Cloud Ready Storage Solutions
With cloud storage, there is no hardware to purchase, storage to provision,
or capital being used for "someday" scenarios. You can add or remove capacity
on demand, quickly change performance and retention characteristics, and only
pay for storage that you actually use.
Common Uses of Cloud Storage
Backup and Recovery
Backup and recovery is a critical part of ensuring data is protected and accessible, but keeping up with increasing capacity requirements can be a constant challenge. Cloud storage brings low cost, high durability, and extreme scale to backup and recovery solutions.
Test and Development
Test and development environments often requires separate, independent, and duplicate storage environments to be built out, managed, and decommissioned. In addition to the time required, the up-front capital costs required can be extensive.
Big Data and Data Lakes
Traditional on-premises storage solutions can be inconsistent in their cost, performance, and scalability — especially over time. Big data projects demand large-scale, affordable, highly available, and secure storage pools that are commonly referred to as data lakes.
Hybrid cloud storage means your data can be used on-premises and stored durably in AWS Cloud storage services. Once data is moved to AWS, you can apply AWS compute, machine learning, and big data analytics services to it. Additionally, you can leverage the full AWS portfolio of security and management services including AWS KMS, AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM), SNS workflows, Amazon CloudWatch and AWS CloudTrail.
AWS Storage Gateway caches data in the local VM or hardware gateway appliance, providing low-latency disk and network performance for your most active data, with optimized data transfers occurring to AWS Cloud storage tiers in the background. Users and applications continue to operate using a local storage model while you take advantage of a cloud back-end.
Compression, encryption and bandwidth management are built in. Storage Gateway manages local cache offloads to the cloud based on your desired performance parameters, so you can fine-tune the balance of latency and scale for your workloads. Only data that changes is transferred, so you can optimize your network bandwidth.
No disruptions required. Download and install the virtual machine or deploy the dedicated hardware appliance, select an interface and assign local cache capacity. The advanced networking and protocol support are all included, which means no clients to install, and no network and or firewall settings to tune. And the virtual appliance can run both on-premises as well as in Amazon EC2 to serve your in-cloud applications.
Cloud storage is delivered and billed on demand, so you always have just the right amount. Workloads can expand and contract, backup and archive storage can expand without up-front media costs, and you can provsion additional storage capacity without new hardware.
Durable and secure
Data stored through AWS Storage Gateway benefits from the durabilty and security embedded in AWS cloud storage services. Storage Management tools like versioning, cross-region replication, and lifecycle management policies can lower the cost of long-term archiving, simplify audit and compliance requirements, and safeguard all of your data, not just the parts kept on-premises. All data that Storage Gateway transfers to AWS is encrypted in transit, and encrypted at rest in AWS.