Amazon wrapped up 2018 with a series of big announcements for AWS, including unveiling its new fully managed Windows file systems, Amazon FSx. Now that the new year is in full swing and the initial buzz has started to settle, many organizations are wondering, “how does this apply to us”? Whether you’re an existing Six Nines customer or simply trying to figure out if FSx is right for your organization, our team of skilled engineers will assess and determine if the new managed file Windows service can help your business.
Six Nines is the only Premier-tier AWS Consulting Partner focused on HPC and Windows Workloads. Having had the opportunity to preview the new service in advance as one of the official FSx launch partners – coupled with a decade of experience migrating Windows applications to the cloud – we’re sharing some expert insight directly from our experienced team of Windows and HPC experts.
What if you’re already running Windows in the cloud?
“What was once a manual process to configure shared storage is now managed by AWS. All facets improve with this service, including performance, simplicity, scalability, and long-term maintenance. FSx offers our existing customers an easier migration path since they’re already in AWS using more traditional means for shared storage.” – Jason Cutrer, CEO at Six Nines
“The Windows-specific shared storage problem was a common theme we’ve been helping customers address and overcome for almost a decade, and FSx solves it. Our customers now have easy access to a 100% Windows-compatible high performance file system that ultimately accelerates time-to-value.” – Eric Terrell, Managing Director at Six Nines
What if you’re thinking about moving your Windows applications to the cloud?
“FSx removes most of the barriers for migration. From predictable cost and performance to ease of automation and multiple layers of security, FSx means less risk, lower initial costs and faster time to value for companies looking to try Windows HPC in the cloud.” – Daniel Stinebaugh, Senior Systems Administrator at Six Nines
“Contorting EC2 to be a shared storage node is a thing of the past. With FSx, there’s no need to add additional resources to build out and maintain a performant Windows file server cluster. Users can leverage existing windows UNC file paths, data replication and unified naming.” – Matt Brucker, Senior Solutions Architect at Six Nines
What does this mean for HPC workloads, specifically?
“Better performance and faster speed of innovation. FSx is now enabling high performance databases using SQL. AI/ML for FSx for Lustre will allow data scientists to focus on their codes as opposed to the infrastructure, so they can get answers faster.” – Jason Cutrer, CEO at Six Nines
“FSx enables quick provisioning and blazing performance for ‘built in’ windows file sharing capabilities, including Windows File Server Replication and Windows Distributed File System (DFS).” – Doug Goldenberg, Cloud Solutions Architect at Six Nines
In summary, we’re thrilled to finally have a solution for our Windows customers that solves the shared storage gap for Windows Workloads. However, let’s be honest - there’s no such thing as one-size-fits-all. Whether you’re an existing customer or simply exploring your options for running Windows in the cloud, our team of highly skilled and deeply technical engineers can help evaluate and determine if Amazon FSx would benefit your business.
Visit our FSx resource to learn more about how the fully managed Windows file system reduces the operational overhead of managing a file server and lets you focus on your business application needs.
To find out if FSx is a fit for your organization, contact us for a complimentary evaluation today.