Businesses of all sizes are archiving their data to the AWS Cloud in order to reduce costs while taking advantage of highly secure, highly durable, and simple cloud based storage services. With AWS, you pay as you go and you can scale up and down as required. With your data stored in the AWS cloud, it’s easy to use other Amazon Web Services to take advantage of additional cost savings and benefits. Amazon storage services remove the need for complex and time-consuming capacity planning, ongoing negotiations with multiple hardware and software vendors, specialized training, and maintenance of offsite facilities or transportation of storage media to third party offsite locations.
Amazon Glacier is an extremely low-cost storage service that provides secure and durable storage for data archiving and backup. In order to keep costs low, Amazon Glacier is optimized for data that is infrequently accessed and for which retrieval times of several hours are suitable. With Amazon Glacier, customers can reliably store large or small amounts of data for as little as $0.01 per gigabyte per month, a significant savings compared to on-premises solutions.
Amazon S3 provides highly reliable and secure long term storage for your archive data where data retrieval is more frequent and immediate retrieval times are required.
AWS Storage Gateway, in its Virtual Tape Library configuration, provides you with a cost-effective, scalable, and durable virtual tape infrastructure that allows you to eliminate the challenges associated with owning and operating an on-premises physical tape infrastructure. With Gateway-VTL you can have a limitless collection of virtual tapes. Each virtual tape can be stored in a Virtual Tape Library backed by Amazon S3 or a Virtual Tape Shelf backed by Amazon Glacier.
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