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Pros
"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.""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."

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"We like that the price is cheaper.""I like the price. If you compare Glacier to others, the prices in terms of what you store beyond retention are much lower."

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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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"I would like to see the retrieval time reduced.""The response times could be faster. When you are with Amazon and use Glacier, you expect a response time between four to seven hours to retrieve the data."

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  • "It has flexible pricing. You are charged based on your storage."
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  • "Amazon S3 Glacier is much cheaper than competing products."
  • "There is no license, you pay for what you use."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer: 
    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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    Our organization ran comparison tests to determine whether Amazon's S3 Glacier or Elastic Block Store data storage software was the better fit for us. We decided to go with Amazon's S3 Glacier, which… more »
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    I like the price. If you compare Glacier to others, the prices in terms of what you store beyond retention are much lower.
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    The response times could be faster. When you are with Amazon and use Glacier, you expect a response time between four to seven hours to retrieve the data. People will want to keep the content for a… more »
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    Amazon Glacier
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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 Glacier is a secure, durable, and extremely low-cost cloud storage service for data archiving and long-term backup. Customers can reliably store large or small amounts of data for as little as $0.007 per gigabyte per month, a significant savings compared to on-premises solutions. To keep costs low, Amazon Glacier is optimized for infrequently accessed data where a retrieval time of several hours is suitable.

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    Arcesium, Atlassian, Seeking Alpha, Zend
    King Cpunty, Illumina, Backupify, Nearmap.com, Scribd, Baylor College of Medicine, SoundCloud
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    Amazon EFS (Elastic File System) is ranked 7th in Public Cloud Storage Services with 2 reviews while Amazon S3 Glacier is ranked 10th in Public Cloud Storage Services with 2 reviews. Amazon EFS (Elastic File System) is rated 8.6, while Amazon S3 Glacier is rated 8.6. 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 Glacier writes "A cost-effective cloud storage service with good support". Amazon EFS (Elastic File System) is most compared with Microsoft Azure File Storage, Google Cloud Storage, Google Cloud Storage Nearline, NetApp Cloud Volumes Service for Google Cloud and Azure NetApp Files, whereas Amazon S3 Glacier is most compared with Amazon S3, Google Cloud Storage, Wasabi, Microsoft Azure Block Storage and Oracle Cloud Archive Storage. See our Amazon EFS (Elastic File System) vs. Amazon S3 Glacier report.

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