Amazon Glacier is a service that is under the Amazon Web Service flagship by the Amazon. It is a low-cost, online storage service. The best aspect of the service is that you will have to pay only for the amount of space that you use and minimal cost of data transfers. It is a service that is similar to another service of Amazon by name of Amazon S3 but is a lot cheaper. The reason it is cheaper is that the bandwidth is low and is designed for strong low utility data. It has been optimized for the data such as old pictures, videos, music, projects etc. that you use very rarely. That’s why they have kept the storage space price at one penny for a gigabyte of storage space on server. If you transfer the data in any form, then you will be charged accordingly.
Features of Amazon Glacier
A key feature that you have to understand about Glacier is that it is not designed to getting quick access to data. Neither it will upload the data quickly nor download it, unlike S3. The utility is still a great one as it comes to be at a dirt-cheap cost. The exchange may take 3 to 5 hours on a standard internet connection which is very slow considering other options, but then you can back up your unlimited memories for few pennies.
The files and folders are stored in Vaults and each file or zipped folder is called an archive. A single archive can be of 40 TB. If you need any file, then you have to download the archive which has that file.
Benefits of the Amazon Glacier
We will now look at the benefits of Amazon Glacier.
- The primary benefit is the cost saving nature of Amazon Glacier. On other Cloud storage you will have to pay around $3-$5 per month for mere 10 GB of space and at Glacier you have to pay just $0.10.
- The storage space that you can use is virtually unlimited. You can store archives as big as 40TB at once. All you need is a fast internet connection.
- If you are a user who sets and forgets about the backup for a long time then this is the best choice for you as you don’t have to pay anything if you are not retrieving any data and the storage space cost is so minimal that maybe you won’t even notice it in your credit card statement.
- If you are a developer and your system keep on crashing, then this is the best option to restore all your system data from a single place rather than searching it through numerous of external hard disks.
All these bundled benefits are really great for those who are interested in a dirt-cheap data storage service. As it is designed to be slow and cheap, make sure you are backing that data which you won’t be using for a long time. We hope that article gave you an insight on the usefulness of Glacier.