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Amazon EBS vs Rackspace Cloud Files: What are the differences?

What is Amazon EBS? Block level storage volumes for use with Amazon EC2 instances. Amazon EBS volumes are network-attached, and persist independently from the life of an instance. Amazon EBS provides highly available, highly reliable, predictable storage volumes that can be attached to a running Amazon EC2 instance and exposed as a device within the instance. Amazon EBS is particularly suited for applications that require a database, file system, or access to raw block level storage.

What is Rackspace Cloud Files? Store it on Cloud Files, serve it fast on Akamai's CDN. Cloud Files, powered by OpenStack®, provides an easy to use online storage for files and media which can be delivered globally at blazing speeds over Akamai's content delivery network (CDN).

Amazon EBS and Rackspace Cloud Files belong to "Cloud Storage" category of the tech stack.

Some of the features offered by Amazon EBS are:

  • Amazon EBS allows you to create storage volumes from 1 GB to 1 TB that can be mounted as devices by Amazon EC2 instances. Multiple volumes can be mounted to the same instance.
  • Amazon EBS enables you to provision a specific level of I/O performance if desired, by choosing a Provisioned IOPS volume. This allows you to predictably scale to thousands of IOPS per Amazon EC2 instance.
  • Storage volumes behave like raw, unformatted block devices, with user supplied device names and a block device interface. You can create a file system on top of Amazon EBS volumes, or use them in any other way you would use a block device (like a hard drive).

On the other hand, Rackspace Cloud Files provides the following key features:

  • Pay as you grow pricing starting at 10¢/GB/Mo.
  • Akamai CDN delivery of your content starting at 12¢/GB
  • Use as much or as little storage as you want

"Point-in-time snapshots" is the primary reason why developers consider Amazon EBS over the competitors, whereas "Akamai CDN" was stated as the key factor in picking Rackspace Cloud Files.

Airbnb, Medium, and Instacart are some of the popular companies that use Amazon EBS, whereas Rackspace Cloud Files is used by Accenture, Utrip, and RecordSetter. Amazon EBS has a broader approval, being mentioned in 179 company stacks & 47 developers stacks; compared to Rackspace Cloud Files, which is listed in 11 company stacks and 10 developer stacks.

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What is Amazon EBS?

Amazon EBS volumes are network-attached, and persist independently from the life of an instance. Amazon EBS provides highly available, highly reliable, predictable storage volumes that can be attached to a running Amazon EC2 instance and exposed as a device within the instance. Amazon EBS is particularly suited for applications that require a database, file system, or access to raw block level storage.

What is Rackspace Cloud Files?

Cloud Files, powered by OpenStack®, provides an easy to use online storage for files and media which can be delivered globally at blazing speeds over Akamai's content delivery network (CDN).

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      What are some alternatives to Amazon EBS and Rackspace Cloud Files?
      Amazon EFS
      Amazon EFS is easy to use and offers a simple interface that allows you to create and configure file systems quickly and easily. With Amazon EFS, storage capacity is elastic, growing and shrinking automatically as you add and remove files.
      Amazon S3
      Amazon Simple Storage Service provides a fully redundant data storage infrastructure for storing and retrieving any amount of data, at any time, from anywhere on the web
      Google Cloud Storage
      Google Cloud Storage allows world-wide storing and retrieval of any amount of data and at any time. It provides a simple programming interface which enables developers to take advantage of Google's own reliable and fast networking infrastructure to perform data operations in a secure and cost effective manner. If expansion needs arise, developers can benefit from the scalability provided by Google's infrastructure.
      Azure Storage
      Azure Storage provides the flexibility to store and retrieve large amounts of unstructured data, such as documents and media files with Azure Blobs; structured nosql based data with Azure Tables; reliable messages with Azure Queues, and use SMB based Azure Files for migrating on-premises applications to the cloud.
      Minio
      Minio is an object storage server compatible with Amazon S3 and licensed under Apache 2.0 License
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      Review ofRackspace Cloud FilesRackspace Cloud Files

      We use Rackspace Cloud Files to host static assets ( js/ css / some media ) and we're really liking it.

      tbh we use it because of the ability to serve files from Akamai CDN. You get the worlds best CDN server for a fraction of the cost.

      To conclude, it might not be as cheap as S3 , but if you care about files being served at the fastest way possible then Rackspace Cloud Files is the way to go.

      How developers use Amazon EBS and Rackspace Cloud Files
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      Opstax Ltd uses Amazon EBSAmazon EBS

      Opstax uses EBS storage to store images, snapshots and to write any data we need to keep when an instance is no longer.

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      nrise uses Amazon EBSAmazon EBS

      대부분의 EC2 의 스토리지는 EBS 를 마운트해서 사용하고 있습니다. 특히 데이터베이스 서버들의 경우 주기적으로 스냅샷을 생성하여 손쉽게 백업 관리를 진행하고 있습니다.

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      dnsimmons uses Rackspace Cloud FilesRackspace Cloud Files

      Cloud storage for projects.

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