Save up to 92% on file storage

Maximizing operational efficiency and reducing total cost of ownership are common drivers for moving business applications to the cloud.

Amazon Elastic File System (Amazon EFS) provides a simple, serverless, set-and-forget elastic file system for use with AWS Cloud services and on-premises resources. Amazon EFS Standard-Infrequent Access (EFS Standard-IA) and Amazon EFS One Zone-Infrequent Access (EFS One Zone-IA) are storage classes that provide price/performance that is cost-optimized for files not accessed every day, with storage prices up to 92% lower compared to Amazon EFS Standard (EFS Standard) and Amazon EFS One Zone (EFS One Zone) storage classes respectively. The EFS Standard-IA storage class costs only $0.025/GB-month1, and the EFS One Zone-IA storage class costs only $0.0133/GB-month2.

Using the industry accepted estimate that 20% of data is actively used and 80% is infrequently accessed, you can store your files on EFS at an effective price of $0.043/GB-month (20% $0.16/GB-month1 for files stored on EFS One Zone + 80% $0.0133/GB-month1 for files stored on EFS One Zone-IA = $0.043/GB-month)1, or an effective price of $0.08/GB-month (20% $0.30/GB-month2 for files stored on EFS Standard + 80% $0.025/GB-month2 for files stored on to EFS Standard-IA storage class = $0.08/GB-month)2.

To get started with Infrequent Access storage classes, simply enable Amazon EFS Lifecycle Management for your file system by selecting a lifecycle policy that matches your needs. Amazon EFS will automatically and transparently move your files to lower cost regional EFS Standard-IA storage class or EFS One Zone-IA storage class based on the last time they were accessed. Amazon EFS transparently serves files from both frequently accessed (such as EFS Standard and EFS One Zone) and infrequent access (such as EFS Standard-IA and EFS One Zone-IA) storage classes from a common file system namespace, so you don't have to worry about which of your files are actively used and which are infrequently accessed.

1pricing in US East (N. Virginia) region, assumes 80% of your storage in EFS One Zone-IA
2pricing in US East (N. Virginia) region, assumes 80% of your storage in EFS Standard-IA

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How it works

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  1. Create file system
  2. Choose Lifecycle Management file access policy (7, 14, 30, 60, or 90 days) using the AWS CLI, API, or Amazon EFS Management Console
  3. Files not accessed according to the age-off policy are moved to the EFS Standard-IA or EFS One Zone-IA storage class, depending on whether your file system uses Standard or One Zone storage classes.

Use Cases for Infrequent Access Storage

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Backup & Recovery

EFS Standard-IA and EFS One Zone-IA storage classes cost effectively store file data, with industry-leading availability, security and durability enabling you to meet regulatory retention and compliance needs so your backups are protected and available when needed.

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Analytics

Managing massive volumes of big data analytics can be costly and complex for workloads like genomics and geospatial applications. EFS Standard-IA and EFS One Zone-IA storage classes cost-effectively store large amounts of data while providing the same throughput used to scale applications with files stored in EFS Standard and EFS One Zone storage classes.

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Document Management

Many reporting systems for business applications rely on accessible shared file storage in support of business functions. With EFS Standard-IA and EFS One Zone-IA storage classes, you can easily and cost-effectively store and access files from shared file systems, eliminating the need to manage data to control costs.

Resources

Blogs


Lower your Amazon EFS costs by 47% with One Zone storage classes

Amazon EFS One Zone storage classes are cost-optimized for workloads that do not require the level of availability and durability offered by Amazon EFS Standard storage classes, which store data redundantly across multiple geographically separated Availability Zones.

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Scalable, cloud-native file storage at pennies per GB-month with Amazon EFS

Tens of thousands of customers including T-Mobile, MicroStrategy, HERE, and LoanLogics are storing up to petabytes of data in Amazon EFS, to power use cases such as enterprise applications, large scale analytics, and persistent file storage for modern applications.

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Webinars


Disrupting the Economics of File Storage with Amazon EFS One Zone Storage Classes

In this AWS Tech Talk, learn about two Amazon EFS One Zone storage classes that are disrupting the economics of cloud file storage, and paving the way for workloads previously thought to be better served as self-managed file systems. 

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Reduce File Storage TCO

In this AWS Tech Talk, learn about key use cases for running file-based applications on AWS, common migration approaches for moving your file servers to the AWS Cloud, and AWS file storage capabilities to improve scalability.

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Podcasts and Whitepapers


Official AWS Podcast: Amazon EFS One Zone

Explore what Amazon EFS One Zone is, who it’s for, use cases, and how to reduce storage costs by 47% compared to Amazon EFS Standard storage classes, while getting the same features and benefits.

Listen to the podcast »

Load, Store, and Protect Linux-based NFS Workloads in AWS

In this cloud migration guide, learn about moving Linux-based applications that require Network File System (NFS) storage, and how to use Amazon EFS Infrequent Access (EFS IA).

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