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Amazon EBS at re:Invent 2022: Build data resiliency and highly available architectures

Amazon Elastic Block Store (EBS) is a foundational service for almost anything customers do in AWS. It’s always a good idea to revisit your architecture to make sure it is scaling in a resilient way as you grow in AWS. With this in mind, we have several re:Invent sessions planned this year with a focus on resiliency and best practices for highly available architectures:

(Breakout) STG219: Build resilient architectures with Amazon EBS: we will discuss the most crucial factors to ensure smooth and predictable operations. This includes focusing on how to recover from those disasters, mitigate risks, and meet the Recovery Time Objective (RTO) and Recovery Point Objective (RPO) in case of failures. We will also look at EBS under the hood and tell you about how we have evolved EBS over the years to build resiliency into our architecture as we’ve scaled.

(Chalk Talk) STG 220: Best practices for moving on-premises applications to Amazon EBS: we will discuss the best practices for migrating on-premises applications to Amazon EBS, which enables virtually unlimited scalability, simplified provisioning of resources with built-in security and recovery features, and eliminates investments in infrastructure, separated management, and complex on-premise operations. We will cover recommendations for applications that can be rearchitected as well as best practices you can follow to build more resiliency in lift-and-shift of commercial or legacy applications.

(Chalk Talk) STG 307: Amazon Elastic Block Store: a tech deep dive: we will dive deep into Amazon EBS and learn about the technology that supports the most performance-demanding critical applications. We will share insights on how to choose the right Amazon EBS volume type to meet the specific needs of your workload depending on different requirements such as performance, throughput, latency, durability, and balance of cost.

In the deep dive session, a particular topic I am excited about will be Scalable Reliable Diagrams (SRD). Traditional Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) based protocols on Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) instance and EBS volume performance suffers with throughput limited by incast, difficult to offload from hardware, also TCP based fabrics are typically slower to recovery from failure. We will show you the advantages of our storage fabric leveraging the SRD protocol for a high performance, low latency network transport protocol. Applications with data traversing through SRD will benefit from its native multi-path, congestion control for large-scale cloud deployment, high throughput, minimum latency jitter, and fast and transparent recovery from the network failure.

Come and join these sessions at re:Invent 2022 to get the most out of your data using Amazon Elastic Block Store (EBS)! If you would like to discuss your storage strategies with an EBS expert while you are at re:Invent, send us a note at and we will be glad to meet.

Roll up your sleeves to learn by doing

If you want to gain hands-on experience on building a resilient architecture, come join the (Workshop) STG314: Amazon EBS Snapshots: Build protection and cost-optimize and (Builders) STG406: Automated data protection & backup compliance with Amazon EBS Snapshots sessions. You will learn other interesting topics, including how to protect data at-rest, data in-transit, and all volume backups with EBS encryption, how to enable a single opt-in setting to easily achieve compliance goals by encrypting all new volumes as they are created, and how to secure your data with ease and with no downtime. Encryption is supported by all volume types and it includes built-in key management to secure your mission-critical workloads.

Find Amazon EBS in other sessions

Amazon EBS is an easy-to-use, scalable, high-performance block-storage service designed for Amazon EC2. If you are looking to deploy low-latency workloads that also require high-performance storage capacity, such as MySQL, MongoDB, Hadoop, ElasticSearch, or Apache Kafka, join this EC2 session: (Breakout) CMP312: Run high-performance storage workloads on EC2 storage optimized instances to learn about the best instance/storage combinations for your workloads. This session dives deep on the different Amazon EC2 storage optimized instance offerings, including a discussion of SSD performance, AWS Nitro SSD advantages, price performance, and ways to optimize your clusters using Amazon EC2 storage optimized instances with Intel and AWS Graviton. Learn when to pick Amazon EC2 storage optimized instance offerings and/or Amazon EBS to run your high-performance storage workloads, based on your workload requirements.

Can’t make it to Las Vegas? Join us virtually for free

If you can’t make it to Las Vegas this year, you can register to virtually attend our live keynotes and leadership sessions for free. You’ll also have the opportunity to view breakout sessions on demand. And AWS Training and Certification is offering digital training, exam readiness, and many more resources virtually. Virtual registration is included for all in-person attendees. Register now.

Don’t forget to regularly check back to our YouTube channel for recaps of all re:Invent sessions after the event, and be sure to follow our AWS Storage Twitter account for the latest and greatest in cloud storage.

Questions? Talk to an Amazon EBS expert

Data resilience and availability are at the top of mind for organizations choosing a block storage architecture in the cloud. If you have any questions about Amazon EBS and its broad capabilities for data resiliency critical to enterprise workloads, please contact us here. We would love to hear from you and answer any questions you may have about Amazon EBS.

Jenny Oshima

Jenny Oshima

Jenny Oshima is a Technical Account Manager for AWS in Northern California. She works with AWS customers to help them build highly reliable, resilient, and cost effective systems and achieve operational excellence for their workloads on AWS. She enjoys writing about various innovative technologies around AWS.

Ryan Sayre

Ryan Sayre

Ryan Sayre is a service-aligned worldwide Senior Storage Specialist focused on EBS for AWS based in Portland, Oregon. He works with AWS customers to help them choose and manage highly resilient and performant data storage for their workloads at scale. He enjoys sharing new technologies and building best-of-breed technology solutions.