sophisticated web application such as the Amazon.com retail website.
What do both these system have to offer?
Both, offer cloud storage solutions that are critical components of cloud computing. With the ever increasing demands of , big data analytics, data warehouses, Internet of Things, databases, backup and archive applications all rely on storage services to meet their requirement and be reliable, scalable and secure.
Amazon Web Services (AWS) are continually developing and deploying new services to meet customers’ demands. As migrated business and IT infrastructural needs grow in the cloud Amazon AWS continue to advance an anticipate customer requirements.
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