Elastic Block Store now easier than ever to use thanks to AmazonEC2
AmazonEC2 has proven itself to be different when it comes to their servers and other servers by providing a persistent local disk storage state to backup in case of shutdowns or other power outages. Amazons Elastic Block Store (EBS) is now able to maintain its systems in the same operational mode thanks to the databases provided by AmazonEC2.
While there are many benefits to using EBS volume as a data disk, one of the most important is that it separates the data from the operating system image. This means that when AmazonEC2 is used as an upgrade from a server with less computing power, the data drive can be reattached for it to be used there. After creating an EBS volume for EC2, you can use it to alias it to other devices, making it a much more efficient tool.
While at the current time, an EBS disk can only be attached to one server at any time, Amazon will soon be enabling an EBS volume that can be attached to multiple connections at once.
Benefits of using Elastic Block Store with AmazonEC2
There are countless reasons that running EBS with EC2 will benefit the structure of your system. These are a few that have helped with the transition so far:
- There is now persistent storage in the event of server failure – The data that would be lost can now be protected form server termination or failure. The system will run its normal recovery procedures and bring the database back up to data with the binary log data.
- There can be safety and replication – While the EBS volume is replicated across multiple servers, the data can be safer than the default storage instance.
- It generates improved performance – EBS IO rates are faster than other storage rates, allowing for beneficial IO bound databases.
- There is a larger data storage capacity – By placing different databases or table files with different EBS volumes, there can be larger LVM and RAID transported across those EBS volumes.
- AmazonEC2 can support instance type portability – By switching to EBS volume, you can increase the current lesser EC2 instance if it is not able to hold your growing demand. You can downgrade later if needed, but at least the backup is there should you need it.
- There are faster and easier backups provided – With the opportunity to take consistent, live, binary snapshots within just a few seconds, there is an added ability to create new EBS volume. This will allow another EC2 to run against an exact copy of the original database, opening up many more possibilities.
With AmazonEC2 making the Elastic Block Store more compatible and user friendly, there is no reason to use outdated technology, which is essentially living in the past. EC2 has paved the way for substantial improvements with EBS and the ever increasing opportunities for advancement will only help to make the partnership better.
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