AWS launches cheaper storage subscription for Elastic File System

AWS launches cheaper storage subscription for Elastic File System

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has launched a new storage subscription for its Elastic File System service. This is EFS Infrequent Access. The subscription is cheaper and focuses on data that is not often used, says Silicon Angle.

Elastic File System is a highly scalable storage service for cloud-hosted workloads, introduced in 2016. It allows AWS customers to create petabyte-scale file systems accessible to hundreds of thousands of EC2 cloud compute instances and on-premise servers to support the applications running on them.

The new subscription focuses on companies that need to meet data auditing and retention requirements. It is also aimed at companies that want to make backups of data that can be retrieved through normal file operations.

Moving files

To access the service, users must first enable a new feature in Elastic File System called Lifecycle Management. This function then automatically moves old data to the cheaper option, based on previously established policies. The files are still accessible, without any changes to the code or operational work being required.

“As part of the new Lifecycle Management option for EFS file systems, you can now indicate that you want to move files that have not been opened in the past 30 days to a storage class that is 85 percent less expensive,” said AWS Chief Evangelist Jeff Barr. “Files that have not been read or written in the last 30 days will be transferred to the Infrequent Access storage class without any further action on your part.

Amazon EFS Infrequent Access was first announced at AWS re:Invent in November, but is now available to everyone. In the U.S. East region, the subscription starts at 4.5 cents per gigabyte. In other regions there are “correspondingly low prices”, says Barr. “In addition, there is a data transfer charge of $0.01 per GB for reading and writing to Infrequent Access storage.

This news article was automatically translated from Dutch to give a head start. All news articles after September 1, 2019 are written in native English and NOT translated. All our background stories are written in native English as well. For more information read our launch article.