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AWS Glacier

Amazon Glacier is a secure, durable, and extremely low-cost storage service for data archiving and online backup. Customers can reliably store large or small amounts of data for as little as $0.01 per gigabyte per month, a significant savings compared to on-premises solutions. To keep costs low, Amazon Glacier is optimized for infrequently accessed data where a retrieval time of several hours is suitable.


  • Low Cost
    Starting at $0.01 per gigabyte per month, Amazon Glacier allows you to archive large amounts of data at a very low cost. You pay for what you need, with no minimum commitments or up-front fees.
  • Secure
    Amazon Glacier supports data transfer over SSL and automatically encrypts your data at rest. You can also control access to your data using AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM).
  • Durable
    Amazon Glacier provides a highly durable storage infrastructure designed for online backup and archival. Your data is redundantly stored across multiple facilities and multiple devices in each facility.
  • Simple
    Amazon Glacier allows you to offload the administrative burden of operating storage infrastructure to AWS. Data uploaded to Amazon Glacier remains stored for as long as needed with no additional effort from you.
  • Flexible
    Amazon Glacier scales to meet your storage needs. There is no limit to how much data you can store, and you can choose to store your data in the AWS region that supports your regulatory and business criteria.
  • Integrated
    Through Amazon S3 lifecycle policies, you can optimize your storage costs by moving infrequently accessed objects from Amazon S3 to Amazon Glacier (or vice-versa).

Use Cases

  • Media Asset Archiving
    Media assets such as video and news footage require durable storage and can grow to many petabytes over time. Amazon Glacier allows you to archive older media content reliably and then move it to Amazon S3 for distribution when needed.
  • Healthcare Information Archiving
    Hospital systems need to retain petabytes of patient records (LIS, PACS, EHR, etc.) for decades to meet regulatory requirements. Amazon Glacier helps you reliably archive patient record data securely at a very low cost.
  • Enterprise Information Archiving
    Many enterprises need to retain email, legal, financial, and other documents for extended timeframes due to regulatory or corporate policy. Amazon Glacier helps you archive such data in a simple, cost-effective way.
  • Scientific Data Storage
    Research organizations generate, analyze, and archive vast amounts of data. With Amazon Glacier, you avoid the complexities of hardware and facility management and capacity planning.
  • Digital Preservation
    Libraries and government agencies face data-integrity challenges in their digital preservation efforts. Unlike traditional systems, which can require laborious data verification and manual repair, Amazon Glacier performs regular, systematic data integrity checks and is built to be automatically self-healing.
  • Magnetic Tape Replacement
    On-premises or offsite tape libraries can lower storage costs but require large upfront investments and specialized maintenance. Amazon Glacier has no upfront cost and eliminates the cost and burden of maintenance.

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