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