Amazon Adds Persistent Storage to EC2

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Amazon, today, announced the launch of a new web service today called the Elastic Block Store, or EBS.  The latest service provides persistent storage for EC2 computing instances.  Previously, EC2 customers were only able to access temporary storage as part of the compute instance.  [Think scratch storage]. Namely via the S3 online storage offering.

The biggest difference between the S3 storage and the EC2 offering is the availability of block-level access.  Ooooo… sounds neat!  The key value for enabling persistent block-level access is obviously performance.  No longer would one be required to access storage via web services and/or HTTP.  You can now mount it and write to it just like you own the place.

So, who’s going to be the first to rent multiple of these block devices and mount a clustered file system on it? Any takers?

For more info, read the full article here.


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