Amazon Web Services adds new storage tier for Elasticsearch customers

Amazon Web Services adds new storage tier for Elasticsearch customers
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7 May, 2020

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has made the UltraWarm storage tier for its Elasticsearch Service generally available.

The Elasticsearch Service makes it easy for users to collect, analyse and visualise machine-generated log data from websites, mobile devices and sensors. UltraWarm enables users of the service to keep more log data accessible for longer, at one-tenth the cost of existing options, according to a statement.

Customers in cities including Mumbai, Sao Paulo, London, Frankfurt, Paris, Tokyo, Seoul and Hong Kong can access the solution on Amazon Elasticsearch version 6.8 and above, the Seattle headquartered company said.

The Elasticsearch Service currently supports two storage tiers: hot and UltraWarm. While the former helps with indexing, updating and provides the fastest access to data, the latter offers a distributed cache for frequently accessed data. 

UltraWarm also uses advanced placement techniques to find blocks of data that are accessed rarely and can be moved outside the cache to cloud storage services such as Amazon Simple Storage Service, the company said.

Additionally, UltraWarm supports all Elasticsearch application programming interfaces (APIs), tools and features. It helps developers, DevOps engineers and information security experts use the Elasticsearch Service to analyse recent (weeks) and longer-term (months or years) operational data, without having to spend days restoring data from archives to an active searchable state, it added.

“UltraWarm is performance optimised, so customers can investigate and interactively visualise their data while they embrace data at scale,” Raju Gulabani, vice president of databases and analytics at AWS, said. 

Companies such as Sophos, Asurion and SparkPost currently use the UltraWarm service.

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UltraWarm can be enabled on existing or new domains using the AWS management console, command line interface (CLI) or software development kit (SDK), it said. 

Founded in 2006, AWS is a subsidiary of ecommerce giant Amazon that provides on-demand cloud computing platforms and APIs on a metered pay-as-you-go basis.

In February, industrial-to-consumer products manufacturer 3M signed on AWS to move its enterprise information technology (IT) infrastructure to the Seattle-based cloud services company’s platform.