Data Management Glossary
What is AWS Cloud Storage?
The AWS cloud service has a full range of options for individuals and enterprises to store, access and analyze data. AWS offers options across all three types of cloud data storage object storage, file storage and block storage.
Here are the Amazon Storage / AWS Storage choices:
- Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3): S3 is a popular AWS service that provides scalable and highly durable object storage in the cloud.
- AWS Glacier: Glacier provides low-cost highly durable archive storage in the cloud. It’s best for cold data as access times can be slow.
- Amazon Elastic File System (Amazon EFS): EFS provides scalable network file storage for Amazon EC2 instances.
- Amazon Elastic Block Store (Amazon EBS): This service provides low-latency block storage volumes for Amazon EC2 instances.
- Amazon EC2 Instance Storage. An instance store is ideal for temporary storage of information that changes frequently, such as buffers, caches and scratch data, and consists of one or more instance store volumes exposed as block devices.
- AWS Storage Gateway. This is a hybrid storage option that integrates on-premises storage with cloud storage. It can be hosted on a physical or virtual server.
- AWS Snowball. This data migration service transports large amounts of data to and from the cloud and includes an appliance that’s installed in the on-premises data center.
Each of these Amazon storage classes has several tiers at different price points – so it is important to put the right data in the right storage class at the right time to optimize price and performance.
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