Jan 27, 2012

What do you think about Amazon's Storage Gateway for data backup?

This week saw release of the beta version of Amazon's Storage Gateway, which automatically mirrors local data and backs it up in Amazon's could. Storage Gateway is downloaded "in the form of a VMware ESXi virtual machine" and then customers allocate onsite disks to the gateway, and copies of data is uploaded to the cloud while it also stays on premises. It seems that this is one of the easiest methods to ensure data backup, although I'm not sure if the upload to Amazon occurs in real time or on a schedule. Has anyone had any experience with Storage Gateway yet? Is there comparable software out there that does something like this already?


I think this has the potential to be a significant boon to businesses' disaster recovery/continuity planning.  I haven't seen Storage Gateway in use yet, but it seems to be a pretty seamless integration into existing host hardware.  With a storage capacity of up to 12TB, it should have sufficient capacity for the vast majority of users.  I also heard that some cloud providers are already starting to offer backup services making use of AWS Storage Gateway, which should go a long way toward making its use a common backup option.  At $125 per month, it will cost a lot less than a traditional off-site backup, which also will go a long way towards establishing its place in the marketplace. 

It's a very interesting move on Amazon's part. They have had a pretty good reputation in terms of customer service and it could work out well for them if companies decide to use their service. I have not used it, but I would not underestimate their ability to make inroads with this kind of thing.

For those who aren't familiar with it, here's more information:


"The AWS Storage Gateway is a service 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).

Using the AWS Storage Gateway, you can back up point-in-time snapshots of your on-premises application data to Amazon S3 for future recovery. In the event you need replacement capacity for disaster recovery purposes, or if you want to leverage Amazon EC2’s on-demand compute capacity for additional capacity during peak periods, for new projects, or as a more cost-effective way to run your normal workloads, you can use the AWS Storage Gateway to mirror your on-premises data to Amazon EC2 instances. "
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