Posted On: Apr 1, 2020

Starting today, Amazon Elastic File System (Amazon EFS) General Purpose mode file systems support up to 35,000 read operations per second, a 400% increase from the previous limit of 7,000. Maximum write operations are unchanged at 7,000 per second. 

General Purpose (GP) mode is the default performance mode for Amazon EFS. It offers the lowest per-operation latency and is the recommended choice for most applications. EFS also offers the MaxIO performance mode which can scale to higher levels of aggregate throughput and over 500,000 file operations per second, with slightly higher latencies than GP mode. 

With this launch, customers can benefit from increased performance for workloads that need the lower latency of GP mode but also require a higher number of read operations. Use cases that can particularly benefit include Electronic Document Interchange (EDI), Continuous Integration and Deployment (CI/CD), document management, web serving, and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP). 

All existing and new GP file systems automatically have the new read operations limit enabled at no additional cost and with no action required. The new limit is available in all regions where EFS is available. For additional details on how read and write operations contribute to total file operations, see the Amazon EFS Quotas and Limits page.