Amazon Elastic File System Infrequent Access Now Supports a 7-day Lifecycle Management Policy

Posted on: Nov 6, 2019

You can now choose an Amazon Elastic File System (Amazon EFS) Lifecycle Management policy to automatically move files that haven’t been accessed for 7 days into the EFS Infrequent Access (EFS IA) storage class and save up to 92% as your access patterns change. You can configure this new policy option for your file system, or you can use one of the existing policy options: 14, 30, 60, or 90 days. 

EFS IA provides price/performance that’s cost-optimized for files not accessed every day, enabling you to save up to 92% on file storage costs compared to the Amazon EFS Standard storage class. To get started with EFS IA, you enable Lifecycle Management for your file system, which automatically moves files to the lower-cost storage class based on the last time they were accessed. With this launch, EFS customers can now more quickly realize cost savings and further reduce their first month’s storage charges for workloads where files become infrequently accessed 1 week after they’re initially loaded.  

This new option for EFS Lifecycle Management is immediately available in all EFS regions. For EFS regional availability, see the AWS Region Table. To get started with EFS IA and EFS Lifecycle Management, try it out in the AWS Console.