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AWS Solutions Architect Associate (SAA-C02)


  • Allows us to launch 3rd party high-performance file systems on AWS
  • Useful when we don’t want to use an AWS managed file system like S3
  • Can be accessed from your on-premise infrastructure

FSx for Windows

  • Shared File System for Windows (like EFS but for Windows)
  • Supports SMB protocol, Windows NTFS, Microsoft Active Directory integration, ACLs, user quotas
  • Built on SSD, scale up to 10s of GB/s, millions of IOPS, 100s PB of data
  • Supports Multi-AZ (high availability)
  • Data is backed-up daily to S3
  • Does not integrate with S3 (cannot store cold data)

FSx for Lustre

  • Parallel distributed file system for HPC (like EFS but for HPC)
  • Scales up to 100s GB/s, millions of IOPS, sub-ms latencies
  • Only works with Linux
  • Seamless integration with S3
    • Can read S3 buckets as a file system (through FSx)
    • Can write the output back to S3 (through FSx)
  • Ability to both process the hot data in a parallel and distributed fashion as well as easily store the cold data on Amazon S3

FSx Deployment Options

  • Scratch File System
    • Temporary storage (cheaper)
    • Data is not replicated (data lost if the file server fails)
    • High burst (6x faster than persistent file system)
    • Usage: short-term processing
  • Persistent File System
    • Long-term storage (expensive)
    • Data is replicated within same AZ
    • Failed files are replaced within minutes
    • Usage: long-term processing, sensitive data

Last updated: 2022-05-20