Store and access objects in Amazon S3 from NFS or SMB file-based applications with local caching
Nearly all enterprises, regardless of industry, have to store files, whether they are backups, media content, or files generated by specialized industry applications. Managing and scaling on-premises infrastructure to provide online storage and distribution of such backup or content files is often burdensome and costly, requiring expensive hardware refreshes, data center expansion, and software licensing. These large file data repositories can be siloed in specialized file servers, NAS units, or backup systems, limiting access for big data analytics or media processing applications.
File Gateway provides a seamless way to connect to the cloud in order to store application data files and backup images as durable objects in Amazon S3 cloud storage. File Gateway offers SMB or NFS-based access to data in Amazon S3 with local caching. It can be used for on-premises applications, and for Amazon EC2-based applications that need file protocol access to S3 object storage.
How it works
On-Premises Backups to the Cloud
Move database and file backups into the cloud and free up on-premises storage capacity. Many organizations start their cloud journey by moving secondary and tertiary data, such as backups, to the cloud. File Gateway’s SMB and NFS interfaces provide an ideal way for you to simplify your backup jobs from existing on-premises backup systems to the cloud. Backup applications, native database tools, or scripts that can write to SMB or NFS can all write to the File Gateway. With an adequately sized local cache, recent backups can be used for fast on-site recoveries, while long-term retention needs are addressed by tiering backups to low-cost S3 storage classes, like S3 Standard, S3 Infrequent Access, S3 Glacier, and S3 Glacier Deep Archive.