Amazon–intent on Freezing out the competition for low cost storage with Glacier

Amazon Web Services (AWS) – recently released their Glacier their extreme lost-cost storage, archive, and backup service.

Amazon Glacier is described as:

    • Low costAmazon Glacieris an extremely low-cost, pay-as-you-go storage service that can cost as little as $0.01 per gigabyte per month, irrespective of how much data you store.
    • SecureAmazon Glaciersupports secure transfer of your data over Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) and automatically stores data encrypted at rest using Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) 256, a secure symmetric-key encryption standard using 256-bit encryption keys.
    • DurableAmazon Glacieris designed to provide average annual durability of 99.999999999% for each item stored.
    • FlexibleAmazon Glacierscales to meet your growing and often unpredictable storage requirements. There is no limit to the amount of data you can store in the service.
    • SimpleAmazon Glacier allows you to offload the administrative burdens of operating and scaling archival storage to AWS, and makes long term data archiving especially simple. You no longer need to worry about capacity planning, hardware provisioning, data replication, hardware failure detection and repair, or time-consuming hardware migrations.
    • Designed for use with other Amazon Web Services – You can use AWS Import/Export to accelerate moving large amounts of data into Amazon Glacier using portable storage devices for transport. In the coming months, Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) plans to introduce an option that will allow you to seamlessly move data between Amazon S3 and Amazon Glacier using data lifecycle policies.
Getting Started with Amazon Glacier

I’m particularly interested in the domestic consumer potential, though obvious Enterprise application potential is huge too.

As a domestic consumer, I already use Synology NAS products, which integrate with Amazon S3 for schedule backup to a secure, cost efficient, off-site storage location.  But as the Amazon Glacier FAQ points out :

Q: How should I choose between Amazon Glacier and Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3)? A:Amazon S3 is a durable, secure, simple, and fast storage service designed to make web-scale computing easier for developers.

  • Use Amazon S3 if you need low latency or frequent access to your data.
  • Use Amazon Glacier if low storage cost is paramount, your data is rarely retrieved, and data retrieval times of several hours are acceptable.

(high lighting by myself)

In the coming months, Amazon S3 will introduce an option that will allow customers to seamlessly move data between Amazon S3 and Amazon Glacier based on data lifecycle policies.

So as a domestic consumer – my local NAS device provides all the rapid access to content I require. What I need from offsite storage, is to be stable secure and cost effective, so I am hoping Amazon Glacier can provide exactly that.  Particularly, it will be the right place to store, photos, videos, and music content that once created and transfer to the appropriate folder can be kept on low cost storage like Amazon Glacier.

I am really looking forward to the further integration of Amazon S3 and Amazon Glacier, but also direct support of Amazon Glacier by Synology.

I certainly think Amazon Glacier is a step ahead of the rest of market, and set a very high barrier to market entry, with the delivery of such a low price point.

What do you think of Amazon Glacier – do you think you’ll end up as a user of the service?

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