AWS Storage Gateway Overview

AWS Storage Gateway is the #2 ranked solution in our list of top Cloud Storage Gateways. It is most often compared to StorSimple: AWS Storage Gateway vs StorSimple

What is AWS Storage Gateway?

AWS Storage Gateway is a hybrid storage service that enables your on-premises applications to seamlessly use AWS cloud storage. You can use the service for backup and archiving, disaster recovery, cloud bursting, storage tiering, and migration. Your applications connect to the service through a gateway appliance using standard storage protocols, such as NFS and iSCSI. The gateway connects to AWS storage services, such as Amazon S3, Amazon Glacier, and Amazon EBS, providing storage for files, volumes, and virtual tapes in AWS. The service includes a highly-optimized data transfer mechanism, with bandwidth management, automated network resilience, and efficient data transfer, along with a local cache for low-latency on-premises access to your most active data.

AWS Storage Gateway Buyer's Guide

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AWS Storage Gateway Customers

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Profesional Services Manager for EMEA
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Mar 4, 2020
Flexible, stable, and easy to configure

What is our primary use case?

I primarily use the solution as a gateway to AWS's storage solutions. It's a bundle of different services. We have it so that we can archive data and restore data from the archive.

Pros and Cons

  • "It's a cloud storage solution, which makes it quite flexible. If you have one terabyte today and need ten tomorrow, it's not a problem."
  • "We've had issues with bandwidth in the past, and we don't know where the bottlenecks are. We're not sure if it's on the AWS side or with the clients or the configuration in between. There's no visibility."

What other advice do I have?

Our organization works with an Amazon partner as preferred services consultants. I'd rate the solution eight out of ten. If there was more visibility into where issues originated when we had bandwidth problems, I'd give it a higher mark simply because it would help us better handle the issues we sometimes have. Also, because I'm not maintaining or configuring it myself, it's hard for me to fully gauge how well the product operates. However, I do find the solution to be quite flexible and it is evolving quickly. I'd warn others considering implementing it to follow the proper training and make…
Oded Kellner
VP of Product Management at Zadara
Real User
Top 20Leaderboard
Jan 13, 2020
Stable solution but the setup is complex and requires expertise

What is our primary use case?

The primary use case is simple. When you need especially high performance, and require the cache or a local copy of your data, you can't afford the round trip to the cloud and back each time you want to read something. So you keep your information stored locally, cached locally, and then the major repository is in the cloud.

What is most valuable?

The stability is probably the most valuable aspect of the product.

What needs improvement?

The product could be improved by making the setup process simpler. 

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using the product for a couple of years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The stability has to be a given. Without that, you wouldn't use the product. It needs to be a…
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Corporate Finance Head at a real estate/law firm with 201-500 employees
Real User
May 30, 2020
Better than the traditional way of having a physical server

What is our primary use case?

We use it to store data for all of our systems for our finance operations.

Pros and Cons

  • "The most valuable feature is that it requires less utilization of space, compared to storing directly to the database of the system. It offers a unique way of doing things."
  • "I cannot say it's perfect."

What other advice do I have?

From my perspective, it's better than the traditional way of having a physical server. It is much better than our previous solution. I know there are a lot of similar products like this but as it's in the cloud, I can say that it's much better for any company to have their system or their databases housed in cloud. Big and small companies big have to start migrating their systems. Especially during lockdown, it is much easier for us to work from the cloud, if the employees don't have access to an on-site system or the office. It makes it a lot easier to work from home. It's better if your…