Hands on with Amazon Storage Gateway


Become An Insider

Sign up now and get free access to hundreds of Insider articles, guides, reviews, interviews, blogs, and other premium content from the best tech brands on the Internet: CIO, CSO, Computerworld, InfoWorld, IT World and Network World Learn more.

Amazon's new Storage Gateway offers a twist on cloud-based backups, but beware of the rough edges

Last week, Amazon announced the most recent addition to its AWS product portfolio: The Amazon Storage Gateway, a simple, powerful way to back up on-premise data to Amazon's S3 storage infrastructure.

But the Storage Gateway is not just a cloud-based backup solution. It also opens the door to using Amazon EC2 instances as a means to provide disaster recovery.

To get a better feel for the possibilities, I decided to set one up for myself. What I found is an initial release product that is not without some serious limitations, but well worth the time to experiment with, nonetheless.

A quick tour of Amazon Storage Gateway
In basic terms, the Amazon Storage Gateway is a virtual appliance that allows you to snapshot your own on-premise storage into Amazon's highly redundant  AWS S3 storage infrastructure. In that sense, it seems much like other cloud backup offerings. But there are some crucial differences.

You're viewing Insider content

You Might Like
Join the discussion
Be the first to comment on this article. Our Commenting Policies