Amazon FSx
Amazon FSx
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Amazon FSx, a service that can help you run file-based workloads across multiple instances cost-effectively and with great scale. This course will cover both FSx for Windows file system and FSx for Lustre, the two choices you have when deploying an FSx workload.

Learning objectives

  • Understand when to use Amazon FSx for Windows file server
  • Understand When to use FSX for Lustre
  • Be able to describe the differences between the two
  • Learn why you would want to use FSx vs EFS

Intended Audience

This course has been designed for solutions architects or developers who want to understand how to create a shared file system within AWS. This course is also helpful if you are looking to understand the difference between Amazon FSx and Amazon EFS (Elastic File System)


You should have a good understanding of cloud computing and cloud architectures, specifically with Amazon Web Services.


Wrap Up. As we've seen here, Amazon FSx is a complex service that lives a multifaceted lifestyle. It has two main components that offer different modalities for storing file data. FSx for Windows File Server provides a fully managed, scalable file storage system that is accessible over SMB protocol. It is built on windows server and provides a large range of administrative features like active directory, user quotas, and end-user file restoration. On the other hand, we have FSx for Lustre, a high-performance race car of a file system that can host hundreds of thousands of compute cores at once. All while providing sub-millisecond latency. It also has the power to host S3 as a local file system, which can provide great benefit to many HBC and machine learning workloads. Understanding which of these aspects of FSx your architecture needs should be fairly straightforward. 

If you're looking for a day-to-day file system that is accessible over SMB protocol, that has some nice bells and whistles for your users, pick up FSx for Windows File Server. If you need the best possible throughput or the highest IOPs for some crazy multi-compute application, you want FSx for Lustre. And if you just want a dead simple file system that multiple Linux boxes can share access across, just go with EFS, it's much less complicated than FSx. Well, that brings us to the end of this course. My name is Will Meadows, I'd like to thank you for spending your time here learning about Amazon FSx. If you have any feedback, positive or negative, please contact us here at Your feedback is greatly appreciated. Thank you.

About the Author

William Meadows is a passionately curious human currently living in the Bay Area in California. His career has included working with lasers, teaching teenagers how to code, and creating classes about cloud technology that are taught all over the world. His dedication to completing goals and helping others is what brings meaning to his life. In his free time, he enjoys reading Reddit, playing video games, and writing books.