Welcome back to our series explaining and translating AWS Simple Icons. In this essential entry, we cover the second set of icons: Storage. 

While AWS Simple Icons are free to use — and pre-loaded into Gliffy Diagram's shape library for your easy access — mapping each of these symbols to something meaningful can be overwhelming. Allow us to kick some of that overwhelm to the curb with the following handy guide.

In the table below, see the most current AWS Simple Icons in the Storage set listed by service category, complete with a brief introduction to the product or service symbolized and a link to more information. (Here's our guide to the Compute set, with subsequent sets to be posted regularly, so stay tuned).

AWS Simple Icons: Storage

AWS Storage Amazon S3

Amazon S3


Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) is object storage built to store and retrieve any amount of data from anywhere. It is designed to make web-scale computing easier for developers with a simple web services interface. 


AWS Storage Bucket


In terms of implementation, buckets are resources. Amazon S3 provides APIs so that you can create and manage these resources (you can also use the Amazon S3 console to perform these operations).


AWS Storage Bucket with Objects

Bucket with Objects

You can store any number of objects in a bucket


AWS Storage Object


An object can be a key, version ID, value, metadata, sub-resource, or access control information.  



AWS Storage Amazon EFS 

Amazon EFS



Amazon Elastic File System (EFS) provides scalable file storage for use with Amazon EC2. You can create an EFS file system and configure your instances to mount the file system. You can use an EFS file system as a common data source for workloads and applications running on multiple instances. 

Amazon EFS is not supported on Windows instances.


AWS Storage File System

File System

Amazon EFS provides elastic, shared file storage that is POSIX-compliant. The file system you create supports concurrent read and write access from multiple Amazon EC2 instances and is accessible from all of the Availability Zones in the AWS Region where it was created.


AWS Storage Amazon Glacier

Amazon Glacier 



Amazon Glacier is a storage service optimized for infrequently used data, i.e. "cold data." The service provides extremely low-cost durable storage with security features for data archiving and backup. 


AWS Storage Archive


An archive is any object (such as a photo, video, or document) that you store in a vault. Each archive has a unique ID and an optional description. 


AWS Storage Vault


A vault is a container that stores archives. When you create a vault, you specify a name and a region in which you want the vault. 


AWS Storage Amazon Storage Gateway

AWS Storage Gateway



AWS Storage Gateway is a service that connects an on-premises software appliance with cloud-based storage to provide a seamless and secure integration between your on-premises IT environment and the AWS storage cloud infrastructure.


AWS Storage Cached Volume


 Cached volume allows you to store your data in Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) and retain a copy of frequently accessed data subsets locally.


AWS Storage Non-Cached Volume

Non-Cached Volume


A volume gateway provides cloud-backed storage volumes that you can mount as Internet Small Computer System Interface (iSCSI) devices from your on-premises application servers. 


AWS Storage Virtual Tape Library

Virtual Tape Library


AWS Storage Gateway provides a virtual tape library (VTL) for each tape gateway you activate. Initially, the library contains no tapes, but you can create tapes whenever you need to. 


AWS Storage AWS Snowball

AWS Snowball*



AWS Snowball is a petabyte-scale data transport solution that uses devices designed to securely transfer large amounts of data in and out of the AWS Cloud. 


AWS Storage Import-Export



The AWS Snowball Management Console is where you'll create and manage jobs to import and export data from Amazon S3. 



AWS Storage Volume

Amazon EBS


Amazon Elastic Block Store (Amazon EBS) provides block level storage volumes for use with EC2 instances. EBS volumes are highly available and reliable storage volumes that can be attached to any running instance that is in the same Availability Zone.


AWS Storage Snapshot



You can back up the data on your Amazon EBS volumes to Amazon S3 by taking a point-in-time snapshot. Snapshots are incremental backups, which means only the changed blocks on your device after your most recent snapshot are saved. 


AWS Storage Volume



An Amazon EBS volume is a durable, block-level storage device that you can attach to a single EC2 instance. You can use EBS volumes as primary storage for data that requires frequent updates or for throughput-intensive applications that perform continuous disk scans.

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* Refers to services that are listed under multiple categories