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  • Carlo-TutorialsDojo

    December 5, 2020 at 12:49 am

    Hello Rumman,

    Amazon Elastic File System (EFS) is a fully managed elastic NFS file system. Its main use case is to provide a file system that is concurrently-accessible for up to thousands of Amazon EC2 instances. It is designed for workloads such as Big Data and analytics, media processing workflows, content management, web serving, and home directories.

    Technically, you can store files in EFS as you would in EBS or Amazon S3. However, just because you can doesn’t mean you should. The scenario requires an NFS-based storage solution for an application server. It won’t benefit from the “concurrency” that EFS offers as you only have a single server. Additionally, you need to set up either an AWS Direct Connect connection or a connection on an AWS virtual private network (VPN) to mount an EFS on an on-premises client.

    Let me know if that answers your question.


    Carlo @ Tutorials Dojo