More specifically, all S3 Glacier storage classes offer almost limitless scalability. Most importantly, AWS have developed them for data durability of 99.999999999%. Furthermore, the S3 Glacier storage classes provide the quickest access to your archive material. Last but not least, they also provide the most cost-effective archive storage in the cloud.
It is important to mention that there are 3 archive storage classes, each suited for distinct access patterns and storage durations. For instance, you can select the S3 Glacier Instant Retrieval storage class for archive material that requires quick access, such as:
- medical photographs
- news media assets
- genomics data
In addition, it is an archive storage class that provides the lowest cost storage with millisecond retrieval.
Moreover, you can utilize the S3 Glacier Flexible Retrieval for archiving data that does not require immediate access but requires the flexibility to retrieve huge quantities of data at no cost. These could be backup or disaster recovery use cases, with retrieval in minutes or free bulk retrievals in 5-12 hours.