Amazon Web Services (AWS) has launched Amazon Elastic File System (Amazon EFS), a fully-managed service that lets users set up and create file systems in the AWS cloud that are accessible to multiple Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) instances via the Network File System (NFS) protocol.

Amazon EFS can automatically scale without needing to provision storage or throughput, and is designed to support a range of file workloads – from big data analytics, media processing, and genomics analysis, to latency-sensitive use cases such as content management, home directory storage, and web serving, says AWS. Customers can launch Amazon EFS using the AWS Management Console, AWS Command Line Interface (CLI), or AWS SDKs.

“As customers continue to move more and more of their IT infrastructure to AWS, they’ve asked for a shared file storage service with the elasticity, simplicity, scalability, and on-demand pricing they enjoy with our existing object (Amazon S3), block (Amazon EBS), and archive (Amazon Glacier) storage services,” said Peter DeSantis, vice president, Compute Services, AWS.

Customers already using Amazon EFS include Atlassian, Arcesium, Seeking Alpha, and Zend.

Amazon EFS is available in the US East (N. Virginia), US West (Oregon), and EU (Ireland) Regions and will expand to additional Regions in the coming months.

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