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With so many different storage solutions available in AWS, at times it’s difficult to determine the best way to architect your storage needs in the most cost-optimized way. This course has been designed to help you understand the different costs associated with each of the AWS services currently listed under the ‘Storage’ category, and when you might select one option within a service over another one. 

This course explores the pricing metrics of a variety of AWS services including Amazon S3, Glacier storage classes, Elastic File System, FSx, Storage Gateway, and AWS Backup. For any feedback, queries, or suggestions, please feel free to contact us at

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the various pricing metrics implemented across different storage services in AWS
  • Gain a full insight into your expected costs without any hidden surprises appearing on your bill

Intended Audience

This course is suitable for:

  • Storage engineers responsible for maintaining and storing data within the enterprise
  • AWS Architects who are designing new solutions requiring data storage capabilities
  • Individuals looking to begin their certification journey with either the AWS Cloud Practitioner or one of the three Associate-level certifications


This is an intermediate-level course to AWS storage services and therefore, to get the most out of it, you should have some basic knowledge of the services discussed.


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 Your feedback is greatly appreciated. Thank you for your time and good luck with your continued learning of cloud computing. Thank you.



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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 150+ courses relating to Cloud reaching over 180,000 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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