Today, most cloud storage solutions are designed for persistence in order for them to be sustained through any type of failure. AWS provides distinct types of storage services that can be divided into two broader categories: persistent and ephemeral. Persistent storage is useful for Filesystem, database storage, analysis, IoT data, distribution of content, backups, and more. Amazon EBS, Amazon S3, and Amazon EFS are highly fault-tolerant persistent storage options. Amazon EC2 instance storage is an AWS ephemeral storage option. In this two-part series, we will look more closely at uses for ephemeral storage and examine a particular use case—how to back up MySQL data from the instance store storage to EBS. We will also illustrate how to automate this process using N2WS Backup & Recovery (CPM).
Why Choose Ephemeral StorageWhile every organization wants their data to be persistent, there are different use cases for which having persistent data is not a priority. For organizations that place more focus on processing data than storing it, for example, the Amazon EC2 instance store (ephemeral) is the ideal option. Consider the following additional potential uses:
- To store cached data/logs of a website or web application.
- To store buffer data or temporary analytics calculation data, such as Hadoop jobs.
- To achieve fault-tolerant architecture. For example, it can be used as a root volume for instances under a load balancer if you don’t need the data to persist when instances host web servers.
- Allows the user wants to reduce costs. EBS volumes as instance store volumes do not come with additional costs for storage.
- Instance store volumes are temporary, which means that if the instance is deleted by mistake or there is a failure of hardware, whole data will be lost.
- If the instance store is attached as an additional volume to an EBS-backed instance for temporary storage, every start and stop of the instance will reset the data.
Use Case with MySQL DatabaseFollow the steps below:
- Create an EC2 instance with an instance store volume attached.
- Set up a MySQL database and enter some data.
- Attach an EBS volume to the same instance to take MySQL dumps.
- Write a before script in CPM that will copy database backup to EBS directly before backup.
- Set up CPM with EBS automated backup.
- An instance store is over 5x faster than EBS-SSD for uncached reads.
- An instance store is over 10x faster than EBS-SSD for writes.