Whitepaper: File Gateway for Hybrid Architectures - Overview and Best Practices

Organizations are looking for ways to reduce their physical data center footprints, particularly for secondary workloads such as backups, archives, end user files, or on-demand workloads. However, bridging access to data between data centers and the cloud comes with a unique set of challenges. Traditional applications in the data center commonly rely on standard storage protocols and network attached storage (NAS) for local storage. Cloud-native applications are generally optimized for API access to data in scalable and durable object storage, such as Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3).

This paper outlines the basic architecture and best practices for building hybrid cloud storage architectures using AWS Storage Gateway in a File Gateway configuration to address key use cases, such as cloud-backed file shares, backups, and on-premises access to data in Amazon S3. File Gateway gives customers on-premises access to virtually unlimited cloud storage, using a local virtual or physical appliance, with SMB or NFS file protocols. The local File Gateway appliance provides low-latency access to data in a local cache, and stores files as durable objects in Amazon S3.