Amazon Launches Glacier Data Archiving and Backup Service
The summer heat seems to be beating down everywhere except on Amazon HQ. Amazon Web Services (AWS) has launched Amazon Glacier, a new and low-cost cloud-based storage service for data archiving and backup.
Apparently in Amazon’s (NASDAQ: AMZN) world, it’s already winter. Leaving the name aside, Amazon Glacier was designed to be a “secure, reliable and extremely low cost” data archiving and backup storage solution that’s priced as low as 1 cent per Gigabyte per month. Amazon aims to compete on price with what it deems as more costly on-premise data archiving and backup solutions.
Amazon isn’t pulling any punches as it launches Glacier either. According to the cloud provider, “companies typically overpay for data archiving” due to required upfront payments and their inability to accurately guess what their capacity requirements will be. Of course, the company has a point, and AWS is simply reiterating two of the biggest benefits of cloud computing as a whole.
“Amazon Glacier changes the game for companies requiring archiving and backup solutions because you pay nothing up front, pay a very low price for storage, are able to scale up and down whenever needed, and AWS handles all of the operational heavy lifting required to do data retention well,” said Alyssa Henry, vice president of AWS storage services, in a prepared statement.
At least upon initial inspection, it looks as if Amazon Web Services has kept pricing for Glacier fairly simple, but the AWS online calculator is still a necessity to figure out how pricing scales. Basically, it cheaper and cheaper as the total storage capacity increases (not atypical).
Upon launch Amazon Glacier is being made available through five service areas — U.S.-East (northern Virginia), U.S.-West (northern California), U.S.-West (Oregon), Asia Pacific (Tokyo) and EU-West (Ireland) regions. It’s likely there will be others available in time as the service grows.
In addition to low-cost storage, Amazon Glacier has several other features that might be of interest to businesses looking for a cloud-based data archiving solution, including:
- Customers can offload administrative burdens such as operating and scaling archival storage to AWS, which the company stated removes the need for hardware provisioning, data replication across multiple facilities and hardware failure detection and repair.
- It has an average annual durability of 99.999999999 percent for each item stored. (How Amazon came up this number for a new service is beyond me.)
- Glacier automatically replicates all data across multiple facilities and performs ongoing data integrity checks, using redundant data to perform automatic repairs if hardware failure or data corruption is discovered.
- AWS also promises a safe and secure data storage environment that requires no additional effort from customers.