Intelligent Tier Options Introduced by AWS for S3 and EFS

Amazon Web Services offers numerous services based on the cloud. The company provides several services at reasonable rates making them the most reliable cloud services for web users. Company’s most popular services, AWS S3 and Amazon Elastic File System (EFS).

Today, AWS has introduced a set of new features for AWS storage services- S3 and EFS. The company has held their AWS Storage Day they introduced new intelligent tier options for these particular services.

The new intelligent tier options make the S3 and EFS services more cost-effective and reliable. Consumers can use these services more efficiently using these new Intelligent Tiering Options introduced by AWS.

What is Amazon S3?

Amazon’s S3 service is the most reliable cloud storage service on the web. The Intelligent-tiering storage class for AWS S3 has been updated with new options. It means the newly introduced Intelligent Tier Options are already available for the users.

What is Amazon S3

What is Amazon S3

Each storage class of the S3 service stores objects. By updating the Amazon S3 Intelligent Tiering Storage Class, there is no bound for storing data as objects. Monitoring charges and automation charges have also been updated. There is no need to have a 128 KB restriction as the storage bound is now removed.

Intelligent Tiering for S3 was introduced to keep the storage objects more reliable and easily accessible. The company had set the restriction of the objects that need to be at least 128 KB in size. The objects and files smaller than the set size will not be accepted.

However, after introducing the new intelligent tier options, this restriction is now removed and the users can upload and store files and objects of any size. The billing cycle of the smaller objects was also unstable as many users have posted their feedback about this storage restriction and the extra charged that they see in their monthly bills.

If you want to know more about the recently made changes to AWS S3 service through the new intelligent tier options, then we would like you to visit the official AWS Storage Blog Post released by the company.

Besides the AWS S3 service, the company has introduced the same intelligent tier options for their Amazon Elastic File System i.e. AWS EFS service. This new set of options makes it easier for the users to scale up the charges for storing the data of the shared files.

Moreover, the intelligent tiering options will also track the shared files and their charges even if their access patterns change. Users can have full access to all the shared files and their changes with reliable data that is easy to read and implement.

How does the Intelligent Tiering Option work with EFS?

The EFS service is used to store the data of the users in separate classes. Once updated with their service, they can enable or disable the intelligent tiering options while using this service.

When a user enables this service, the data will be stored in a separate class automatically. What makes this service called intelligently is it stores the data to a suitable class at the right time.

How does the Intelligent Tiering Options work with EFS

How does the Intelligent Tiering Option work with EFS

The service will first scan and analyze the data through patterns. When the stored data or data files and their patterns remain unused, then the service will move such files from the storage classes. These files can be accessed by the users anytime they want so there will be no issue losing your data.

A principal developer advocate for AWS stated in an official blog post, “EFS Intelligent-Tiering optimizes your costs even if your workload file data access patterns change. You’ll never have to worry about unbounded data access charges because you only pay for data access charges for transitions between storage classes.”

The new Intelligent Tiering Options’ Availability

The newly introduced Intelligent Tiering Options for S3 and EFS are available for all the regions where the AWS services are available. This means if you can use the AWS service, then the new Intelligent Tiering Options are already available for you.

See Also

AWS EC2 Pricing Model

AWS Cost Optimization Checklist

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