Cloud storage is a critical component of cloud computing, holding the information used by applications. Big data analytics, data warehouses, Internet of Things, databases, and backup and archive applications all rely on some form of data storage architecture. Cloud storage is typically more reliable, scalable, and secure than traditional on-premises storage systems.

Cloud Storage Service

  • Amazon Elastic Block Store (Amazon EBS) provides highly available, consistent, low-latency block storage for Amazon EC2. It helps you tune applications with the right storage capacity, performance and cost.

EBS is designed for workloads that require persistent storage accessible by single EC2 instances.

  • Amazon Elastic File System (Amazon EFS) provides a simple, scalable, elastic file system for Linux-based workloads for use with AWS Cloud services and on-premises resources. It is built to scale on demand to petabytes without disrupting applications, growing and shrinking automatically as you add and remove files, so your applications have the storage they need – when they need it. It is designed to provide massively parallel shared access to thousands of Amazon EC2 instances, enabling your applications to achieve high levels of aggregate throughput and IOPS with consistent low latencies.
  • Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) is object storage designed to store and access any type of data over the Internet.

It is secure, 99.999999999% durable, and scales past tens of trillions of objects. S3 is used for backup and recovery, tiered archive, user-driven content (like photos, videos, music and files), data lakes for Big Data analytics and data warehouse platforms, or as a foundation for serverless computing design.

  • Amazon S3 Glacier and S3 Glacier Deep Archive are secure, durable, and extremely low-cost Amazon S3 cloud storage classes for data archiving and long-term backup.

S3 Glacier and S3 Deep Archive are solutions for customers who want low-cost storage for infrequently accessed data. It can replace tape for media and entertainment applications and assist with compliance in highly regulated organizations like healthcare, life science, and financial services.