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Importing Data


Course Introduction
AWS Storage
Introduction to Amazon EFS
Amazon EC2
Amazon Elastic Block Store (EBS)
Optimizing Storage
AWS Backup
AWS Storage Gateway
Performance Factors Across AWS Storage Services

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This section of the AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Professional learning path introduces you to the core storage concepts and services relevant to the SAP-C02 exam. We start with an introduction to 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
  • Learn how to improve your security posture in S3
  • 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 different performance factors associated with AWS storage services

Hello and welcome to this short lecture, which will provide a high-level overview of how you can import on-premise data into EFS. If you're looking to use EFS, then it's likely that you already have a dataset in mind that you think would be better served using this service. For example, your home directories for your employees that might be served on local file servers on-premises. So how would you go about moving this data into EFS to use the benefits that it offers? 

The recommended course of action is to use another service called AWS DataSync. This service is specifically designed to help you securely move and migrate and synchronize data for your existing on-premises site into AWS Storage Services such as Amazon EFS or Amazon S3 with simplicity and ease. The data transfer can either be accomplished over a direct connect link or over the internet. To sync source files from your on-premises environment, you must download the DataSync agent as a VMware ESXi to your site. The agent is configured with the source and destination target and associated with your AWS account, and logically sits in between your on-premise file system and your EFS file system. 

DataSync is also very useful if you want to transfer files between EFS file systems either within the same AWS account or cross-account and owned by a third-party. To help with the management and implementation of this transfer, AWS has created an AWS DataSync in-cloud quick start and scheduler, which can be found here on GitHub.

Within the overview documentation of this tool, the following use cases are provided. You can migrate an NFS file system from Amazon EC2 to Amazon EFS within the same AWS region. Replicate an NFS file system from Amazon EC2 in one AWS region to an Amazon EFS file system in a different AWS region for disaster recovery. You can migrate an Amazon EFS file system from EFS standard with no lifecycle management to an EFS file system with lifecycle management enabled.

File systems with lifecycle management enabled will automatically move to a lower-cost Infrequent Access storage class based on a predefined lifecycle policy. You can migrate an Amazon EFS file system from one performance mode to another performance mode within the same AWS region, and replicate an Amazon EFS file system from one AWS region to another Amazon EFS file system in a different AWS region for disaster recovery. The configuration and implementation of the AWS DataSync tool is out of scope of this course. However, you can find more information on this service here. 

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Danny has over 20 years of IT experience as a software developer, cloud engineer, and technical trainer. After attending a conference on cloud computing in 2009, he knew he wanted to build his career around what was still a very new, emerging technology at the time — and share this transformational knowledge with others. He has spoken to IT professional audiences at local, regional, and national user groups and conferences. He has delivered in-person classroom and virtual training, interactive webinars, and authored video training courses covering many different technologies, including Amazon Web Services. He currently has six active AWS certifications, including certifications at the Professional and Specialty level.