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Amazon Web Services in Action by Michael Wittig and Andreas Wittig

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Chapter 8. Storing your data on hard drives: EBS and instance store

This chapter covers

  • Attaching network storage to your EC2 instance
  • Using the instance store of your EC2 instance
  • Backing up your block-level storage
  • Testing and tweaking the performance of your block-level storage
  • Instance storage versus network-attached storage

Block-level storage with a disk file system (FAT32, NTFS, ext3, ext4, XFS, and so on) can be used to store files as you do on a personal computer. A block is a sequence of bytes and the smallest addressable unit. The OS is the intermediary between the application that wants to access files and the underlying file system and block-level storage. The disk file system manages where (at what block address) your files ...

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