EC2 Elastic Block Store (EBS) Volumes

IT workers must become familiar with managing Amazon Elastic Block Store (Amazon EBS) volumes and snapshots to properly handle the data storage problem in the cloud utilizing AWS. Elastic Compute Cloud, Amazon’s wildly popular Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) service, uses Amazon EBS volumes to provide persistent storage for compute instances (EC2).

What are EC2 Elastic Block Store (EBS) Volumes?

AWS’s (Amazon Web Services) Amazon Elastic Block Store is a cloud-based block storage solution that works well for storing permanent data.

The service offers highly available block-level storage volumes for use with Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) instances, while it is frequently wrongly referred to as Elastic Block Storage. Even after your EC2 instance has been terminated, you can continue to store data persistently on a file system thanks to Amazon EBS.

You pay for EBS once based on the volume size; there is no additional cost for I/O operations performed on your data stored in an EBS volume. 

How Does It Work?

To use with Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud, Amazon Elastic Block Store (Amazon EBS) is a high-performance, scalable, and user-friendly block-storage solution (Amazon EC2).


EBS Volume Types

Amazon EBS volumes are designed to provide the right storage performance and availability. You can create an EBS volume in one of the following types:

  • EBS Provisioned IOPS SSD (io1): For workloads that need consistent low latency, such as databases and analytics, use this option. This is the most cost-effective type of volume for high-performance workloads.
  • Cold HDD (sc1): Use this option for applications where cost is more important than performance and availability needs are minimal. This is a good choice for large data warehouses and other large data sets that don’t require frequent access to their stored data.
  • General Purpose SSD (gp2): For applications where consistent throughput and low latency are required, use this option. This is a good choice for workloads such as Web servers or application servers that do not require a high level of random I/O performance or availability.
  • Throughput Optimized HDD (st1): For applications that require high levels of sequential throughput at lower costs than SSDs, use this option. This is a good choice for workloads such as media repositories or file servers where high sequential reads/writes are common.

Use Cases

Some of the major use cases of EC2 Elastic Block Store (EBS) Volumes are as follows:

  • Data Analytics Engine: Easily resize clusters and detach and reattach volumes at will.
  • Business Continuity: By periodically backing up your data and log files across many geographic zones in China, Amazon EBS enables you to reduce data loss and recovery time. Restore new volumes to launch applications in new China regions as soon as possible.
  • NoSQL databases: Your preferred databases, such as SAP HANA, Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server, MySQL, Cassandra, and MongoDB, can be deployed and scaled.

Benefits of Amazon EC2 Elastic Block Store (EBS) Volumes

Some of the benefits of E2C Elastic Block Store Volumes are as follows:

Performance for Any Workload

EBS volumes can be attached to an instance, whether it’s running Windows or Linux. You can also create multiple EBS volumes on a single instance. This means you can choose the right volume size for your application and run it in an environment that best suits its requirements.


EBS volumes are encrypted at rest using industry-standard hardware encryption services provided by AWS Key Management Service (AWS KMS). You don’t need to worry about keeping your data safe because it’s encrypted before being written to disk and decrypted after being read from disk by your application.

Easy to Use

You can attach an EBS volume to any instance without installing or configuring software on the host machine. Once you’ve secured an EBS volume, you can start using it immediately with no additional configuration.

Virtually Unlimited Scale

With EBS volumes, you can scale up or down as needed. You can start with a small volume and add additional storage as your application needs to grow or scale down when you no longer need all the storage you have provisioned. This is a feature that many traditional storage systems do not offer due to their limited scalability.

Cost Effective

You can choose from five different EBS volumes based on price points and performance standards, so you can invest in the amount of storage you require while minimizing costs. For mission-critical workloads, high-performance volumes with high IOPS and high throughput are available for up to CNY per GB volumes that offer high cost-effectiveness. A further benefit of EBS Snapshots is that data is not duplicated, which reduces storage costs.


Businesses may select the necessary storage capacity for several use cases while maintaining an ideal balance between cost, performance, and dependability of their persistent data storage portfolio, thanks to the broad selection of Amazon Elastic Block Store.

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