AWS Introduces New Intelligent Tier Options for S3 and EFS

AWS announced a few features and changes to their storage method for S3 and Amazon Elastic File System (EFS) regarding Intelligent Tiering opportunities over the past AWS storage day. The updates and changes will allow customers to utilize S3 and EFS more efficiently and cost-effectively.

Terms of use for Amazon S3 Intelligent Tiering stock class updated. There is no longer a minimum storage duration for all objects stored in this storage class, and monitoring and automation fees for objects smaller than 128 KB have been removed. When AWS initially released Intelligent Tiering for S3, objects smaller than 128 KB would never be transferred to the rare access level and would be billed at the usual rate for the frequent access level.

Sean M. Tracy, a senior development lawyer at AWS, stated in a recent AWS News blog posts about the update to Amazon S3 Intelligent Tiering:

With these changes, the S3 Intelligent-Tiering is the ideal storage class for data with unknown, changed, or unpredictable access patterns, regardless of object size or retention period.

Additionally, in a recent AWS Storage blog posts about the Electronic Arts customer case that exploited the Amazon S3 Intelligent Tiering and S3 Glacier, the authors wrote:

The S3 Intelligent-Tiering gave us an out-of-the-box mechanism to optimize our storage costs, with no data retrieval or lifecycle transfer fees. S3 Intelligent-Tiering automatically moves data that has not been accessed for 30 days to the level of infrequent access and back to the level of frequent access when we access the data again. S3 Intelligent-Tiering charges storage fees and a small fee for monitoring and automation per. Object. To automate cost savings for rarely available data, we signed up for the archive access levels in S3 Intelligent-Tiering, which provide the same price and performance as the S3 Glacier and S3 Glacier Deep Archive storage classes. After 90 days without access, the S3 Intelligent-Tiering moves objects to the archive access level, and after 180 days without access, objects move to the deep archive access level.

In addition to the changes to the Amazon S3, the company is also bringing the intelligent tiering capacity to EFS, which will make it easier for customers to optimize costs for shared file storage, even when access patterns change. When they activate Amazon EFS Intelligent Tiering, it will save the files in the appropriate storage class at the right time.

The function monitors the file system’s access patterns and moves files that have not been available for the duration of the life cycle policy from EFS Standard or EFS One Zone to EFS Standard-IA or EFS One Zone-IA, depending on whether the file system uses EFS Standard or EFS One Zone – stock classes. If the file is resumed, it will be moved back to EFS Standard or EFS One Zone storage classes.

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