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Pros
"We are not that big of a cloud user. We just use it for the storage of our bytes. The most valuable aspect is the storage.""Its elasticity and flexible pricing are the most valuable. For Amazon EFS, you are charged based on the storage. It is also very fast and stable with a very simple and intuitive interface."

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"This solution is good at storing historical data and we were using it for other purposes.""Enables content sharing by multiple users.""The main aspect we like is that it's been easy to use.""The most valuable features are unlimited storage, scalability, and performance.""Some of the most valuable features are how convenient and easy to use S3 is. It's nicely integrated with AWS and is available on the AWS console.""Amazon S3 has multiple types of data detection. You can store data on a monthly basis, yearly basis, and long term basis.""The initial setup is not difficult or overly complex. It's very straightforward and easy to implement.""It is easy to manage and easy to understand."

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Cons
"It should be simplified. There are people who don't have cloud experience. It should be storage that we are able to just connect to.""It could be better in connecting with Windows Server instances."

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"The security model can be improved as it is a bit confusing.""The only pain point is migrating the life cycle policy because if someone is a newbie, they cannot easily create the life cycle policy.""Technical support could have a faster response time.""The pricing and licensing are pretty complex.""When we need to find the queries there is no user interface, it is the only textual format that is bulky. If we need some data we will use Athena for queries and we will get results. When comparing this solution to others, such as DataDog, they provide a wonderful UI, and user-friendly dashboards, and many other features that this solution is lacking.""It could maybe use more integration.""We need the mapping to Windows. That feature is needed in S3. That feature is in the Azure cloud where we can map it like a drive. We can map the cloud storage to the effort driving our Windows PC. But Amazon is not providing that feature for the S3 solution.""They could always increase object storage ability."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "It has flexible pricing. You are charged based on your storage."
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  • "The licensing is pay as you go, and I'm happy with the pricing."
  • "The cost of storage is cheap. However, the cost to have a better interface can get expensive. We are using Athena for this purpose and if we did some heavy queries the cost will start adding up. When the Athena query is running, it will scan the bucket and they charge for how many GBs we are going to scan. The function of scanning has a lot of costs attached to it, this is a negative point."
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    Amazon EFS is easy to set up: you can use the AWS management console, API, or command-line. Amazon EFS can grow to petabytes and deliver consistent low latencies and high levels of throughput. This… more »
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    Amazon S3 has multiple types of data detection. You can store data on a monthly basis, yearly basis, and long term basis.
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    The licensing is pay as you go, and I'm happy with the pricing.
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    The only pain point is migrating the life cycle policy because if someone is a newbie, they cannot easily create the life cycle policy. This is because there are multiple, additional ways. If I want… more »
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    Also Known As
    S3, Simple Storage Service
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    Overview

    Amazon Elastic File System (Amazon EFS) provides simple, scalable file storage for use with Amazon EC2 instances in the AWS Cloud. Amazon EFS is easy to use and offers a simple interface that allows you to create and configure file systems quickly and easily. With Amazon EFS, storage capacity is elastic, growing and shrinking automatically as you add and remove files, so your applications have the storage they need, when they need it.

    When mounted to Amazon EC2 instances, an Amazon EFS file system provides a standard file system interface and file system access semantics, allowing you to seamlessly integrate Amazon EFS with your existing applications and tools. Multiple Amazon EC2 instances can access an Amazon EFS file system at the same time, allowing Amazon EFS to provide a common data source for workloads and applications running on more than one Amazon EC2 instance.

    It’s designed for high availability and durability, and provides performance for a broad spectrum of workloads and applications, including Big Data and analytics, media processing workflows, content management, web serving, and home directories.

    Amazon Simple Storage Service is storage for the Internet. It is designed to make web-scale computing easier for developers.

    Amazon S3 has a simple web services interface that you can use to store and retrieve any amount of data, at any time, from anywhere on the web. It gives any developer access to the same highly scalable, reliable, fast, inexpensive data storage infrastructure that Amazon uses to run its own global network of web sites. The service aims to maximize benefits of scale and to pass those benefits on to developers.

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    Arcesium, Atlassian, Seeking Alpha, Zend
    Netflix, Airbnb, Thomson Reuters, Zillow, Alert Logic
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    Media Company8%
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    Large Enterprise32%
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    Amazon EFS (Elastic File System) is ranked 7th in Public Cloud Storage Services with 2 reviews while Amazon S3 is ranked 5th in Public Cloud Storage Services with 8 reviews. Amazon EFS (Elastic File System) is rated 8.6, while Amazon S3 is rated 9.0. The top reviewer of Amazon EFS (Elastic File System) writes "Enables us to predict our storage needs over time and start small and grow as we need ". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Amazon S3 writes "Secure, scalable, and easy to manage and understand". Amazon EFS (Elastic File System) is most compared with Microsoft Azure File Storage, Google Cloud Storage, Amazon S3 Glacier, Google Cloud Storage Nearline and Amazon EBS (Elastic Block Store), whereas Amazon S3 is most compared with Oracle Cloud Object Storage, Amazon S3 Glacier, Microsoft Azure File Storage, Google Cloud Storage and Oracle Database Backup Service. See our Amazon EFS (Elastic File System) vs. Amazon S3 report.

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