AWS EBS Volume Options Use cases.

EBS Provisioned IOPS SSD (io1)EBS General Purpose SSD (gp2)Throughput Optimized HDD (st1)Cold HDD (sc1)


Highest performance SSD designed for latency-sensitive transactional workloads

General purpose SSD that balances price and performance for a wide variety of transactional workloads

Low-cost HDD designed for frequently accessed, throughput intensive workloads

Lowest cost HDD designed for less frequently accessed workloads

Use Cases

I/O-intensive NoSQL and relational databases

Boot volumes, low-latency interactive apps, development, and test

Big data, data warehouses, log processing

Colder data requiring fewer scans per day 

Volume Size

4 GB-16 TB

1 GB-16 TB

500 GB-16 TB

500 GB-16 TB

Max IOPS/Volume

Max Throughput/Volume

1,000 MB/s

250 MB/s

500 MB/s

250 MB/s

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