The Amazon S3 Glacier storage classes are designed specifically for data archiving in the cloud, offering at the same time:
- the best performance
- retrieval flexibility
- cost-effective archive storage in the cloud
How do Amazon S3 Glacier storage classes work?
The Amazon S3 Glacier storage classes are designed specifically for data archiving, offering high-efficiency standards, retrieval flexibility, and cost-effective archive storage in the cloud. To clarify, there are now three archive storage classes to choose from, each suited for distinct access patterns and storage durations.
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.
Why Amazon S3 Glacier storage classes?
First of all, depending on the users’ demand, the Amazon S3 Glacier storage classes offer retrieval times ranging from milliseconds to hours. Secondly, for archives that require immediate access, such as medical photos or news media assets, this AWS service supports a millisecond retrieval.
Unmatched durability and scalability
In addition, the Amazon S3 Glacier are built for 99.999999999% durability. At the same time, they operate on an enormous cloud architecture with almost limitless scalability. Finally, within an AWS Region, data is repetitively stored across different Availability Zones that are physically isolated.
The most comprehensive security and compliance capabilities
Furthermore, the S3 Glacier storage classes support 3 types of encryption. What is more, they are integrated with AWS CloudTrail to log, monitor, and retain storage API call activities for auditing.
A low-cost solution
Another benefit of S3 Glacier storage classes is the fact that they support certain access patterns. As a result, they allow the user to archive vast volumes of data at a low cost.
Partner network and AWS services support
Apart from their integration with most AWS services the Amazon S3 include thousands of consultancy, systems integrator, and independent software vendor partners. Additionally, AWS Partner Network partners offer solutions to AWS clients such as:
- backup and recovery
- disaster recovery
For additional information regarding AWS’ backup and restore solution, contact RENVIS, an AWS registered partner.