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Amazon S3 Glacier and S3 Glacier Deep Archive are a secure, durable, and extremely low-cost Amazon S3 cloud storage classes for data archiving and long-term backup. They are designed to deliver 99% durability, and provide comprehensive security and compliance capabilities that can help meet even the most stringent regulatory requirements. Businesses are running their photo, video, and file cloud storage applications in AWS to lower costs, improve time-to-market and easily scale their storage. AWS's object storage service, Amazon S3, stores hundreds of billions of objects, and it is built to store and retrieve any amount of data, at any time, from anywhere on the web. Prime members who stop their paid storage plan maintain unlimited, full-resolution photo storage and 5 GB of videos and documents storage included in Prime membership. Videos and non-photo files will be subject to storage limits.

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Long-term, secure, durable Amazon S3 object storage classes for data archiving, starting at $1 per terabyte per month

Amazon S3 Glacier and S3 Glacier Deep Archive are a secure, durable, and extremely low-cost Amazon S3 cloud storage classes for data archiving and long-term backup. They are designed to deliver 99.999999999% durability, and provide comprehensive security and compliance capabilities that can help meet even the most stringent regulatory requirements. Customers can store data for as little as $1 per terabyte per month, a significant savings compared to on-premises solutions. To keep costs low yet suitable for varying retrieval needs, Amazon S3 Glacier provides three options for access to archives, from a few minutes to several hours, and S3 Glacier Deep Archive provides two access options ranging from 12 to 48 hours.

RETRIEVALS AS QUICK AS 1-5 MINUTES

The Amazon S3 Glacier storage class provides three retrieval options to fit your use case. Expedited retrievals typically return data in 1-5 minutes, and are great for Active Archive use cases. Standard retrievals typically complete between 3-5 hours, and work well for less time-sensitive needs like backup data, media editing, or long-term analytics. Bulk retrievals are the lowest-cost retrieval option, returning large amounts of data within 5-12 hours. The Amazon S3 Glacier Deep Archive storage class provides two retrieval options ranging from 12-48 hours.

UNMATCHED DURABILITY & SCALABILITY

The Amazon S3 Glacier and S3 Glacier Deep Archive storage classes run on the world’s largest global cloud infrastructure, and were designed for 99.999999999% of durability. Data is automatically distributed across a minimum of three physical Availability Zones that are geographically separated within an AWS Region.

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MOST COMPREHENSIVE SECURITY & COMPLIANCE CAPABILITIES

The Amazon S3 Glacier and S3 Glacier Deep Archive storage classes offer sophisticated integration with AWS CloudTrail to log, monitor and retain storage API call activities for auditing, and supports three different forms of encryption. These storage classes also support security standards and compliance certifications including SEC Rule 17a-4, PCI-DSS, HIPAA/HITECH, FedRAMP, EU GDPR, and FISMA, and Amazon S3 Object Lock enables WORM storage capabilities, helping satisfy compliance requirements for virtually every regulatory agency around the globe.

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LOW COST

Amazon S3 Glacier and S3 Glacier Deep Archive are designed to be the lowest cost Amazon S3 storage classes, allowing you to archive large amounts of data at a very low cost. This makes it feasible to retain all the data you want for use cases like data lakes, analytics, IoT, machine learning, compliance, and media asset archiving. You pay only for what you need, with no minimum commitments or up-front fees.

MOST SUPPORTED BY PARTNERS, VENDORS, & AWS SERVICES

In addition to integration with most AWS services, Amazon S3 object storage services include tens of thousands of consulting, systems integrator and independent software vendor partners, with more joining every month. AWS Partner Network partners have adapted their services and software to work with Amazon S3 storage classes for solutions like Backup & Recovery, Archiving, and Disaster Recovery. No other cloud provider has more partners with solutions that are pre-integrated to work with their service.

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MEDIA ASSET WORKFLOWS

Media assets such as video and news footage require durable storage and can grow to many petabytes over time. The Amazon S3 Glacier and S3 Glacier Deep Archive storage classes allow you to archive older media content affordably 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. The Amazon S3 Glacier and S3 Glacier Deep Archive storage classes help you reliably archive patient record data securely at a very low cost.

REGULATORY AND COMPLIANCE ARCHIVING

Many enterprises like Financial Services and Healthcare must retain regulatory and compliance archives for extended durations. Amazon S3 Object Lock helps you set compliance controls to meet your objectives, such as SEC Rule 17a-4(f).

SCIENTIFIC DATA STORAGE

Research organizations generate, analyze, and archive vast amounts of data. With the Amazon S3 Glacier and S3 Glacier Deep Archive storage classes, 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 S3 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. The Amazon S3 Glacier and S3 Glacier Deep Archive storage classes have no upfront cost and eliminate the cost and burden of maintenance.

Sony DADC New Media Solutions moves its complete 20-petabyte video archive from LTO tape to Amazon S3
Celgene uses Amazon S3 to store hundreds of terabytes of genomic data.
Soundcloud uses Amazon S3 to store and process massive data sets every day.
Illumina uploads and stores massive genomics datasets in Amazon S3 cloud archive storage.

WHAT'S NEW
AWS Announces the General Availability of the Amazon S3 Glacier Deep Archive Storage Class in all Commercial AWS Regions and AWS GovCloud (US)
27 MAR 2019

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AWS ARCHITECTURE BLOG
S3 & S3 Glacier Launch Announcements for Archival Workloads
by Matt Sidley 26 NOV 2018

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Amazon S3 Intelligent-Tiering (S3 Intelligent-Tiering) is the only cloud storage class that delivers automatic cost savings by moving objects between four access tiers when access patterns change. The S3 Intelligent-Tiering storage class is designed to optimize costs by automatically moving data to the most cost-effective access tier, without operational overhead. It works by storing objects in four access tiers: two low latency access tiers optimized for frequent and infrequent access, and two optional archive access tiers designed for asynchronous access that are optimized for rare access.

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S3 Intelligent-Tiering works by storing objects in four access tiers: two low latency access tiers optimized for frequent and infrequent access, and two opt-in archive access tiers designed for asynchronous access that are optimized for rare access. Objects uploaded or transitioned to S3 Intelligent-Tiering are automatically stored in the Frequent Access tier. S3 Intelligent-Tiering works by monitoring access patterns and then moving the objects that have not been accessed in 30 consecutive days to the Infrequent Access tier. Once you have activated one or both of the archive access tiers, S3 Intelligent-Tiering will move objects that haven’t been accessed for 90 consecutive days to the Archive Access tier and then after 180 consecutive days of no access to the Deep Archive Access tier. If the objects are accessed later, S3 Intelligent-Tiering moves the objects back to the Frequent Access tier. If the object you are retrieving is stored in the Archive or Deep Archive tiers, before you can retrieve the object you must first restore a copy using RestoreObject. For information about restoring archived objects, see Restoring Archived Objects.

There are no retrieval fees when using the S3 Intelligent-Tiering storage class, and no additional tiering fees when objects are moved between access tiers within S3 Intelligent-Tiering. It is the ideal storage class for data sets with unknown storage access patterns, like new applications, or unpredictable access patterns, like data lakes.