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AWS Cloud Storage Options- What makes it Apart from Azure and Google Cloud?

Storage is one of the most important used cases for public IaaS cloud computing as instead of purchasing hardware and managing it, you can just upload the data to the cloud and then pay for it. Though, it seems simple, but in actual the cloud storage world has many parts to look at.

There are three chiefs Cloud Platforms- Google Cloud platforms, Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services that offers the variety of options and complex schemes for their costing.  So what makes AWS cloud storage options apart from Azure and Google cloud in terms of cloud storage? Let us have a look.

Block Storage

This is a type of disk storage that is used in conjunction with cloud based virtual systems. Each of these providers breaks their block storage providing into two different categories: Newer solid state disks (SSD) or traditional magnetic spinning hard drive disks. Users can also pay a premium in order to get a specific amount of assured input/output per second that is an indication of how quickly the storage would read and save new information stored in it.

The product of Amazon names Elastic Block Store (EBS) comes along with a handful of flavors: Traditional magnetic and spinning disk offering Provisioned IOPS SSD that Amazon says are fabricated for latency-sensitive transactional workloads. However, the block storage of Azure offering is known as Managed Disks and it comes in premium or standards with the premium based on SSDs. On the other hand, the version of Google is named Persistent Disks that comes in SSD and standard option.

When buying block storage it is important to know how promptly you need access to the data that is stored in SSD disk. Because of this very reason, vendor offers diverse rates of IOPs with a guarantee. The general purpose SSD by AWS offer 10k IOPS, however, its provisioned IOPs providing can offer till 20k IOPs/volume with a maximum IOPS of 65k/instance.

When it comes to Amazon Web Services, AWS solution providers offer two choices for HDDs: Throughput Optimized volumes are intended for often times accessed throughput-concentrated workloads. Cold HDDs are the least cost per GB of EBS volume sorts and are implied for less-oftentimes accessed expensive, icy datasets. AWS likewise offers a progression of EBS-advanced EC2 virtual machine occurrences to be used with these piece storage offerings.

Object Storage

If you have a file that you need to put in the cloud, then object storage is the right service for you. Every cloud providers, be it Google, Azure or Amazon Web Services have their different sort of storage that is classified how customers want to access it. Cool storage is generally accessed more often. Hoot storage stores data that required being accessible instantly. However, cold storage is an archival material that is hardly accessed. The primary object platform of Amazon Web services is Simple Storage Service and it also offers for Glacier for cold storage and Standard-Infrequent access for cool storage.

File Storage

A budding use case is the use of a cloud-based file storage system. Think about this as a cloud-based adaptation of a more customary Network File System (NFS): Users can mount documents to the system from any device or VM associated with it, at that point read and recover records. This is a generally incipient distributed storage use case and in this manner, offerings are not yet as full highlighted contrasted with object storage. AWS solution providers putting forth in this class is named Elastic File System that amce out of beta in June 2016.

It enables users to mount records from AWS Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) virtual machines inside a virtual private cloud, or from on-premises administrations utilizing AWS Direct Connect or a virtual private association (VPC). There is no size breaking point, so it scales consequently in view of need and offers a 50 MB for each second throughput per TB of capacity; users can pay for up to 100MBps throughput. It begins at $0.30/GB/month.


EF of Amazon Web Service does not contain a local backup solution, while Azure does. AWS urges EFS users to depend on outside reinforcement instruments at this point. Azure and Google offer lower costs for their record storage systems compared with AWS: Azure is $0.80 per GB/month, and Google is $0.20, however, Adler says those expenses don’t consider any replication or exchange charges. While AWS’s base cost may appear to be higher, when considering all that it factors in identified with scaling, it could be a wash between the three suppliers.

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This article is published in collaboration with NexSoftSys Solutions, an experienced offshore and outsourcing IT solutions services provider firm based in India. A technology consulting firm for Customized Offshore Software & Mobile Apps Development for Healthcare, Telecommunication, and Banking System.
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