I’m increasing my usage of Amazon EBS volumes. I tend to use objects I’ve written in PHP or ColdFusion for writing data to Amazon S3. I haven’t historically used EBS volumes much, because data tends to be needed across multiple instances.
I’m taking another look at them. I’m going to use in a couple different scenarios:
- AMI Root Device Type – I’m switching all of my Amazon Machine Images to be EBS Root Device Type. This will help with faster launching and persistence of the AMI.
- Second Instance Drive – Many of the instances I deploy use the C: drive as the system, and D:, E: and other drives as secondary data storage. I will start using EBS Volumes for all secondary drives.
I will still be using key Amazon S3 buckets for global storage of images, video, audio and other files that I use across servers and deliver to different availability zones worldwide.
Amazon just released CloudWatch Metrics for Amazon EBS Volumes, which should make my EBS deployments much easier to manage.