Amazon's new AWS Storage Gateway helps connect businesses' on-premises software appliances with cloud-based data storage to better integrate local and AWS-based apps and data with a range of backup options.

Client and Cloud Shaking Hands

The upcoming service (available in beta) is another move by Amazon to make its way into businesses by offering cheap and reliable, low-latency performance. The benefit is that users can easily maintain and mirror data from on-premises storage hardware while asynchronously uploading data to AWS, where it is encrypted and stored on S3 services.

Not only does Storage Gateway offer handy backup and disaster recovery in case of emergency, but it can help to save funds by offering cheaper on-demand storage if your data center can't be stretched any further.  There are the inevitable pros and cons of the service, but for those who are already using Amazon, it makes sense to add an extra layer of storage for what was local data.

Data Go Home

When stored in S3, local applications can access the data as if it were stored on home servers using virtual machines and common storage protocol standards. The service can also be used to create historical snapshots of key data for preservation and archiving purposes. For more details, check out the FAQ.

Having recently added DynamoDB to AWS, and now offering Windows Server instances on EC2, Amazon seems to be taking a more aggressive approach in pushing its offerings out there to cash in on the hype of big data, as well as enterprises' pressing need for cheap storage and redundancy.

There's a 60-day free trial for the service and charges start from $125 per gateway a month and data charged at $0.14 per GB a month. Data is free to transfer into the service, but users are charged varying cent rates to transfer it back again.