Amazon Big Data Services powers up with two new EBS Storage Volumes

One factor which plagues your AWS monthly bill is the amount spent on dealing with Big Data workloads. Amazon Web Services offers a solution with the launch of two new low cost volume types for its Elastic Block Store (EBS) service that are powered by traditional, spinning disk hard drives.

EBS adds Throughput Optimzed HDD & Cold HDD volume types

The new Throughput-Optimized HDD and Cold HDD EBS volume types let companies store files cheaply in a way that’s still useful for big data workloads like MapReduce and Kafka. The Throughput-Optimized service is aimed at apps that use data frequently, while the Cold HDD service is built for applications that reference items less frequently.

Sysfore has an incredible expertise in Big Data implementations. Contact our cloud experts and you’ll get the best deals for your EBS storage requirements.

Amazon’s interest in EBS began in 2008, with continued innovations which allow customers to optimize their storage performance and cost for a wide range of workloads.

In 2012, AWS began offering Amazon EBS volumes that incorporated advances in SSD technology to deliver high-performance persistent storage for latency-sensitive transactional workloads like databases that require consistently high input/output operations per second (IOPS).

Snapshot of the new storage volumes:

You can get more information from the official Amazon website about the EBS Throughput Optimized HDD (st1) and Cold HDD (sc1) volumes, visit

  • Amazon Web Services offers customers predictable performance for throughput-intensive and big data workloads with large data sets, large input/output (I/O) block sizes, and sequential I/O patterns.
  • Amazon EBS customers pay only for the storage they provision, with no additional charges for throughput, and prices start at $0.025/GB month.
  • Both these EBS storage volumes deliver low cost HDD storage with the predictable high-throughput required to meet the processing needs of big data applications.
  • Throughput Optimized HDD (st1) volumes include a maximum throughput up to 500 MB per second per volume and Cold HDD (sc1) volumes have a maximum throughput of 250 MB per second per volume.
  • All EBS volume types offer durable snapshot capabilities and are designed for 99.999 percent availability.
  • Customers can now call on a new 80TB Snowball storage appliance, along with the already existing 50TB Snowball to ship their data securely from on-premises servers to Amazon’s.
  • Users who don’t have Snowball-sized amounts of data to move, can opt for the S3 Transfer Acceleration service, which is designed to get moderate amounts of data transferred quickly into the AWS Simple Storage Service (S3).
  • It uses the AWS edge network, which is also used for Amazon’s Cloudfront CDN and Route 53 DNS service, along with optimized network protocols, to let users upload files to S3 up to 550 percent faster than they’d be able to with a straightforward data transfer.

These storage service moves are going to help Amazon customers get data into the cloud faster, which is particularly important for companies undergoing cloud migrations.

Sysfore can help you implement the new Amazon EBS storage volumes for your business. You contact us at or call us at +91-80-4110-5555 to know more.

April 12, 2016 – Just 1 More Day For Microsoft SQL Server 2005 – Rest in peace!

This means there will be no further security updates, increasing the likelihood of added costs to maintain legacy servers against interruptions and intrusions.

SQL Server 2005 support ends April 2016 – Here’s why that’s a good thing

You need to kick things into high gear, as Microsoft is ending support for SQL Server 2005 on April 12, 2016. The platform has been supported for a decade and Microsoft will no longer be patching the software after this date.

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If you are looking to get out of this situation, Microsoft recommends that you move to SQL Server 2014 or Azure SQL database. If ensuring business-critical performance, maintaining security and compliance, and optimizing your data infrastructure are important to you, Sysfore has the tools and resources to support your migration from SQL Server 2005.

Sysfore offers you a Free Assessment to move your workloads to:

  • Microsoft Azure
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2014
  • Microsoft SQL Server On-Demand
  • SQL Server as a Service

Now’s the perfect time to deploy Microsoft SQL Server 2014. It enables faster data processing and performance, but that’s just the beginning.

Another update is that Microsoft will be releasing SQL Server 2016 this year but at this time (and it is also headed to Linux), it is not ready for general release and is still in the late-phase testing. You can try out that platform too but only 2014 is considered ‘production grade’.

If after April 12 you are still running SQL Server 2005, the software will continue to function but if any new exploits are found in the software, they will not be patched. In short, by running Server 2005 after this date you are putting your data at risk and more importantly, this software will become a line item on a security audit.

You can leverage Sysfore’s Technical expert in Cloud Databases and Storage by getting your Free Assessment. In addition to this, Microsoft has put together a page providing resources that will be of assistance if you are planning on upgrading from SQL Server 2005 to any other version; you can find that resource here.

Forget to upgrade your database and you’ll get into trouble putting your data at risk!

Call us at +91-80-4110-5555 to book your appointment with Sysfore or mail us at

Deliver Content Through Amazon CloudFront CDN Services

CloudFront is the Content Delivery Network (CDN) from  AWS. It is a delivery service used by businesses to distribute their static and dynamic content to the users with low latency (time it takes to load the first byte of the object), high transfer speeds and with minimum costs.

Amazon CloudFront helps to speed up distribution of your content like your HTML, CSS and image files to end users. It integrates with the other Amazon Web Services, like Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3), Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2), Amazon Elastic Load Balancing, and Amazon Route 53. It also works with the other non AWS origin servers which stores the original versions of your files.


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