Amazon FSx for Windows File Server

Fully managed file storage built on Windows Server

Amazon FSx for Windows File Server provides fully managed, highly reliable, and scalable file storage that is accessible over the industry-standard Server Message Block (SMB) protocol. It is built on Windows Server, delivering a wide range of administrative features such as user quotas, end-user file restore, and Microsoft Active Directory (AD) integration. It offers single-AZ and multi-AZ deployment options, fully managed backups, and encryption of data at rest and in transit. You can optimize cost and performance for your workload needs with SSD and HDD storage options; and you can scale storage and change the throughput performance of your file system at any time. Amazon FSx file storage is accessible from Windows, Linux, and MacOS compute instances and devices running on Amazon Web Services or on premises. 


Built on Windows Server

By providing fully managed storage built on Windows Server, Amazon FSx provides a rich set of administrative features that include end-user file restore, user quotas, and Access Control Lists (ACLs). With Windows Server's native support for the SMB protocol, Windows-based applications have access to fully compatible shared file storage. Since SMB file shares can also be accessed from Linux and MacOS, any application or user can access the storage regardless of operating system.

Simple and fully managed

You no longer have to worry about setting up and provisioning file servers and storage volumes, replicating data, installing file server software updates and patches, managing failover and failback, and manually performing backups. In minutes, you can easily create a fully managed file system in a single AZ or across multiple AZs using the Amazon Web Services Management Console, Amazon CLI, or Amazon SDK. Amazon FSx also provides automatic durable backups. Migrating file data into Amazon FSx is simple and fast with Amazon DataSync.

Low-cost SMB file storage in the cloud

Provide highly available, high performance storage to your Windows applications with full SMB support.
Lower storage costs by up to 60% with data deduplication and compression.
Strengthen data protection with encryption, file access auditing, and automated backups.
Increase application performance with sub-millisecond latencies and high throughput.

Fast and flexible performance

With Amazon FSx, you get the throughput, IOPS per file system, and consistent sub-millisecond latencies that your Windows workloads expect. To meet the price and performance needs of your workloads, Amazon FSx provides SSD and HDD storage options, and enables you to select a throughput level for your file system and change it at any time. Using DFS Namespaces, you can scale performance up to tens of gigabytes per second of throughput, with millions of IOPS, across hundreds of petabytes of data.

Secure and compliant

Amazon FSx provides multiple levels of security and compliance to help ensure your data is protected. Amazon FSx automatically encrypts your data at-rest and in-transit. Amazon FSx is designed to meet the highest security standards and it has been assessed to comply with ISO, PCI-DSS, and SOC certifications. You can monitor and log API calls using Amazon CloudTrail and audit end user actions on files and folders using Amazon CloudWatch Logs and Amazon Kinesis Data Firehose. To meet your data protection requirements, you can use Amazon Backup for centralized backup and compliance management for your Amazon FSx file systems.

Broadly accessible

Amazon FSx provides multiple levels of security and compliance to help ensure your data is protected. Amazon FSx automatically encrypts your data at-rest and in-transit. Amazon FSx is designed to meet the high security standards. Integration with Amazon CloudTrail monitors and logs your API calls letting you see actions taken by users on your Amazon FSx resources. To control user access, Amazon FSx integrates with your on-premises Microsoft Active Directory (AD) as well as with Amazon Web Services  Microsoft Managed AD.

How it works

Amazon FSx for Windows File Server provides fully managed shared storage built on Windows Server, and delivers a wide range of data access, data management, and administrative capabilities.

How Amazon FSx for Windows works

Use cases

Migrate Windows file servers to Amazon Web Services

Move Windows-based file servers to Amazon Web Services services while maintaining application compatibility.

Accelerate hybrid workloads

Consolidate on-premises storage in the cloud with low-latency access to fully managed file shares through Amazon FSx File Gateway

Reduce SQL Server deployment cost

Run highly available Microsoft SQL Server database workloads without the need for SQL enterprise licensing.

Simplify virtual desktops and streaming

Store user profile data on shared, persistent storage accessible from Amazon WorkSpaces.

Simple and seamless migration with Amazon DataSync

You can easily move your self-managed file systems to fully managed Windows storage on Amazon FSx in minutes with Amazon DataSync. Integration with Amazon DataSync automates and accelerates copying data over the internet or Amazon Direct Connect, and copies your files together with file attributes and metadata.

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