Amazon FSx for Windows File Server
Fully managed file storage built on Windows Server
Amazon FSx for Windows File Server provides fully managed, highly reliable file storage that is accessible over the industry-standard Service Message Block (SMB) protocol. It is built on Windows Server, delivering a wide range of administrative features such as user quotas, end-user file restore, and Microsoft Active Directory (AD) integration. It offers single-AZ and multi-AZ deployment options, fully managed backups, and encryption of data at rest and in transit. Amazon FSx file storage is accessible from Windows, Linux, and MacOS compute instances and devices running on AWS or on premises. You can optimize cost and performance for your workload needs with SSD and HDD storage options. Amazon FSx helps you lower TCO with data deduplication, reducing costs by up to 50-60% on your general-purpose file shares. It is easy to get started; there are no minimum commitments or upfront fees.
Built on Windows Server
By providing fully managed storage built on Windows Server, Amazon FSx provides a rich set of administrative features that include end-user file restore, user quotas, and Access Control Lists (ACLs). With Windows Server's native support for the SMB protocol, Windows-based applications have access to fully compatible shared file storage. Since SMB file shares can also be accessed from Linux and MacOS, any application or user can access the storage regardless of operating system.
Simple and fully managed
You no longer have to worry about setting up and provisioning file servers and storage volumes, replicating data, installing file server software updates and patches, managing failover and failback, and manually performing backups. In minutes, you can easily create a fully managed file system in a single AZ or across multiple AZs using the AWS Management Console, AWS CLI, or AWS SDK. Amazon FSx also provides automatic durable backups. Migrating file data into Amazon FSx is simple and fast with AWS DataSync.
Lowest cost SMB file storage in the cloud
With Amazon FSx, you get highly available and durable SMB file storage starting from $0.013 per GB-month. Data deduplication enables you to optimize costs even further by removing redundant data. Amazon FSx is fully managed, reducing the time and resources needed to manage your file storage. There are no minimum commitments or upfront fees. You can launch and delete file systems in minutes, making it easy to respond to changing business needs.
Fast and flexible performance
With Amazon FSx, you get fast performance with multiple GB/second throughput and hundreds of thousands of IOPS per file system, and consistent sub-millisecond latencies. Using DFS Namespaces, you can scale performance up to tens of gigabytes per second of throughput, with millions of IOPS, across hundreds of petabytes of data. Amazon FSx enables you to optimize cost/performance to meet your workload needs. You can choose between SSD and HDD storage types, and you can choose a throughput level that is independent of your file system size.
Secure and compliant
Amazon FSx provides multiple levels of security and compliance to help ensure your data is protected. Amazon FSx automatically encrypts your data at-rest and in-transit. Amazon FSx is designed to meet the highest security standards and it has been assessed to comply with ISO, PCI-DSS, SOC certifications, and is HIPAA eligible. Integration with AWS CloudTrail monitors and logs your API calls letting you see actions taken by users on your Amazon FSx resources. To control user access, Amazon FSx integrates with your on-premises Microsoft Active Directory (AD) as well as with AWS Microsoft Managed AD.
By supporting the SMB protocol, Amazon FSx can connect your file system to Amazon EC2, VMware Cloud on AWS, Amazon WorkSpaces, and Amazon AppStream 2.0 instances. Amazon FSx supports all Windows versions starting from Windows Server 2008 and Windows 7, as well as current versions of Linux and MacOS. Amazon FSx also supports on-premises access via AWS Direct Connect or AWS VPN, and access from multiple VPCs, accounts, and regions using VPC Peering or AWS Transit Gateway.
How it works
Many organizations have home directories and team shares. These organizations typically need shared access to common data sets with hundreds or thousands of users. You can use Amazon FSx for Windows File Server to create a file system that is accessible by up to hundreds of thousands of users, and establish permissions at the file or folder level. You can easily move existing home directory file shares to Amazon FSx using AWS DataSync.
Lift-and-shift Windows applications
Many Windows-based business-critical applications and workloads, such as ERP, CRM, and custom applications, require shared file storage provided by Windows-based file systems (NTFS) and use the SMB protocol. Amazon FSx is built on Windows Server and provides you with the compatabile Windows features and performance that your applications require from a file system. By providing fully managed Windows file storage with features like Microsoft AD integration and automatic backups, you can easily migrate your file-based applications to AWS.
Highly available Microsoft SQL Server deployments
SQL Server Failover Cluster Instances have been traditionally difficult to deploy and manage. With the multi-AZ file system option, Amazon FSx provides fully managed file storage that enables the high availability and durability that is required to run business-critical Microsoft SQL Server database workloads without the need for Enterprise licenses. Amazon FSx automatically handles the data replication and failover, simplifying shared storage to host your database deployments while reducing cost.
Media workflows like media transcoding, processing, and streaming often depend on shared file storage with consistent performance. Amazon FSx for Windows File Server provides you with a shared file system with the high throughput and low latencies these applications and workloads require.
Web serving and content management
Content management and web serving applications, like Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS) and WordPress, store and serve files for websites and internal portals. These applications use shared file storage because multiple web or content servers typically need access to the same files. Amazon FSx is ideal for these workloads because it provides a file system that can be accessed across thousands of instances simultaneously.
Data analytics applications consume a high volume of data from a variety of sources, and typically require access from tens to thousands of compute instances. By providing scalable file systems with high throughput and low latencies, Amazon FSx enables you to run data-intensive analytics workloads including business intelligence and data visualization applications.
“We’re committed to rapidly modernizing our applications and minimizing our data center infrastructure and we are excited to see AWS’ continued commitment to Windows. Enhancing customer experiences through Windows applications built on AWS gives us scale and full IT cost transparency, which is not possible without moving Windows file server clusters out of our datacenters. No other cloud file storage offering provides the full Windows compatibility and performance of FSx for Windows File Server. Amazon FSx is a game changer.”
Mark Gogel - T. Rowe Price
"Amazon FSx for Windows File Server delivers a highly available, high performance Windows file system that integrates seamlessly with our application automation framework. With Amazon FSx we have a managed solution that eliminates the need for us to manage the tasks associated with operating file storage, including performing backups and applying software patches. We have reduced our costs by 50% and improved performance by as much as 80% compared to our previous on-premises provider. This allows us to focus on our core business – delivering great business software to our customers. It checks all the boxes."
Greg Bell - Infor
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