Amazon has unveiled a fully managed cloud service designed to make it easier for customers to set up file storage in the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud that can be accessed by virtual machines and scaled up as required.
Available now, Amazon Elastic File System (Amazon EFS) is designed to support a broad range of file-oriented workloads, from big data analytics and media processing, to latency-sensitive use cases such as content management, home directory storage and web serving, the firm said.
Many workloads depend on having a shared Network Attached Storage (NAS), but the problem with a shared file system is that file growth is unpredictable and monitoring and patch management are administrative burdens, according to Amazon.
As ever, Amazon seeks to address these customer pain points with a cloud-based solution that is easy to procure and which can automatically expand capacity as the application requirements grow.
EFS can automatically scale without the user needing to provision extra storage or throughput, enabling file systems to grow to petabyte scale while supporting thousands of concurrent client connections with consistent performance, the firm said.
EFS complements Amazon's existing Elastic Block Store (Amazon EBS) and object-based Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) offerings, providing users with a range of flexible cloud-based storage services.
"As customers continue to move more and more of their IT infrastructure to AWS, they've asked for a shared file storage service with the elasticity, simplicity, scalability and on-demand pricing they enjoy with our existing Amazon S3, Amazon EBS and archive (Amazon Glacier) storage services," said Amazon's vice president for compute AWS services, Peter DeSantis.
When mounted to Amazon EC2 virtual machine instances, an Amazon EFS file system provides a standard file system interface and semantics using the Network File System protocol, allowing customers to seamlessly integrate Amazon EFS with existing applications and tools.
An Amazon EFS file system can burst to a data transfer rate of at least 100MBps, while file systems greater than 1TB in size can burst to higher throughput as file system capacity grows, Amazon claimed.
Amazon EFS is currently available to customers in the US East, US West and EU (Ireland) Regions and will expand to additional AWS Regions over the coming months.
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