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AWS Storage Gateway in 2020 – year in review

As 2020 draws to a close, we’ve shared several new launches and use cases with our customers and partners during the recent AWS Storage Day and re:Invent 2020 events. Tens of thousands of customers around the world are using AWS Storage Gateway to bridge between their on-premises applications and AWS Storage. Based on ongoing feedback and roadmap discussions, we have been busy enhancing the service to meet customer requirements.

Since January, we’ve launched 20 new features across all AWS Storage Gateway types (File Gateway, Tape Gateway, Volume Gateway), improving performance, scalability, security, and ease of management. While backup and archiving remain popular use cases for Storage Gateway, customers are increasingly using Storage Gateway for additional hybrid use cases. These include providing on-premises file shares backed by cloud storage, and distributed access to data in AWS for data pipelines. We look forward to learning more about customers’ hybrid cloud needs as we continue to expand the Storage Gateway service in 2021.

Looking back at 2020, I wanted to review all the new features we’ve launched, and share examples of how these features are helping our customers access AWS Storage in their data centers, remote office locations, and at the edge using Storage Gateway.

What is AWS Storage Gateway?

AWS Storage Gateway provides on-premises access to virtually unlimited cloud storage. The service supports standard storage protocols such as NFS, SMB, iSCSI, and iSCSI-VTL, so existing applications can use AWS Storage without any changes.

Storage Gateway provides a local, on-premises cache that delivers low latencies for frequently accessed data and optimizes data transfers to AWS. Gateways are managed through AWS using the AWS Management Console, CLI, and SDK, in the same way you manage other AWS services. Storage Gateway integrates with AWS services such as AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM), Amazon CloudWatch, and AWS CloudTrail, enabling secure access to AWS services, easy management and monitoring, and tracking of user activity on AWS resources.

AWS Storage Gateway enhancements in 2020

Storage Gateway already provides capabilities to meet the hybrid cloud storage needs of the most demanding enterprise customers across all industries. These include access to virtually unlimited storage in AWS through an on-premises storage cache, high availability for VMware vSphere deployments, data encryption in transit and at rest, and 99.999999999% durability of data in Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3).

In 2020, we focused on addressing customers’ requirements for larger-scale, more demanding, and compliant hybrid workloads, in addition to further simplifying management and ease of use for customers at all stages of cloud adoption:

Increased performance and scalability

Enhanced security and compliance

Simplified management and ease-of-use

Expanded deployment options and availability to new AWS Regions

AWS Storage Gateway 2020 Momentum: 20 launches this year for performance/scale, security/compliance, and Management/deployment

How are customers using AWS Storage Gateway?

Customers in all stages of their AWS journey are using AWS Storage Gateway. Storage Gateway accelerates their cloud adoption, whether they are just starting to use the cloud, are in the process of migrating to the cloud with applications and data both on premises and in the cloud, or have moved to AWS but need on-premises access to data in the cloud.

Storage Gateway offers an easy way for customers to start using AWS, since they can use it to move their on-premises backups and archival data to AWS. This allows them to free up on-premises storage, while storing data durably in AWS. Often Storage Gateway is the first AWS service that customers use, as we highlighted in our video and blog, “Cloud storage in minutes with AWS Storage Gateway.”

Customers using Storage Gateway for backup and archival use cases include Ryanair using Tape Gateway, Kellogg’s using File Gateway for database backups, and STEMCELL using Volume Gateway.

Then there are customers that are moving to the cloud and want to minimize their on-premises storage footprint, but often need on-premises access to storage for their existing applications. These customers use Storage Gateway as a way to replace on-premises storage with cloud-backed storage, which allows their existing applications to operate without changes, while still getting the benefits of storing and processing this data in AWS.

Customers using Storage Gateway for on-premises access to cloud storage in AWS include CME Group and Moderna Therapeutics. Both are using File Gateway to move data to AWS for processing by their cloud-based applications and provide their on-premises teams with low latency access to data stored in AWS.

Finally, customers that have data in the cloud, such as content repositories or media archives, often want to distribute it to multiple office and edge locations. They need to create business workflows that capture data from source systems at the edge, perform in-cloud processing and analytics, and provide access to end users in distributed locations. Customers using Storage Gateway as part of their data pipelines for processing data include Bristol Myers Squibb and Gritstone Oncology. These customers use File Gateway as a way to distribute and share data in AWS.

Hybrid cloud storage use cases for all stages of your cloud adoption journey

To learn more, watch the recent Storage Gateway sessions from this year’s AWS Storage Day and re:Invent virtual events:

To get started using AWS Storage Gateway today, visit the Storage Gateway console. The Storage Gateway service team looks forward to working with you in 2021 to continue to enhance the service, and address your existing and emerging hybrid and edge cloud storage needs. Thank you for reading and let us know if you have any comments on the blog or requests for new features.