Amazon Web Services Unveils Cloud Storage Gateway

Posted on Jan 27 2012 - 8:27am by Editorial Staff

Amazon Web Services has announced a service name as “AWS Storage Gateway” that will enable businesses to move their data to Amazon’s data centers more easily than before. The service is connecting an on-premises software appliance with cloud-based storage to provide seamless and secure integration between an organization’s on-premises IT environment and AWS’s storage infrastructure.

The service enables you to securely upload data to the AWS cloud for cost effective backup and rapid disaster recovery. The AWS Storage Gateway supports industry-standard storage protocols that work with your existing applications. It provides low-latency performance by maintaining data on your on-premises storage hardware while asynchronously uploading this data to AWS, where it is encrypted and securely stored in the Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3).

“The service enables you to securely upload data to the AWS cloud for cost effective backup and rapid disaster recovery,” Amazon said. “Data stored in your current datacentre can be backed up to Amazon S3, where it is stored as Amazon EBS snapshots… In the event you need to retrieve a backup of your data, you can easily restore these snapshots locally to your on-premises hardware.”

AWS said the service would cost $125 a month for each gateway, after a 60-day free trial. The storage starts at 14 cents per gigabyte of data a month. By comparison, Hewlett-Packard’s entry-level disk-based data storage system, holding 3,000 gigabytes, lists online for a starting price of $1,899.

The announcement follows last week’s announcement by Amazon to offer a new online version of a NoSQL database. This product, a database that can be drawn on by potentially thousands of servers, is useful for companies already implying themselves with cloud systems that want to run very large-scale projects like sales across the Internet.

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