Store On-Premise Data in the Cloud with AWS Storage Gateway
The online and offline worlds are becoming increasingly linked, and Amazon wants to continue to drive that connection with the release of AWS Storage Gateway, a tool designed to connect on-premise software appliances with their corresponding cloud storage services.
This new service will make cloud products more readily accessible to people working almost exclusively with on-premises IT. Customer data centers will be backed up in AWS's S3 storage as EBS snapshots for full recovery on on-premise hardware in the future. These files will also be available as Amazon EBS volumes, "enabling you to easily mirror data between your on-premises and Amazon EC2-based applications."
"Gateways" will run in a data center and support as much as 12 volumes and 12TB of storage.
Eventually, a range of technologies will be supported by the Storage Gateway; however, the service will only use VM image for VMware ESXi 4.1 at launch.
Current AWS users will be able to test out a free trial of Storage Gateway. After that, it will run at $125 a month, with additional rates for EBS snapshot storage and outbound data transfer.
Check out the AWS blog for more information on AWS Storage Gateway, including a fun chart and video.