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Explore the Latest Advancements in AWS Storage Solutions

Amazon Web Services (AWS) continually evolves its suite of storage solutions to meet the ever-changing needs of businesses and individuals. These solutions empower users to store, manage, and access data seamlessly, making AWS a prominent player in the world of cloud storage. This article explores some of the latest developments and enhancements in AWS storage offerings, designed to deliver greater flexibility, efficiency, and user performance.

22 Sep 2023

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    AWS Storage Solutions

    AWS offers a comprehensive array of storage solutions tailored to specific use cases and demands. These include Amazon S3, Amazon EBS, Amazon EFS, Amazon Glacier, AWS Storage Gateway, Amazon FSx, and the AWS Snow Family. Each service is designed to address storage needs, from simple data storage to high-performance file systems and large-scale data transfer.

    Here are some of the key storage solutions provided by AWS:

    Amazon S3 (Simple Storage Service):

  • Object storage service for storing and retrieving large amounts of data.
  • Highly scalable, durable, and cost-effective.
  • Supports various storage classes for different use cases, including S3 Standard, S3 Intelligent-Tiering, S3 One Zone-IA, S3 Glacier, and more.
  • Suitable for data lakes, backups, static website hosting, and more.
  • Amazon EBS (Elastic Block Store):

  • Provides block-level storage volumes that can be attached to Amazon EC2 instances.
  • Supports different volume types, including General Purpose (SSD), Provisioned IOPS (SSD), Cold HDD, and Throughput Optimized HDD.
  • Used for running databases, applications, and workloads that require low-latency storage.
  • Amazon EFS (Elastic File System):

  • Manages file storage service that can be mounted to multiple EC2 instances.
  • Supports NFS (Network File System) protocol.
  • Ideal for shared file storage, content management, and data backup.
  • Amazon Glacier:

  • Low-cost archival storage service for data that is rarely accessed.
  • Suitable for long-term data retention and compliance requirements.
  • AWS Storage Gateway:

  • A hybrid cloud storage service that connects on-premises environments with cloud storage.
  • Supports file, volume, and tape gateways.
  • Amazon FSx:

  • Managed file storage for Windows (Amazon FSx for Windows File Server) and Lustre (Amazon FSx for Lustre) file systems.
  • AWS Snow Family:

  • A range of physical devices for transferring large amounts of data into and out of AWS when network transfer is impractical.
  • Latest Developments in AWS Storage Services

    Over the past two quarters, AWS has introduced several exciting enhancements to its storage services, offering users greater flexibility and efficiency in managing their data. Let’s delve into these notable updates:

    AWS Backup’s Local Time Zone Support

    AWS Backup is a fully managed service that simplifies data protection across AWS services and hybrid workloads. The latest enhancement allows users to select their local time zone when creating or modifying backup plans. This eliminates the need for manual time zone conversions from UTC, making backup scheduling more user-friendly and convenient.

    Amazon S3’s Multivalue Answer for DNS Queries

    Amazon S3 now offers Multivalue Answer (MVA) support for responding to DNS queries for S3 endpoints. With MVA, users can obtain up to eight S3 IP addresses per DNS query. This feature enables the automatic establishment of multiple concurrent connections to S3, potentially boosting throughput significantly. Moreover, MVA enhances retry operation efficiency by allowing applications to automatically attempt an alternative IP address without waiting for another DNS query. These improvements give users more robust and efficient access to Amazon S3 services.

    General Availability of Mountpoint for Amazon S3

    AWS has announced the general availability of Mountpoint for Amazon S3, an open-source file client that offers high-throughput access to Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3). This innovation reduces processing times and compute costs for data lake applications. Mountpoint for Amazon S3 acts as a file client that translates local file system API calls into S3 object API calls, including GET and PUT operations.

    This feature is particularly valuable for workloads involving reading large datasets, ranging from terabytes to petabytes in size, and requiring the scalability and high throughput offered by Amazon S3. Use cases include machine learning training, reprocessing, autonomous vehicle data processing validation, and more. It supports sequential and random read operations on existing files and sequential write operations for creating new files. These capabilities enhance the efficiency of processing large-scale data stored in Amazon S3, making it a valuable tool for data-intensive applications.

    Amazon S3 Glacier Flexible Retrieval Enhancements

    Amazon S3 Glacier Flexible Retrieval has significantly improved data restore times, reducing them by up to 85%, and this improvement comes at no additional cost. These faster data restores are automatically applied to the Standard retrieval tier when Amazon S3 Batch Operations are used. Objects begin to be returned within minutes of initiating the restore process, facilitating quicker processing of restored data.

    This enhancement benefits various tasks, such as transcoding media, restoring operational backups, training machine learning models, and analysing historical data. Leveraging S3 Batch Operations, archived data can be efficiently restored on a large scale by showing the objects to be retrieved and specifying the retrieval tier. The Standard retrieval tier now initiates restoring things within minutes, a substantial improvement compared to the previous 3–5 hour wait time. Overall restore throughput is also enhanced, thanks to new performance optimisations, enabling faster data workflows and quicker responses to business requirements.

    AWS Backup Audit Manager’s Delegated Backup Administrator Support

    With AWS Organizations, the delegation of backup management has been expanded beyond the management account to dedicated administration accounts. This means that delegated administrators can now assume backup management responsibilities. As part of this launch, delegated backup administrators can centralise report generation and management on a large scale through AWS Backup Audit Manager. This feature is designed for auditing and reporting on data protection posture compliance.

    Project Quotas Support in Amazon FSx for Lustre

    Amazon FSx for Lustre, a fully managed service for high-performance file systems, now supports project quotas. This update allows users to easily group multiple files or directories within the file system into distinct projects and monitor storage usage per-project basis. Project quotas are particularly valuable for storage administrators responsible for managing file systems serving multiple projects or teams. This feature ensures no project exceeds its designated storage capacity, helping maintain effective resource allocation and control within the file system.

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    AWS’s commitment to innovation ensures that its storage solutions will remain at the forefront of the industry, providing users with the cutting-edge tools and capabilities required to thrive in the digital age. Embrace AWS storage solutions’ possibilities and stay ahead in your data management endeavours.