Amazon EFS (Elastic File System) Review

Enables us to predict our storage needs over time and start small and grow as we need

What is our primary use case?

We need our storage to expand based on demand but storage is a bit costly. So we start with a smaller amount and, as we grow, we use EFS on demand. It manages our costs.

We can predict our storage which comes over a period of time. So it is better that we start small and it automatically helps us grow. 

What is most valuable?

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. 

What needs improvement?

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. We help create direct connectors to the cloud storage so we can just connect them like any regular databases. We just connect them then store it.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using Amazon EFS for around two years. 

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

We get some help from the local Amazon team so we don't have any problems with it. 

How are customer service and technical support?

We haven't needed to contact customer support. 

What about the implementation team?

We used an integrator for the deployment. 

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Initially, the cost of storage seems to be small. But customer cost for the storage is really very high and this doesn't work for India. We do not have that kind of economy and we are basic market users. This is really challenging and they should bring it down tremendously. The monthly cost is so high.

Now that social media is so popular, people will definitely need a lot of storage and if it can be brought down, people will be a lot happier to invest. I would suggest offering two terabytes or five terabytes per year for 1,000 rupees. It's a price that's more doable. 

What other advice do I have?

I would definitely recommend this solution. 

I would rate it an eight out of ten. They should look into what Google and other providers are offering. 

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

Public Cloud
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