Glacier – low cost storage

August 26th, 2012 by Stephen Jones Leave a reply »

Amazon Web Services  announced Glacier, a low-cost storage service customized for data archiving and backup,

Aareas that are a good fit for Glacier include: media archives, financial and health care records, raw genomic sequence data, long-term database backups, and information that has to be retained for regulatory compliance.

To get the lowest prices, data volumes above 5,000TB are needed. Unlike S3, there is no free tier offered for Glacier.

According to Amazon the two storage services are complementary. Enterprises should use S3 if they need low latency or frequent access to their data, while Glacier is a better fit if low storage cost is paramount; data is rarely retrieved; and data retrieval times of several hours are okay, .

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