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AWS Puts Storage Gateway into Hardware Appliance

Amazon Web Services Inc. has put its Storage Gateway -- for connecting on-premises applications to AWS storage services -- into a hardware appliance.

AWS Storage Gateway, which enables hybrid cloud storage with local caching functionality, is a cloud service for backup and archiving, disaster recovery, cloud data processing, storage tiering and migration.

"AWS Storage Gateway uses standard storage protocols (NFS, SMB, iSCSI, and iSCSI-VTL), so your applications can store files, block volumes, snapshots, and virtual tape backups in AWS," the company said in a post last week announcing the new hardware appliance that comes with Storage Gateway software pre-installed.

Specifically, that software runs on a validly configured appliance based on a Dell EMC PowerEdge server. AWS said it provides customers with another deployment option in addition to virtual machine implementations such as VMware ESXi, Microsoft Hyper-V or Amazon EC2.

The appliance can be bought on the Amazon Web storefront with an Amazon or Amazon Business account, for U.S. delivery, and is available in the US East (Northern Virginia), US East (Ohio), US West (Oregon) and US West (Northern California) AWS regions.

More information is provided in "Using the AWS Storage Gateway Hardware Appliance" documentation.

The new appliance joins other AWS hardware offerings such as the Snowball data transfer box.

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David Ramel is the editor of Visual Studio Magazine.

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