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AWS Storage
EFS in Practice
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Amazon EC2
Amazon Elastic Block Store (EBS)
Optimizing Storage
2m 18s
SAA-C02- Exam Prep

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This section of the Solution Architect Associate learning path introduces you to the core storage concepts and services relevant to the SAA-C02 exam. We start with an introduction to the AWS storage services, understand the options available and learn how to select and apply AWS storage services to meet specific requirements. 

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Learning Objectives

  • Obtain an in-depth understanding of Amazon S3 - Simple Storage Service
  • Get both a theoretical and practical understanding of EFS
  • Learn how to create an EFS file system, manage EFS security, and import data in EFS
  • Learn about EC2 storage and Elastic Block Store
  • Learn about the services available in AWS to optimize your storage

Hello and welcome to this final lecture. Hopefully, by now, you will have a clearer understanding of how Amazon S3, including Glacier storage classes, the Elastic File System, Amazon FSx, AWS Storage Gateway, and AWS Backup, are priced.

They all offer different methods of charging you for the use of the service and the storage, and it's dependant on how you use and configure the service, and some of these considerations encompass the following:

  • Service classes or tiers, such as Standard, Infrequent-Access and intelligent tiering in S3, or EFS standard or EFS-IA when looking at the Elastic File Service.
  • Using specific management elements of a service, for example, Provisioned Throughput in EFS, or S3 replication time control.
  • Using different types of requests, such as GET, COPY, PUT, SELECT.
  • Data retrieval, if you are trying to access or retrieve data from the service.
  • Data transfer, for example, if you need to transfer data in or out of the service either within the same region or out to the internet.
  • Replication, should you need multiple copies of your data in different locations.
  • The type of data/content being saved, for example, when using data deduplication with Amazon FSx.
  • Built-in cost optimization features, such as AWS Backup lifecycle policies which will make use of cold storage (Glacier) or warm storage (Amazon S3).

So it might not seem as straightforward as you might first think when considering your storage solution and the pricing that is involved. Of course, when creating your solutions and design you will not base it on the cheapest storage option available, there are too many variables and factors that come in to play, you must select the service that offers the feature set, availability, durability and security profile that the data requires. Only then, you can look into the finer aspects of the storage service to understand which features and options you can implement to help you optimize how you store that data.

To help you estimate your storage costs then you can use the AWS Simple Monthly Calculator which can be found here. That now brings me to the end of this lecture and to the end of this course. If you have any feedback, positive or negative, please do contact us at support@cloudacademy.com. Your feedback is greatly appreciated. Thank you for your time and good luck with your continued learning of cloud computing. Thank you.



About the Author
Stuart Scott
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Stuart has been working within the IT industry for two decades covering a huge range of topic areas and technologies, from data center and network infrastructure design, to cloud architecture and implementation.

To date, Stuart has created 90+ courses relating to Cloud reaching over 100,000 students, mostly within the AWS category and with a heavy focus on security and compliance.

Stuart is a member of the AWS Community Builders Program for his contributions towards AWS.

He is AWS certified and accredited in addition to being a published author covering topics across the AWS landscape.

In January 2016 Stuart was awarded ‘Expert of the Year Award 2015’ from Experts Exchange for his knowledge share within cloud services to the community.

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