Amazon Glacier is a secure, durable, and extremely low-cost cloud storage service for data archiving and long-term backup. Customers can reliably store large or small amounts of data for as little as $0.004 per gigabyte per month, a significant savings compared to on-premises solutions. To keep costs low yet suitable for varying retrieval needs, Amazon Glacier provides three options for access to archives, from a few minutes to several hours.

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Starting at $0.004 per gigabyte per month, Amazon Glacier allows you to archive large amounts of data at a very low cost. You pay for what you need, with no minimum commitments or up-front fees.

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Amazon Glacier supports data transfer over SSL and automatically encrypts your data at rest. You can also control access to your data using AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM).

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Amazon Glacier provides a highly durable storage infrastructure designed for long-term backup and archive. Your data is redundantly stored across multiple facilities and multiple devices in each facility.

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Amazon Glacier allows you to offload the administrative burden of operating storage infrastructure to AWS.  Data uploaded to Amazon Glacier remains stored for as long as needed with no additional effort from you.


Amazon Glacier scales to meet your storage needs. There is no limit to how much data you can store, and you can choose to store your data in the AWS region that supports your regulatory and business criteria.


Through Amazon S3 lifecycle policies, you can optimize your storage costs by moving infrequently accessed objects from Amazon S3 to Amazon Glacier (or vice-versa).

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Media assets such as video and news footage require durable storage and can grow to many petabytes over time. Amazon Glacier allows you to archive older media content reliably and then move it to Amazon S3 for distribution when needed.

Hospital systems need to retain petabytes of patient records (LIS, PACS, EHR, etc.) for decades to meet regulatory requirements. Amazon Glacier helps you reliably archive patient record data securely at a very low cost.

Many enterprises must retain regulatory and compliance archives for extended durations. Amazon Glacier Vault Lock helps you set compliance controls to meet your compliance objectives, such as SEC Rule 17a-4(f).

Research organizations generate, analyze, and archive vast amounts of data. With Amazon Glacier, you avoid the complexities of hardware and facility management and capacity planning.

Libraries and government agencies face data-integrity challenges in their digital preservation efforts. Unlike traditional systems, which can require laborious data verification and manual repair, Amazon Glacier performs regular, systematic data integrity checks and is built to be automatically self-healing.

On-premises or offsite tape libraries can lower storage costs but require large upfront investments and specialized maintenance. Amazon Glacier has no upfront cost and eliminates the cost and burden of maintenance.