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What is AWS storage Gateway?

Cloud computing has changed the way businesses function and revolutionized data storage and processing methods. AWS is the market leader in the cloud computing space today, far ahead of its competitors. In this blog, we will try to explain each concept within AWS Storage Gateway in a structured manner:

What is AWS Storage Gateway?

AWS Storage Gateway is a hybrid cloud storage solution from AWS helping companies solve their problems and bridge gaps between on-premises and cloud environments. This service helps companies overcome their challenges in maintaining an on-premise environment for some applications and adopting the cloud environment for achieving scalable and reliable solutions in the meantime.

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What Challenges Does AWS Storage Gateway Service Solve?

Many companies manage workloads through the existing infrastructure of data centers and remote offices. AWS Storage Gateway helps in creating a seamless extension of the on-premises environment of companies. While companies start evaluating their applications, they find that some applications are easy to move to the cloud, while others involve complex processes. Some applications function better if they remain on premises as it may enhance their performance, help meet compliance regulations, or because they require tight integrations with the local IT infrastructure. These use cases influence a company to evaluate hybrid cloud storage solutions that help in offering on-premises access to data stored in a cloud service provider.

It is imperative to discuss the challenges, concerning storage management, that companies need to overcome to run different applications. These challenges are:

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How Does AWS Storage Gateway Service Help?

AWS Storage Gateway is a hybrid cloud storage solution offering on-premises access to infinite cloud storage. This service helps in reducing costs concerning various use cases while simplifying storage management. Storage Gateway helps in:

Storage Gateway offers easy access to the cloud; it is simple to deploy and activate and offers access to the companies’ applications. Local cache stores most recent data on premises for easy access, and at the same time, cloud storage offers scalability, data protection, security, availability, and performance. Local cache stores also enable on-premises apps to use cloud storage by offering low-latency data access over standard storage protocols.

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Key Features of AWS Storage Gateway

AWS Storage Gateway offers a steady management experience using AWS Console. Companies use this to monitor, manage, and secure data using AWS services such as AWS KMS, AWS IAM, AWS CloudWatch, and AWS CloudTrail. We will discuss few key features of Storage Gateway below:

Fully Managed Cache

Fully managed cache provides low latency access to data stored on the AWS platform by maintaining a cache of read data or recently written data. The gateway deploys a read-through, write-back cache and commits data locally with write operations acknowledgments. Finally, it copies data to the cloud in an asynchronous fashion that reduces latency in applications.

Standard Storage Protocols

AWS has designed this hybrid cloud storage solution in such a way that it seamlessly connects the local production and backs up applications with standard storage protocols:

Storage Gateway allows companies to implement this hybrid storage solution without having to modify applications.

Secure and Optimized Data Transfer

Storage Gateway securely uploads changed data, downloads data requested in the most secure fashion, and encrypts data using SSL while in transit between gateway appliances and AWS Cloud.

It also integrates with AWS Backup to help companies control backup and recovery of Volume Gateway volumes, simplify managing of backup, and help you backup compliance requirements. 

High Availability on VMware

Storage Gateway offers high availability with VMware. It integrates with VMware vSphere High Availability, which helps in automatically recovering from any interruptions in services in under a minute. This feature helps in protecting storage workloads in case of a hardware, network, or hypervisor failure, storage error, software error, etc.

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Types of Storage Gateways

AWS Storage Gateway combines all the benefits of on-premises infrastructure with the advantages of the cloud environment. To support different Storage Gateway use cases, AWS offers its users three different types of gateways to meet varied needs: 

We will discuss these gateways in detail to get a better understanding. There are two sub-gateways in File Gateway—Amazon S3 and Amazon FSx. We will also explain AWS Storage Gateway architecture.

File Gateway—Amazon S3

Amazon S3 helps perform different tasks such as:

S3 offers the following key benefits:

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File Gateway—Amazon FSx

Amazon FSx offers on-premises access to fully managed, highly scalable, and reliable file shares in AWS via SMB protocol, which is fast and of low-latency. FSx helps in accelerating file-based storage migration to the cloud enabling faster performance, enhanced data protection, and reduced cost. FSx offers the following benefits:

Volume Gateway

Volume Gateway presents block storage volumes of applications via the iSCSI protocol. These data volumes can be intermittently backed up as timeline snapshots of these volumes. They can then be stored as Amazon EBS snapshots in the cloud. This gateway stores and manages on-premises data in Amazon S3 on your behalf and operates in either stored mode or cache mode.

In cache mode, the primary data is stored in Amazon S3; at the same time, frequently accessed data is retained locally in the cache for low latency access. In stored mode, the primary data is stored locally and the entire dataset is available for low latency access on premises, while also backing it up asynchronously to S3.

Benefits of Volume Gateway:

Tape Gateway

Tape Gateway enables you to substitute physical tapes with virtual tapes in AWS without having to change existing backup workflows. It supports all popular backup apps and caches virtual tapes on premises to make data accessible with low latency. It also encrypts data between gateway and AWS to enable secure data transfer, compresses data, and transitions virtual tapes to bring down the storage costs.

Tape Gateway can be used to backup to AWS and archive data that you need to preserve to AWS. Tape Gateway offers several benefits that are mentioned below:

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AWS Storage Gateway Pricing

AWS Storage Gateway Pricing comprises of the following components:

Now let us discuss the pricing per type of Storage Gateway:

Amazon S3 File Gateway Pricing

Amazon FSx File Gateway Pricing

Amazon FSx File Gateway is priced at $0.69/hour and the storage is billed according to the Amazon FSx for Windows capacity.

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AWS is the leader in today’s public cloud market, offering hundreds of world-class features to its users. It has taken several steps in the right direction to bring more and more companies, businesses, and industries to the cloud infrastructure. And that’s the reason why AWS is dominating the cloud computing market. Gateways help companies maintain their on-premises infrastructure while at the same time benefiting from the cloud’s modern capabilities.

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