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Krissi Danielson

Everyone Loves Amazon Elastic Block Store (EBS)

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The big news of the week has been Amazon's launch of its Elastic Block Store (EBS) offering. Amazon EBS works alongside Amazon's Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) service to improve the ability to allocate storage volumes in cloud computing. Reaction across the Web has generally been quite positive, with most feeling that the move further solidifies Amazon's status as a leader in cloud computing. (Anyone remember when Amazon was just an internet book seller?)

Dion Hinchcliffe of ZDNet speculates that the move may mean we're "ready to declare 'time of death' for the enterprise data center." He points out that the new offering means that the EC2 no longer has a maximum storage capacity of up to two terabytes with inefficient on-demand load times, but now with EBS, customers can have potentially even hundreds of terabytes in the "traditional format of choice."

TMCnet reporter Arun Satapathy quotes users singing similar praises of EBS, who represent a wide range of companies from Red Hat to Wired.com.

An article published on Sys Con by Thorsten von Eicken proclaims that the move is a step closer to the "Big SAN in the Sky" offering.

Got thoughts on EBS? Is it the greatest thing since sliced bread? Post 'em below.


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It will be interesting to see how they handle customer service as a component. I believe that will be much more of a road block to the doomsday prediction.

EBS is not a SAN by any means even though many articles on the internet refer to it as such. It is simply a way for EC2's to not lose their content in case of a failure.

Difference between SAN and EBS
- SAN is many more times faster than EBS
- SAN can connect to multiple servers in a clustered environment, EBS can only connect to one instance at a time. (This is one of the main reasons for someone to go with a SAN architecture).

Too bad, they have the potential but not the drive.

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