Failure rate depends more on the number of disk blocks modified since the last snapshot of the EBS volume than the total size of the volume. EBS has a listed failure rate of 0.1% – 0.4% annually, compared to a commodity disk’s rate of 4%. At first glance, this appears to be great, but this is somewhat misleading as any real production setup will use some sort of RAID. Using a RAID 1 with two drives failing at 4% would give a failure rate of 0.16% annually, which appears to be line with EBS. As long as the failed drive…
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