New storage Elasticsearch tier in AWS

We all know the story of Goldilocks and the Three bears. One bed was too big, one bed was too small, and one was just right.

Well, until now in AWS for storage, it’s either been too big or too small (or too fast or too slow), with fast(ish) EBS and slow S3 being your choices. This has been a challenge for certain large-volume datasets that need fast performance, at least in the early phase.

An example of this has been log analytics. Something many of our customers use AWS (and specifically Elasticsearch) for.

Now, for log analytics at least, there is a “just right” option with UltraWarm storage tier for Elasticsearch. More about UltraWarm and Elasticsearch here.

Pricing wise, the UltraWarm Elasticsearch instances are about 70-120% more expensive than the non-UltraWarm PAYG instances, and can not be reserved at the moment. However, the UltraWarm managed storage is less than 1/5th the price of EBS SSD.

In other words, you can save up to 39% in some scenarios:

Is this a good business case for you? It depends, but we’ll be sure to include this savings opportunity in your Kostner SAVE analysis, if it does.