Working in both on-site servers and Amazon Web Services Inc. object stores, the new Amazon File Cache allows for quick access to current data sets for faster processing, according to Edward Naim, (pictured) general manager of AWS file storage.
For companies that want to continue using on-premises data storage and outsource their data processing to AWS to take advantage of the cloud giant’s super speeds, Amazon File Cache delivers for many use cases, Naim added. The solution provides a high-speed cache that is stored on AWS, allowing for object stores, file systems or even on-prem servers to interface with file-based AWS applications at high speeds and low latency.
“Clients get all the performance benefits of the cache and also get a unified view of their data set,” Naim stated. “It’s a really helpful enabler for a pretty wide variety of cloud-bursting workloads and hybrid workflows, ranging from media rendering and transcoding to engineering design simulation to big data analytics.”
Naim spoke with theCUBE industry analyst Dave Vellante at AWS Storage Day, during an exclusive broadcast on theCUBE, SiliconANGLE Media’s livestreaming studio. They discussed the release of Amazon File Cache and the use cases of existing cloud file management services at Amazon. (* Disclosure below.)
Cloud adoption made simple
AWS offers several services for clients looking to transition from traditional on-prem servers to cloud services. Ad, for some organizations, the cloud journey begins with what AWS calls extending on-prem workloads into the cloud, Naim explained.
“An example of that is compute bursting workloads, where customers have data on-premises and they have some compute on-premises, but they want to burst their processing of that data to the cloud because they really want to take advantage of the massive amount of compute that they get on AWS,” he said.
On top of increased computing power, AWS customers can take advantage of the cloud as a failsafe measure should on-site servers ever fail.
There are many organizations that would rather forego the extending step, however, and instead migrate most or all of their workloads to AWS directly, according to Naim.
“They’re instead focused on going all in as fast as possible because they really want to get the full benefits of the cloud as fast as possible,” he said.
Starting out with cloud computing can become confusing to a business that is accustomed to traditional servers, but AWS puts a focus on providing ample choice to customers and allowing for the correct services to be rendered to the right workloads and storage needs of an organization.
“For storage and application admins who are extending existing workloads to the cloud or migrating workloads to AWS, the easiest path generally is to move to an [AWS] FSx file system that provides the same or really similar underlying file system engine that they use on-premises,” Naim explained.
For those who are not experts in storage, AWS offers Amazon Elastic File System to meet customers needs and be an intuitive process to put into service and use. EFS is similar to Amazon’s S3 Simple Storage Service in that it can be scaled infinitely and is fully serverless.
Here’s the complete video interview, part of SiliconANGLE’s and theCUBE’s coverage of AWS Storage Day:
(* Disclosure: TheCUBE is a paid media partner for AWS Storage Day. Neither Amazon Web Services Inc., the sponsor of theCUBE’s event coverage, nor other sponsors have editorial control over content on theCUBE or SiliconANGLE.)