Posted On: Nov 21, 2016

You now have two new options to retrieve data from Amazon Glacier that allows you to access all the archives you need, when you need them, and for a simple, low price. Starting today, you can use Expedited retrievals to access data in 1 – 5 minutes for a flat rate of $0.03 per GB retrieved. Expedited retrievals allow you to quickly access your data when occasional urgent requests for a subset of archives are required. And when you have large amounts of data to retrieve, even petabytes, you can use Bulk retrievals to access your data in approximately 5 – 12 hours for a flat rate of just $0.0025 per GB retrieved. Bulk retrievals allow you to cost-effectively access significant portions of your data for things like big data analytics and media transcoding. 

As part of this launch, we are also simplifying and reducing the retrieval pricing for the existing Standard retrieval option, where archives typically become available within 3 – 5 hours. As of today, the previous rate-based retrieval pricing will be replaced with a flat, low rate of $0.01 per GB retrieved.

With Expedited, Standard, and Bulk retrievals, you can now leverage Glacier’s extremely low-cost storage service to support the full spectrum of archive use cases. These range from deep archives that are never retrieved to active workloads with minute-level access, such as media broadcasting, to petabyte-scale content distribution or big data analytics use cases.

All three retrieval features are now available for you to access any of your Glacier storage. There is no need to make changes to your Glacier account or your Glacier storage. You can use Expedited, Standard, and Bulk retrievals via Glacier’s REST API and the AWS SDK. If you use Glacier through S3 Lifecycle policies, you can use all the new retrieval features to restore data to your S3 bucket from Glacier. To get started or learn more, visit