Storage options for your Amazon ECS tasks - Amazon Elastic Container Service

Storage options for your Amazon ECS tasks

Amazon ECS provides you with flexible, cost effective, and easy-to-use data storage options depending on your needs. Amazon ECS supports the following data volume options for containers:

Data volume Supported launch types Supported operating systems Storage persistence Use cases
Amazon Elastic Block Store (Amazon EBS) Fargate, Amazon EC2 Linux Can be persisted when attached to a standalone task. Ephemeral when attached to a task maintained by a service. Amazon EBS volumes provide cost-effective, durable, high-performance block storage for data-intensive containerized workloads. Common use cases include transactional workloads such as databases, virtual desktops and root volumes, and throughput intensive workloads such as log processing and ETL workloads. For more information, see Use Amazon EBS volumes with Amazon ECS.
Amazon Elastic File System (Amazon EFS) Fargate, Amazon EC2 Linux Persistent Amazon EFS volumes provide simple, scalable, and persistent shared file storage for use with your Amazon ECS tasks that grows and shrinks automatically as you add and remove files. Amazon EFS volumes support concurrency and are useful for containerized applications that scale horizontally and need storage functionalities like low latency, high throughput, and read-after-write consistency. Common use cases include workloads such as data analytics, media processing, content management, and web serving. For more information, see Use Amazon EFS volumes with Amazon ECS.
Amazon FSx for Windows File Server Amazon EC2 Windows Persistent FSx for Windows File Server volumes provide fully managed Windows file servers that you can use to provision your Windows tasks that need persistent, distributed, shared, and static file storage. Common use cases include .NET applications that might require local folders as persistent storage to save application outputs. Amazon FSx for Windows File Server offers a local folder in the container which allows for multiple containers to read-write on the same file system that's backed by a SMB Share. For more information, see Use FSx for Windows File Server volumes with Amazon ECS.
Docker volumes Amazon EC2 Windows, Linux Persistent Docker volumes are a feature of the Docker container runtime that allow containers to persist data by mounting a directory from the file system of the host. Docker volume drivers (also referred to as plugins) are used to integrate container volumes with external storage systems. Docker volumes can be managed by third-party drivers or by the built in local driver. Common use cases for Docker volumes include providing persistent data volumes or sharing volumes at different locations on different containers on the same container instance. For more information, see Use Docker volumes with Amazon ECS.
Bind mounts Fargate, Amazon EC2 Windows, Linux Ephemeral Bind mounts consist of a file or directory on the host, such as an Amazon EC2 instance or AWS Fargate, that is mounted onto a container. Common use cases for bind mounts include sharing a volume from a source container with other containers in the same task, or mounting a host volume or an empty volume in one or more containers. For more information, see Use bind mounts with Amazon ECS.