Amazon Tiering

AWS_highlight-1What is Amazon Tiering?

Amazon Web Services (AWS) offers several storage services that support data tiering based on different storage classes. These data storage classes allow customers to optimize their storage costs and performance by choosing the most suitable option for their data based on its access patterns and durability requirements.

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AWS Storage Tiering Options

Amazon S3 Storage Classes: Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) provides multiple storage classes to accommodate different data access patterns and cost requirements:

  • Standard: This is the default storage class for S3 and offers high durability, availability, and performance for frequently accessed data.
  • Intelligent-Tiering: This storage class automatically moves objects between two access tiers (frequent access and infrequent access) based on their usage patterns. It optimizes costs by automatically transitioning objects to the most cost-effective tier.
  • Standard-IA (Infrequent Access): This storage class is suitable for data that is accessed less frequently but still requires rapid access when needed. It offers lower storage costs compared to the Standard class.
  • One Zone-IA: Similar to Standard-IA, but the data is stored in a single Availability Zone, which provides a lower-cost option for customers who don’t require data redundancy across multiple zones.
  • Glacier, Glacier IT and Glacier Deep Archive: These storage classes are designed for long-term archival and data retention. Data stored in Amazon S3 Glacier is accessible within minutes to hours, while Glacier Deep Archive is for data with retrieval times of 12 hours or more.

Amazon EBS Volume Types: Amazon Elastic Block Store (EBS) provides different volume types for block storage in AWS. While not strictly tiering, these volume types offer varying performance characteristics and costs:

  • General Purpose SSD (gp2): This is the default EBS volume type and provides a balance of price and performance for a wide range of workloads.
  • Provisioned IOPS SSD (io1/io2): These volume types are designed for applications that require high I/O performance and consistent low-latency access to data.
  • Throughput Optimized HDD (st1): This volume type offers low-cost storage optimized for large, sequential workloads that require high throughput.
  • Cold HDD (sc1): This volume type provides the lowest-cost storage for infrequently accessed workloads with large amounts of data.

Amazon S3 Glacier and Glacier Deep Archive: These are the storage classes within Amazon S3 designed specifically for long-term data archival and retention. The retrieval times are longer compared to other storage classes, but they offer significantly lower storage costs for data that is rarely accessed.

Amazon tiering options are designed to help AWS customers effectively manage their data storage costs and performance based on the specific requirements of their workloads and data access patterns.

Komprise Intelligent Data Management for AWS

Komprise is an AWS Migration and Modernization competency partner, working closely with AWS teams to follow best practices and support cloud data storage services including Amazon EFS, Amazon FSx and Amazon S3 (including Amazon S3 Glacier Flexible Retrieval and Glacier Instant Retrieval storage classes). The Komprise analytics-driven SaaS platform allows customers to analyze, mobilize and manage their file and object data using AWS allowing enterprise customers to:

  • Understand AWS NAS & Object Data Usage and Growth
  • Estimate ROI of AWS Data Storage
  • Migrate Smarter to Amazon FSx for NetApp ONTAP
  • Easily Integrate AWS Data Lifecycle Management
  • Access Moved Data as Files Without Stubs or Agents
  • Gain Native Data Access in the AWS Cloud Without Storage Vendor Lock-In
  • Rapidly Migrate Object Data Into AWS Storage
  • Reduce AWS Unstructured Data Complexity
  • Scale On-Demand with Modern, SaaS Architecture


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