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Amazon Glacier is a low-cost cloud archiving and backup solution from Amazon Web Services.https://dudodiprj2sv7.cloudfront.net/product-logos/nQ/6E/1MWTJ85I15RP.pngHedge Fund Employee's Amazon Glacier ReviewWe've only recently begun to use Amazon Glacier for larger parts of the company, but we've been using Amazon Glacier for portions of our storage for 3 years. It helps provide extra redundancy in our data storage and the fact that it can be accessed from anywhere is a huge plus.,Globally accessible Inexpensive for the amount of data you can store compared to cost The name Amazon provides a lot of peace of mind,Billing system isn't the smoothest to operate Recalling information from glacier can run slow depending on type of data Customer support,10,Very good ROI, we can store huge amounts of data for minimal cost Allows our employees globally to access data,QuickBooks Pro, Google Drive, Google Hangouts, Slack, SkypeGreat service for companies already using S3 and other AWS servicesIt's being used to archive infrastructure and application logs. These are being being pushed into Glacier by lifecycle policies on S3 Buckets. These objects are very rarely retrieved.,Easy to implement, especially if you're using S3 lifecycle policies. Helps meet compliance requirements, especially when combined with vault lock policies. Very low cost.,Pricing for retrieval of large objects is too high.,8,Helped us meet compliance requirements while minimizing costs. Simple integration with almost no changes required to our existing S3 management policies.,,Amazon S3 (Simple Storage Service), Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2), Amazon CloudWatch, Amazon Web ServicesGreat service for cold data storage - unless you want to retrieve or modify it!We used Amazon Glacier to store backups of virtual machine images. A virtual machine image may take gigabytes and, considering that we made snapshots quite often, that would generate a lot of data very fast. Amazon Glacier turned out to be a cheap solution to store all that data.,Cheap storage of backup data. Can be used as a part of the entire suite of tools from Amazon, without requiring you to leave the familiar stack.,Enumeration of data takes hours. In order to get data back you'll need to do inventory of the bucket, but that takes a few hours to complete. Data and bucket deletion also requires inventory. Moreover, it is not possible to delete a bucket that has been recently written to - making bucket deletion a lengthy ordeal: first, you perform inventory, then delete your files, but you cannot delete the bucket as you recently deleted files, so you have to wait for another day in order to delete the bucket itself. While data storage is cheap and easy, data retrieval can be expensive as you only get a download quota that is a few percent of your storage.,7,Cheap backup storage - up to the level where it becomes only tiny fractions of your entire project, whereas other solutions would be much more expensive. The established reliability of AWS also makes you sleep better at night knowing your data is going to be OK.,Amazon S3 (Simple Storage Service), Rackspace and Google Cloud Storage,Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2), MariaDB, CakePHP, Amazon Relational Database Service, JIRA Software, Bitbucket,Data storage,Data retrieval, deletion and modification,6Glacier - Simple, cheap long-term storage, for the data you *probably* don't need.Glacier is an amazing way to start all the data you rarely need but have to store in case of emergency. It is being used by our technology department and allows us to keep massive amounts of files for very cheap, files we would rarely need but can't throw away.,Very inexpensive Easy to transfer files 24/7 availablity,Low availability Only access to files in small timeframes,10,Inexpensive storage. Ease of mind to know you still have the data somewhere in case you need it. Set it and forget it (until you need it).,Amazon S3 (Simple Storage Service), Dropbox, Dropbox for Business, Google Cloud Storage, OneDrive and Box,Amazon Aurora, Amazon CloudWatch
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March 27, 2017

"Hedge Fund Employee's Amazon Glacier Review"

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We've only recently begun to use Amazon Glacier for larger parts of the company, but we've been using Amazon Glacier for portions of our storage for 3 years. It helps provide extra redundancy in our data storage and the fact that it can be accessed from anywhere is a huge plus.
  • Globally accessible
  • Inexpensive for the amount of data you can store compared to cost
  • The name Amazon provides a lot of peace of mind
  • Billing system isn't the smoothest to operate
  • Recalling information from glacier can run slow depending on type of data
  • Customer support
We have backed up all of our company's long-term data on Amazon Glacier and we've recently begun experimenting with setting up consultants' workspace on amazon glacier. This will allow us to keep a separation between core employees' work and temporary workers. As we keep expanding we are excited to see other ways we can leverage Glacier.
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September 28, 2016

Amazon Glacier Review: "Great service for companies already using S3 and other AWS services"

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It's being used to archive infrastructure and application logs. These are being being pushed into Glacier by lifecycle policies on S3 Buckets. These objects are very rarely retrieved.
  • Easy to implement, especially if you're using S3 lifecycle policies.
  • Helps meet compliance requirements, especially when combined with vault lock policies.
  • Very low cost.
  • Pricing for retrieval of large objects is too high.
It's great for objects that are already in AWS, like in S3. Moving objects from S3 to Glacier is very simple.

It would be difficult to consider Glacier outside of other AWS services. It's unlikely that someone would use AWS just for Glacier. It's great as part of the AWS ecosystem, but shouldn't really be deployed as a stand alone product.
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April 22, 2016

Amazon Glacier Review: "Great service for cold data storage - unless you want to retrieve or modify it!"

Score 7 out of 10
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We used Amazon Glacier to store backups of virtual machine images. A virtual machine image may take gigabytes and, considering that we made snapshots quite often, that would generate a lot of data very fast. Amazon Glacier turned out to be a cheap solution to store all that data.
  • Cheap storage of backup data.
  • Can be used as a part of the entire suite of tools from Amazon, without requiring you to leave the familiar stack.
  • Enumeration of data takes hours. In order to get data back you'll need to do inventory of the bucket, but that takes a few hours to complete.
  • Data and bucket deletion also requires inventory. Moreover, it is not possible to delete a bucket that has been recently written to - making bucket deletion a lengthy ordeal: first, you perform inventory, then delete your files, but you cannot delete the bucket as you recently deleted files, so you have to wait for another day in order to delete the bucket itself.
  • While data storage is cheap and easy, data retrieval can be expensive as you only get a download quota that is a few percent of your storage.
As described in the use case, it is perfect for backup data storage where you do not expect to retrieve the data often. Think of it as a data dump; it is nice to know you have a backup, but it actually is expensive and somewhat difficult to retrieve everything.
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September 29, 2016

Amazon Glacier Review: "Glacier - Simple, cheap long-term storage, for the data you *probably* don't need."

Score 10 out of 10
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Glacier is an amazing way to start all the data you rarely need but have to store in case of emergency. It is being used by our technology department and allows us to keep massive amounts of files for very cheap, files we would rarely need but can't throw away.
  • Very inexpensive
  • Easy to transfer files
  • 24/7 availablity
  • Low availability
  • Only access to files in small timeframes
Amazon Glacier is great for any time you need to store files but do not want to use on site storage (costly) or S3 (cheaper but why pay for old, stale rarely used data?). Any time you have data but are not sure you will ever need to use it again, send it to Glacier for pennies a month.
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