Understanding AWS Cloud Storage Options Part 2
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In this second part of the series, we will go over the many types of cloud storage options that Amazon offers and the benefits of each. As of now, they offer Amazon S3, AWS, Glacier and EBS.

AWS S3 (Amazon Simple Storage Service)

Amazon S3 is a cloud-based storage program used by developers to access data quickly and effectively. This system is secure, scalable and inexpensive. According to Amazon, they use S3 to run their entire network of websites. This solution offers a Reduced Redundancy Storage (RRS) option that allows users to share reproduced content on the system or elsewhere. Amazon S3 boasts a 99.999999999% durability rate with 99.99%availability, so there is very little risk of downtime due to failures on the system.

AWS Pricing For Dummies

The pricing for Amazon S3 is a little difficult to understand when you’re just reading it in passing. This is because the system doesn’t offer a single flat rate price. The price is based on what you use and the location of the Amazon bucket. To calculate what you want to pay, use the AWS Simple Monthly Calculator. Here, you will enter the Elastic IP data, Data Transfer info and Elastic Load Balancing information. Once you do, it will calculate how much storage you need and price you accordingly. For more infomation on S3 pricing see our S3 pricing explained post

Amazon Glacier

Amazon Glacier is another affordable storage option offered by Amazon. This flexible solution is best for those who need periodic access to their data. Amazon Glacier offers a large amount of storage for its customers at just $0.01 per GB per month, according to Amazon. This keeps companies from paying for the space that they aren’t using for data archiving. Customers who choose to use Amazon Glacier enjoy low costs, no upfront fees, SSL and AES security, a 99.999999999% durability rate with no downtime and scalable options.

Amazon Elastic Block Store

EBS is both flexible and cost efective. Amazon EBS protects users from competent failure by replicating its volume within the Availability Zone. It also offers flexible scalability options, allowing users to change the amount of storage they need within minutes. According to Amazon, Amazon EBS allows users to backup data for long-term durability by taking frequent snapshots of EBS volumes. Although there is a free tier, the pricing for other tiers are flexible as they charge only for what you use.

Getting Your Data Into The Cloud

Getting Your Data Into The Cloud

There are many options for getting your information into the cloud. One of these options is the AWS Storage Gateway. The AWS Storage Gateway links information from your premise-based software application to the cloud solution. It transfers the information automatically and seamlessly without interrupting any other processes. This particular solution can be offered as a Gateway Virtual Tape Library (Like Amazon Glacier) or as a Volume Gateway (like Amazon S3).

Another option is to use AWS Import/Export. This system rapidly transfers large volumes of data to and from AWS portable devices. Since it utilizes Amazon’s network and not the premise’s, the transfer is completed much faster. This eliminates the need to upgrade to a faster service provider. Most people use this option to send and store data. It’s also used as part of many businesses Disaster Recovery Plans.

As you can see, Amazon offers a wide variety of data storage options for businesses. Some of these options are scalable, others aren’t, but for the most part all of these options are affordable and scalable. Whether you choose to go with Glacier, S3 or EBS you will benefit from great storage space, a nearly 100% uptime and fast connectivity.

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