(The Hosting News) – Looking to store data long term? Try storing it in ice. That’s the concept cloud provider Amazon Web Services went with on Tuesday when rolling out its new data archiving solution, Amazon Glacier.
The platform is ideal for companies required to store data for extended periods of time and starts at only one cent per gigabyte on a monthly basis.
And Amazon has a sticking point that it hopes will attract companies to the solution: No upfront costs. “Today, most businesses rely on expensive, brittle, and inflexible tape for their archiving solution,” commented VP of AWS Storage Services Alyssa Henry in a press release.
“This approach requires expensive upfront payments, is difficult to operate and maintain, and leads to wasted capacity and money. Amazon Glacier changes the game for companies requiring archiving and backup solutions because you pay nothing upfront, pay a very low price for storage, are able to scale up and down whenever needed, and AWS handles all of the operational heavy lifting required to do data retention well,” Henry continued.
So who would rely on such a solution? Amazon detailed two entities already on the platform. One of those was New York Public Radio with company CTO Steve Shultis emphasizing just how long his station needs data retained for. “An organization like ours thinks in centuries when it comes to content retention, and long term preservation of our Master Archives is a critical part our mission here at NYPR,” Shultis commented.
Meanwhile, another group called Complete Genomics is required by law to retain patient information and is working with Amazon Glacier as well.
The announcement follows previous news by Amazon in which the company indicated it would support coding language Python on AWS Elastic Beanstalk.