Introduction - AWS Storage Services Overview

Introduction

Amazon Web Services (AWS) provides low-cost data storage with high durability and availability. AWS offers storage choices for backup, archiving, and disaster recovery use cases and provides block, file, and object storage. In this whitepaper, we examine the following AWS Cloud storage services and features.

Service Description
Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) A service that provides scalable and highly durable object storage in the cloud.
Amazon S3 Glacier A service that provides low-cost highly durable archive storage in the cloud.
Amazon Elastic File System (Amazon EFS) A service that provides scalable network file storage for Amazon EC2 instances.
Amazon Elastic Block Store (Amazon EBS) A service that provides block storage volumes for Amazon EC2 instances.
Amazon EC2 Instance Storage Temporary block storage volumes for Amazon EC2 instances.
AWS Storage Gateway An on-premises storage appliance that integrates with cloud storage.
AWS Snowball A service that transports large amounts of data to and from the cloud.
Amazon CloudFront A service that provides a global content delivery network (CDN).