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AWS Storage Classes Explained

Posted by QuoteColo on February 21, 2019 - Updated on January 14, 2022

AWS Storage Classes Explained

One of the areas that can sometimes be rather confusing with AWS is when it comes to their storage classes and what they all mean. The goal of this article will be to look at the prominent options for storage with AWS and to get a better idea of what they mean and which one might be right for your needs.

Amazon S3

This option, Amazon Simple Storage Service, or Amazon S3, tends to be the simplest and easiest to understand option. With this option, you will find that it can be a good choice for those who need to host website images and videos, as well as data analytics, and mobile and web applications. This is object storage, and the data is stored, as the name suggests, as objects. They are stored in their native format. There is no hierarchal relationship with these types of files. They can be distributed across various machines. Additionally, it is possible to access them from anywhere that has a connection to the Internet. It also tends to be the cheapest option.

Amazon EBS

Another storage class is Amazon Elastic Block Store, or EBS. This provides persistent block level storage that can be used with Amazon EC2 instances in the cloud. Each of these volumes is replicated in its Availability Zone automatically. This will help to make sure that the data you store is safe from failure of components. In addition, it is a more durable solution and it offers high availability. They are consistent and they tend to have low latency, which makes working easier. Another one of the nice benefits of this that it is possible to scale your usage up and down quickly and easily. In fact, it typically only takes a minute to scale, and you will only pay for what you are using.

Amazon EFS

Amazon Elastic File System is a scalable and simple system that can work well with AWS alternatives, as well as resources on the premises. This particular system is set up so that it will scale on demand. It can scale without disrupting any applications that are running, and it can expand or shrink as needed easily. This is a shared system that can be useful for SaaS applications, as well as for content management systems. It is possible to use EFS with several EC2 instances simultaneously. This option also has low latency.

Which Is Best?

There is no fast answer that will work for everyone when it comes to the “best” storage options for AWS. The one that you should choose will depend on a range of factors, such as the size of your site and the amount of data that you need to store. For example, EFS tends to be a good option for those who have large amounts of data, such as from analytics for a large company. S3 tends to be a good option for many smaller and midsized businesses that have a smaller budget.


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