AWS Cloud Storage

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Cloud storage is a critical component of cloud computing, holding the information used by applications. Big data analytics, data warehouses, Internet of Things, databases, and backup and archive applications all rely on some form of data storage architecture. Cloud storage is typically more reliable, scalable, and secure than traditional on-premises storage systems.

AWS offers a complete range of cloud storage services to support both application and archival compliance requirements. Select from object, file, and block storage services as well as cloud data migration options to start designing the foundation of your cloud IT environment.

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AWS Storage Portfolio Overview

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If You Need:
Consider Using:
Persistent local storage for Amazon EC2, for relational and NoSQL databases, data warehousing, enterprise applications, Big Data processing, or backup and recovery Amazon Elastic Block Storage
(Amazon EBS)
A file system interface and file system access semantics to make data available to one or more EC2 instances, for content serving, enterprise applications, media processing workflows, Big Data storage or backup and recovery
Amazon Elastic File System
(Amazon EFS)
A scalable, durable platform to make data accessible from any Internet location, for user-generated content, active archive, serverless computing, Big Data storage or backup and recovery Amazon Simple Storage Service
(Amazon S3)
Highly affordable long-term storage that can replace tape for archive and regulatory compliance
Amazon Glacier
A hybrid storage cloud augmenting your on-premises environment with Amazon cloud storage, for bursting, tiering or migration AWS Storage Gateway
A portfolio of services to help simplify and accelerate moving data of all types and sizes into and out of the AWS cloud
Cloud Data Migration Services

Amazon Elastic Block Storage (Amazon EBS) provides highly available, consistent, low-latency block storage for Amazon EC2. It helps you tune applications with the right storage capacity, performance and cost.

EBS is designed for workloads that require persistent storage accessible by single EC2 instances. Typical use cases include relational and NoSQL databases (like Microsoft SQL Server and MySQL or Cassandra and MongoDB), Big Data analytics engines (like the Hadoop/HDFS ecosystem and Amazon EMR), stream and log processing applications (like Kafka and Splunk), and data warehousing applications (like Vertica and Teradata).

For more information visit the Amazon EBS page.


Amazon Elastic File System (Amazon EFS) provides simple, scalable file storage for use with Amazon EC2 instances in the AWS Cloud.

It delivers a file system interface with standard file system access semantics for Amazon EC2 instances. EFS grows and shrinks capacity automatically, and provides high throughput with consistently low latencies. EFS is designed for high availability and durability, and provides performance for a broad spectrum of workloads and applications, including Big Data and analytics, media processing workflows, content management, web serving, container storage, and home directories.

For more information visit the Amazon EFS page.


Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) is object storage designed to store and access any type of data over the Internet.

It is secure, 99.999999999% durable, and scales past tens of trillions of objects. S3 is used for backup and recovery, tiered archive, user-driven content (like photos, videos, music and files), data lakes for Big Data analytics and data warehouse platforms, or as a foundation for serverless computing design.

For more information, visit the Amazon S3 page.  


Amazon Glacier is an extremely low-cost and highly durable object storage service for long-term backup and archive of any type of data.  

Glacier is a solution for customers who want low-cost storage for infrequently accessed data. It can replace tape for media and entertainment applications, and assist with compliance in highly regulated organizations like healthcare, life science, and financial services.

For more information visit the Amazon Glacier page.


The AWS Storage Gateway is a software appliance that seamlessly links your on-premises environment to Amazon cloud storage.

It offers local storage with highly optimized connectivity to AWS Cloud storage, and helps with backup, cloud bursting and storage tiering use cases. Replace tape automation without disrupting existing processes, supplement on-premises workloads with storage capacity on demand, or augment existing on-premises storage investments with a cloud tier.

For more information visit the AWS Storage Gateway page.


Amazon offers a portfolio of data transfer services to migrate data into and out of the AWS cloud.

These services help you do things like securely and quickly move multi-petabyte archives, accelerate network transfers with existing infrastructure, and capture continuous streaming data from multiple sources.  

For more information visit the Cloud Data Migration page.

AWS Marketplace sellers offer hundreds of industry-leading products that are equivalent, identical to, or integrate with existing storage products in your on-premises environments. These offerings complement the existing AWS services to enable you to deploy a comprehensive storage architecture and a more seamless experience across your cloud and on-premises environments.

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