Instance Store versus S3

30 Oct 2020

Learn how Instance Store differs from S3.

Instance Store S3
Type

Local

Web Service

Interface

Block Storage

REST API

Accessibility

EC2

Anywhere

Latency

Very Low

High

Throughput

Up to ~5,500 MB/s

Very High

Durability

Ephemeral

99.999999999%

Availability

Medium

99.99%

Replication

Single AZ

Multi-AZ (default), Multi-Region (optional)

Backups/Snapshots

n/a

n/a

Storage Costs (GB/month)

$0.25

$0.023