EFS is simple, highly-available NFS for your cloud environment.
September 12, 2019

EFS is simple, highly-available NFS for your cloud environment.

Chris Saenz | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Overall Satisfaction with Amazon Elastic File System (EFS)

We use EFS for back-end storage for our larger systems and platforms. It adequately solves the business problem of file-as-a-service. Rather than spin up a few VMs and employ something like DRBD, EFS will provide a highly-available, scalable NFS export that can be mounted in multiple availability zones. It has just enough options to make it robust and enterprise-ready while keeping it simple to set up in just a few clicks.
  • EFS is easily made high-availability.
  • EFS is simple to implement.
  • EFS uses native NFS file-sharing protocol.
  • EFS could be made highly-available across regions.
  • EFS could be made with a better on-premise extension than Cloud Gateway.
  • EFS could be made to support CIFS/SMB.
  • EFS has made managing NFS file exports easier with less administration.
EFS is essentially an NFS export offering, just simplified and accessible through all the automation and scalability that AWS offers. It provides high-available replicated data in multiple AZs with is akin to something like DRBD, but without having to manage the layer of software that does replication and keeps track of roles.
The documentation is sufficient for setting up and it is basic NFS for mounting so not much support is required. I have not had any issues to warrant a request with AWS support.

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It works well as run-of-the-mill NFS that is managed as a service rather than a server. It works anywhere NFS is usable.

Amazon Elastic File System (EFS) Feature Ratings

Service-level Agreement (SLA) uptime
Dynamic scaling
Elastic load balancing
Pre-configured templates
Monitoring tools
Pre-defined machine images
Operating system support
Security controls