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The top 3 highlights from AWS Storage Day 2021

Nick Triantafillou
Nick Triantafillou

AWS recently hosted their third annual AWS Storage Day, a free virtual event hosted on their Twitch channel with lots of announcements, insights, and content related to AWS Storage Services. Here are a few of the highlights and headlines.

  • Amazon FSx for NetApp ONTAP is now generally available
  • A new Amazon S3 feature called Multi-Region Access Points was launched
  • Amazon Elastic Filesystem introduces Intelligent Tiering

Want to know more? Read on for the details!

1. Amazon FSx for NetApp ONTAP now GA

Kicking it off, AWS announced the general availability of Amazon FSx for NetApp ONTAP. This is a storage server that allows customers to launch and run complete, fully managed ONTAP filesystems in the cloud for the very first time.

If you’ve never heard of it before, ONTAP is NetApp’s file system technology that has traditionally powered on-premises network-attached storage. Amazon FSx for NetAppONTAP provides all the popular features, performance and APIs ofONTAP file systems with the benefits of a fully managed AWS service. Learn more here.

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2. Amazon S3 Multi-Region Access Points launched

Next up, Amazon S3 Multi-Region Access Points have been launched. These accelerate performance by up to 60% when accessing AWS data sets that are replicated across multiple AWS regions.

The Multi-Region Access Points service is based on AWS Global Accelerator, and it considers factors such as network congestion and the location of the requesting application to dynamically route your requests over the AWS network to the lowest latency copy of your data. This automatically takes advantage of AWS’s global infrastructure while allowing you to maintain a simple architecture for your application.

It also provides a single endpoint to access your data too — so you can build multi-region applications with the same architecture used for a single-region solution. (This is pretty cool.) Applications running on-premises can also access the multi-region access points via AWS PrivateLink, and there’s a new S3 management console experience to go along with it. Be sure to check it out. More info is here.

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3. Amazon Elastic Filesystem introduces Intelligent Tiering

Finally, Amazon Elastic Filesystem has introduced Intelligent Tiering to automatically optimize storage costs.

Intelligent Tiering is a new capability that makes it easy to save money across your shared file storage, even when your access patterns change. It uses Lifecycle Management to monitor the access patterns of your workload, and it’s designed to automatically transition files that aren’t accessed for the duration of the lifecycle policy to a cheaper storage class.

This takes advantage of the cheaper tiers that can be up to 92% lower cost than EFS Standard pricing. And if your patterns change, the Intelligent Tiering is designed to move the files back to the performance-optimized storage classes for you too, so it’s not just a one-way thing. This is available right now in all AWS regions where Amazon EFS is available.

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