Introduction to Amazon Elastic File System (EFS)
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This lab introduces you to Amazon Elastic File System (EFS) using the AWS Management Console.
This lab demonstrates:
- Log into the AWS Management Console
- Create an Amazon EFS file system
- Log into an Amazon Linux EC2 instance
- Mount your file system to your instance
- Examine and monitor the performance of your file system
Other AWS Services
Other AWS Services than the ones needed for this lab are disabled by IAM policy during your access time in this lab. In addition, the capabilities of the services used in this lab are limited to what’s required by the lab and in some cases are even further limited as an intentional aspect of the lab design. Expect errors when accessing other services or performing actions beyond those provided in this lab guide.
What Is Amazon EFS?
Amazon Elastic File System (Amazon EFS) provides simple, scalable file storage for use with Amazon EC2 instances in the AWS Cloud. Amazon EFS is easy to use and offers a simple interface that allows you to create and configure file systems quickly and easily. With Amazon EFS, storage capacity is elastic, growing and shrinking automatically as you add and remove files, so your applications have the storage they need, when they need it.
When mounted to Amazon EC2 instances, an Amazon EFS file system provides a standard file system interface and file system access semantics, allowing you to seamlessly integrate Amazon EFS with your existing applications and tools. Multiple Amazon EC2 instances can access an Amazon EFS file system at the same time, allowing Amazon EFS to provide a common data source for workloads and applications running on more than one Amazon EC2 instance.
It’s designed for high availability and durability, and provides performance for a broad spectrum of workloads and applications, including Big Data and analytics, media processing workflows, content management, web serving, and home directories.
What is Amazon EC2?
Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) is a web service that provides resizable compute capacity in the cloud. It is designed to make web-scale cloud computing easier for developers.
What is Amazon CloudWatch?
Amazon CloudWatch is a monitoring service for AWS cloud resources and the applications you run on AWS. You can use Amazon CloudWatch to collect and track metrics, collect and monitor log files, set alarms, and automatically react to changes in your AWS resources. Amazon CloudWatch can monitor AWS resources such as Amazon EFS, as well as custom metrics generated by your applications and services, and any log files your applications generate. You can use Amazon CloudWatch to gain system-wide visibility into resource utilization, application performance, and operational health. You can use these insights to react and keep your application running smoothly. For further information, see the official Amazon Web Services Documentation for CloudWatch at https://aws.amazon.com/documentation/cloudwatch/.
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Common login errors
Error : Federated login credentials
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Error: You must first log out
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With Amazon EFS, you can have multiple Amazon EC2 instances access an Amazon EFS file system in the same AWS region, so applications that scale beyond a single instance can access the same data. Regions are dispersed and located in separate geographic areas (US, EU, etc.). Availability Zones are distinct locations within a region that are engineered to be isolated from failures in other Availability Zones and to provide inexpensive, low-latency network connectivity to other Availability Zones in the same region. Amazon EC2 instances running in different Availability Zones (AZs) within the same region can access the file system, so your users can access and share a common data source.
By creating file systems and instances in separate regions, you can design your application to be closer to specific customers or to meet legal or other requirements. By launching instances in separate Availability Zones, you can protect your applications from localized regional failures.
For more information about regions, see http://docs.aws.amazon.com/general/latest/gr/rande.html.
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