Step 1: Create your Amazon FSx for Lustre file system - FSx for Lustre

Step 1: Create your Amazon FSx for Lustre file system

Next, you create your file system in the console.

To create your file system

  1. Open the Amazon FSx console at

  2. From the dashboard, choose Create file system to start the file system creation wizard.

  3. Choose FSx for Lustre and then choose Next to display the Create File System page.

  4. Provide the information in the File system details section:

    • For File system name-optional, provide a name for your file system. You can use up to 256 Unicode letters, white space, and numbers plus the special characters + - = . _ : /.

    • For Deployment and storage type, choose one of the options:

      SSD storage provides low-latency, IOPS-intensive workloads that typically have small, random file operations. HDD storage provides throughput-intensive workloads that typically have large, sequential file operations.

      For more information about storage types, see Multiple storage options.

      For more information about deployment types, see Deployment options for FSx for Lustre file systems.

      For more information about the AWS Regions where encrypting data in transit is available, see Encrypting data in transit.

      • Choose the Persistent, SSD deployment type for longer-term storage and for latency-sensitive workloads requiring the highest levels of IOPS/throughput. The file servers are highly available, data is automatically replicated within the file system's Availability Zone, and this type supports encrypting data in transit. Persistent, SSD uses Persistent 2, the latest-generation of persistent file systems.

      • Choose the Persistent, HDD deployment type for longer-term storage and for throughput-focused workloads that aren't latency-sensitive. The file servers are highly available, data is automatically replicated within the file system's Availability Zone, and this type supports encrypting data in transit. Persistent, HDD uses the Persistent 1 deployment type.

        Choose with SSD cache to create an SSD cache that is sized to 20 percent of your HDD storage capacity to provide sub-millisecond latencies and higher IOPS for frequently accessed files.

      • Choose the Scratch, SSD deployment type for temporary storage and shorter-term processing of data. Scratch, SSD uses Scratch 2 file systems, and offers in-transit encryption of data.

    • Choose the amount of Throughput per unit of storage that you want for your file system. This option is only valid for Persistent deployment types.

      Throughput per unit of storage is the amount of read and write throughput for each 1 tebibyte (TiB) of storage provisioned, in MB/s/TiB. You pay for the amount of throughput that you provision:

      • For Persistent SSD storage, choose a value of either 125, 250, 500, or 1,000 MB/s/TiB.

      • For Persistent HDD storage, choose a value of 12 or 40 MB/s/TiB.

      For more information about throughput per unit storage and file system performance, see Aggregate file system performance.

    • For Storage capacity, set the amount of storage capacity for your file system, in TiB:

      • For a Persistent, SSD deployment type, set this to a value of 1.2 TiB, 2.4 TiB, or increments of 2.4 TiB.

      • For a Persistent, HDD deployment type, this value can be increments of 6.0 TiB for 12 MB/s/TiB file systems and increments of 1.8 TiB for 40 MB/s/TiB file systems.

      You can increase the amount of storage capacity as needed after you create the file system. For more information, see Managing storage and throughput capacity.

    • For Data compression type, choose NONE to turn off data compression or choose LZ4 to turn on data compression with the LZ4 algorithm. For more information, see Lustre data compression.

    All FSx for Lustre file systems are built on Lustre version 2.12 when created using the Amazon FSx console.

            File system details section of the FSx for Lustre Create sile system console page.
  5. In the Network & security section, provide the following networking and security group information:

    • For Virtual Private Cloud (VPC), choose the VPC that you want to associate with your file system. For this getting started exercise, choose the same VPC that you chose for your Amazon EC2 instance.

    • For VPC security groups, the ID for the default security group for your VPC should be already added. If you're not using the default security group, make sure that the following inbound rule is added to the security group you're using for this getting started exercise.

      Type Protocol Port range Source Description
      All TCP TCP 0-65535 Custom the_ID_of_this_security_group Inbound Lustre traffic rule

      The following screen capture shows an example of editing inbound rules.

                Inbound traffic rule on the default security group assigned to the
                  FSx for Lustre file system.

      Make sure that the security group you are using follows the configuration instructions in File System Access Control with Amazon VPC. You must set up the security group to allow inbound traffic on ports 988 and 1021-1023 from the security group itself or the full subnet CIDR, which is required to allow the file system hosts to communicate with each other.

    • For Subnet, choose any value from the list of available subnets.

  6. For the Encryption section, the options available vary depending upon which file system type you're creating:

    • For a persistent file system, you can choose an AWS Key Management Service (AWS KMS) encryption key to encrypt the data on your file system at rest.

    • For a scratch file system, data at rest is encrypted using keys managed by AWS.

    • For scratch 2 and persistent file systems, data in transit is encrypted automatically when the file system is accessed from a supported Amazon EC2 instance type. For more information, see Encrypting data in transit.

  7. For the Data Repository Import/Export - optional section, linking your file system to Amazon S3 data repositories is disabled by default. For information about enabling this option and creating a data repository association to an existing S3 bucket, see To link an S3 bucket while creating a file system (console).

    • Selecting this option also disables backups and you won't be able to enable backups while creating the file system.

    • If you link one or more Amazon FSx for Lustre file systems to an Amazon S3 bucket, don't delete the Amazon S3 bucket until all linked file systems have been deleted.

  8. For Logging - optional, logging is enabled by default. When enabled, failures and warnings for data repository activity on your file system are logged to Amazon CloudWatch Logs. For information about configuring logging, see Managing logging.

  9. In Backup and maintenance - optional, you can do the following.

    For daily automatic backups:

    • Disable the Daily automatic backup. This option is enabled by default, unless you enabled Data Repository Import/Export,.

    • Set the start time for Daily automatic backup window.

    • Set the Automatic backup retention period, from 1 - 35 days.

    For more information, see Working with backups.

  10. Set the Weekly maintenance window start time, or keep it set to the default No preference.

  11. Create any tags that you want to apply to your file system.

  12. Choose Next to display the Create file system summary page.

  13. Review the settings for your Amazon FSx for Lustre file system, and choose Create file system.

Now that you've created your file system, note its fully qualified domain name and mount name for a later step. You can find the fully qualified domain name and mount name for a file system by choosing the name of the file system in the Caches dashboard, and then choosing Attach.