A tier is a user-defined collection of node pools that you can specify as a storage pool for files. A node pool can belong to only one tier.

You can create tiers to assign your data to any of the node pools in the tier. For example, you can assign a collection of node pools to a tier specifically created to store data that requires high availability and fast access. In a three-tier system, this classification may be Tier 1. You can classify data that is used less frequently or that is accessed by fewer users as Tier-2 data. Tier 3 usually comprises data that is seldom used and can be archived for historical or regulatory purposes.