Unlock the Power of AWS Storage with copebit – Cost-Effective, Scalable, and Secure Solutions for Your Business Needs.
As AWS Advanced Consulting Partner, copebit builds applications on the AWS cloud platform for its customers every day. Of course, these applications need a place to store their data. AWS offers a very flexible storage portfolio for this purpose.
AWS Storage refers to the various cloud-based storage services that enable enterprises and individuals to store, manage, and retrieve data and files in a flexible, scalable, and secure manner. AWS offers a range of storage services, including object storage, block storage, file storage, backup and archive storage, and hybrid storage, each tailored to meet specific storage needs and use cases. AWS Storage offers enterprises and individuals the ability to store and access data from anywhere in the world while paying only for the storage they use, making it a cost-effective and reliable solution for managing large-scale data.
To choose the best storage solution for your system, copebit can help you consider how you want to access your data, how often you need it, and how quickly you need to access it. You may need different types of storage for different data.
AWS Simple Storage Service S3 (Object Storage)
Amazon S3 is a highly scalable, durable, and secure object storage service that is widely used for a variety of use cases. It can store data of any type and size and provides easy access control management. S3 has a retention rate of 99.9999999%. It is suitable for a wide range of use cases, from backup and archiving to big data analytics and mobile app development.
copebit frequently uses AWS S3 Storage in the following use cases:
- Data backup and archiving: You can use Amazon S3 to store backup copies of your data to ensure that your data is protected in the event of a disaster.
- Content distribution: S3 can be used to distribute content such as videos and images to users around the world via Amazon CloudFront.
- Big data analytics: Amazon S3 is often used as a data lake to store and analyze large amounts of unstructured or semi-structured data for big data analytics.
- Application hosting: You can store and deploy application resources, including images, videos, and other files, using Amazon S3.
- Mobile application development: Amazon S3 can be used to store and serve content for mobile applications, such as images, videos, and other files.
Backup / Restore AWS S3
Overall, backup and recovery with AWS S3 provides a reliable and flexible solution for protecting data stored in S3 and ensuring its availability in the event of data loss or corruption.
- Versioning: S3 lets you enable versioning for your objects, which creates a new version of the object each time it is updated or deleted. This way, you can restore previous versions of an object in case it was accidentally deleted or modified.
- Cross-region replication: This feature enables automatic replication of your S3 objects to another region for backup or disaster recovery purposes.
- S3 Transfer Acceleration: This feature allows you to leverage Amazon’s content delivery network to accelerate the transfer of large files to and from S3 for backup and recovery purposes.
- AWS Backup: AWS Backup is a fully managed backup service that enables you to centralize and automate the backup of data across AWS services, including S3. AWS Backup provides a simple and consistent way to back up your data, with options for backup frequency, retention, and data transfer.
Elastic Block Storage (EBS)
Amazon Elastic Block Store (EBS) is an AWS-provided block storage service designed for use in conjunction with Amazon EC2 instances. EBS provides low-latency persistent block storage volumes that can be connected to an EC2 instance.
copebit frequently uses AWS EBS in the following use cases:
- Data persistence: You can use EBS to store persistent data that must be preserved even if the EC2 instance terminates or fails.
- Database storage: EBS volumes can be used to store database files for relational databases such as MySQL, PostgreSQL, and Oracle.
- Application hosting: You can use EBS to store application files and assets, including configuration files, logs, and other data required by your applications.
- High performance computing (HPC): EBS provides high-speed, low-latency storage that is well suited for HPC workloads.
- Disaster recovery: EBS volumes can be used to back up your data to ensure that you can recover quickly in the event of a disaster.
- Data warehousing: You can use EBS to store large amounts of data for data warehousing applications.
- Overall, EBS is a versatile and reliable storage solution that can be used for a wide range of use cases to provide low-latency persistent block storage volumes for EC2 instances.
Backup / Restore AWS EBS
AWS EBS (Elastic Block Store) provides backup and restore capabilities for its storage volumes. With EBS, you can create point-in-time snapshots of your EBS volumes stored in S3 and restore volumes from these snapshots at any time. This way, you can protect your data and applications by creating automated backup schedules, and you can quickly recover your data in case of accidental deletion or failure. In addition, you can copy snapshots across regions, which provides an extra layer of protection for your data. EBS snapshots can also be used to migrate data between regions and create new EBS volumes from existing snapshots.
Elastic File System (EFS)
AWS EFS (Elastic File System) is a fully managed, scalable, and highly available cloud-based file storage service provided by Amazon Web Services. It allows multiple EC2 instances to securely access a shared file system, enabling a wide range of use cases, including content repositories, data analytics, web servers, and home directories, among others. EFS is based on the NFSv4.1 protocol and is designed to provide high throughput and low-latency performance with automatic scaling to accommodate changing workloads. It is accessible through multiple availability zones, and the distributed file system principle enables it to provide high availability and longevity. EFS can be easily created and managed through the AWS Management Console or command line interface, and users are charged only for the storage they consume.
copebit frequently uses AWS EFS Storage in the following use cases:
- Shared file storage: EFS can be used to share files across multiple EC2 instances, allowing multiple applications to access and modify the same files simultaneously. This makes it ideal for applications that require a shared file system, such as content management systems, web servers, and databases.
- Big data analytics: EFS provides a high-performance and scalable file system for big data analytics workloads such as Hadoop or Spark. It can handle large data sets and scale up or down as needed, making it ideal for processing and storing massive amounts of data.
- Media processing and storage: EFS can be used to store and process media files such as videos, images, and audio. It provides fast and reliable access to these files and can easily scale to handle high traffic and demand.
- Containerized storage: EFS can be used as a storage backend for containerized applications, such as those running on Docker or Kubernetes. It enables data sharing across containers and can easily scale to meet the needs of a growing container-based environment.
Overall, AWS EFS is a highly flexible and scalable file storage service that can be used for a variety of use cases. It offers high levels of performance, reliability, and security, making it an ideal solution for many different types of applications.
Backup / Restore AWS EFS
AWS Elastic File System (EFS) provides two options for backup and recovery: EFS-to-EFS backup and Amazon EFS backup.
- With EFS-to-EFS backup, you can create point-in-time backups of an EFS file system that can be used to restore the file system later. The backup is stored in another EFS file system, and it can be accessed from any availability zone in the same region as the backup file system. EFS-to-EFS backup is a cost-effective option because you pay only for the storage used by the backup.
- Amazon EFS Backup is a fully managed backup service that automates the backup of your EFS file systems on a scheduled or on-demand basis. Backups are stored in Amazon S3 and can be restored to the original or another EFS file system. Amazon EFS Backup provides a centralized dashboard for monitoring and managing backups and supports features such as encryption and retention policies. This option is convenient for those who prefer a fully managed backup service and are willing to pay for the additional features and automation.
Amazon FSx for Lustre
AWS FSx for Lustre is a fully managed, high-performance file system designed for compute-intensive workloads that require fast access to large data sets. It is based on Lustre, an open source parallel file system used in many of the world’s largest high performance computing (HPC) clusters, and provides a distributed file system with latencies of less than one millisecond and throughputs of up to hundreds of gigabytes per second. FSx for Lustre is fully managed, which means AWS takes care of all infrastructure, maintenance and upgrades. This makes it easy to set up and use, without requiring any special knowledge of Lustre. In addition, FSx for Lustre provides data encryption at rest and in transit, making it a secure solution for sensitive workloads.
copebit uses Lustre for these specific use cases:
- High performance computing (HPC): FSx for Lustre can be used for HPC workloads such as weather forecasting, computational fluid dynamics, and seismic analysis. This allows you to store and process large data sets in parallel across many compute instances for faster results.
- Machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI): FSx for Lustre can be used for machine learning and AI workloads that require fast processing of large data sets. These include image and speech recognition, natural language processing, and deep learning.
- Media Processing: FSx for Lustre can be used for media processing workloads such as video transcoding, rendering and streaming. It provides high-speed access to large media files, reducing processing time and cost.
Backup / Restore AWS FSx Lustre
AWS FSx for Lustre provides backup and restore options with Amazon S3 as the backup destination. These options include automated backups and user-initiated backups. Automated backups allow you to schedule backups at a specific frequency, while user-initiated backups allow you to manually back up at any time.
- To restore from a backup, you can create a new Lustre file system by using the backup as the data source. This can be done through the AWS Management Console, CLI, or SDK. In addition, AWS FSx for Lustre also supports cross-region backups, which allow you to create backups in a different region than the file system, providing additional data durability and availability.
Amazon S3 Glacier
copebit relies on AWS S3 Glacier as a cloud-based storage service that provides long-term backup and archiving solutions for data that is rarely accessed. It is designed to provide a cost-effective storage solution for data that needs to be retained for years but is rarely accessed, such as legal documents, medical records, financial records, and media archives.
S3 Glacier offers three different retrieval options for data: Expedited, Standard, and Bulk. The expedited retrieval option allows you to retrieve data in 1-5 minutes, the standard retrieval option takes 3-5 hours, while the bulk retrieval option takes 5-12 hours. S3 Glacier also provides lifecycle policies that allow you to automatically move data from S3 to S3 Glacier based on the age of the data. You can also use S3 Glacier for compliance purposes as it supports a number of compliance standards such as HIPAA, FINRA, and SEC.
Amazon FSx for Windows File Server
copebit uses AWS FSx as its Windows File Server which is a fully managed file storage service  that provides native Windows file shares supported by Amazon S3. It allows users to access file shares via the SMB protocol and can integrate with on-premises Microsoft Active Directory (AD) to simplify user authentication and group policy management. FSx for Windows File Server supports features such as data deduplication, file compression and user quotas. It is designed for enterprise workloads such as Microsoft SQL Server, SAP and Microsoft SharePoint, as well as file storage and collaboration scenarios. The service is highly available and is automatically replicated across multiple availability zones within a region to ensure high durability and availability.
copebit uses AWS FSx for Windows File Server for a variety of use cases:
- Microsoft SQL Server: Microsoft SQL Server requires a shared file system to store data and log files. FSx for Windows File Server can provide high-performance file storage for SQL Server, making it ideal for enterprise database workloads.
- Home directories and user profiles: FSx for Windows File Server can be used to create centralized user profiles and home directories for an organization. This can simplify user management and provide a consistent user experience across multiple Windows instances.
- Media and entertainment: FSx for Windows File Server can be used as high-performance shared storage for media and entertainment workloads such as video editing, animation, and rendering.
- Electronic design automation (EDA): EDA applications require high-performance shared storage to enable collaboration between designers. FSx for Windows File Server provides the performance and scalability needed to support EDA workloads.
- SharePoint: SharePoint requires a shared file system to store data files and configuration data. FSx for Windows File Server provides high-performance file storage for SharePoint, making it ideal for enterprise content management workloads.
Backup / Restore AWS FSx Windows File Server
AWS FSx for Windows File Server provides built-in data protection with automatic daily backups to Amazon S3. These backups can be used to restore individual files or the entire file system to a specific point in time. FSx backups can be kept for up to 35 days and are securely stored in Amazon S3, ensuring high durability and availability. In addition to automatic backups, FSx also supports the creation of manual backups that can be retained for extended periods of time or used for disaster recovery purposes. FSx backups can be restored directly from the AWS Management Console or programmatically via AWS APIs.
copebit AWS Backup-Vault Account
copebit uses the AWS backup service to provide a comprehensive backup solution that ensures secure encryption and centralized storage of backups in a dedicated backup vault account. This approach ensures that all backups, including those for S3, EBS, EFS, FSx, database backups, etc., are not stored locally, minimizing the risk of data loss due to account corruption. To further increase availability and security, copebit also replicates backups to another AWS region, ensuring uninterrupted access to backup data even in the event of a region-wide outage. These practices are standard at copebit and demonstrate our commitment to prioritizing availability and security for our customers.