Posted On: Nov 30, 2021

Amazon S3 Glacier Instant Retrieval is a new archive storage class that delivers the lowest cost storage for long-lived data that is rarely accessed and requires milliseconds retrieval. With S3 Glacier Instant Retrieval, you can save up to 68% on storage costs compared to using the S3 Standard-Infrequent Access storage class, when your data is accessed once per quarter. S3 Glacier Instant Retrieval delivers the fastest access to archive storage, with the same throughput and milliseconds access as the S3 Standard and S3 Standard-IA storage classes. In addition, the existing S3 Glacier storage class is renamed to be S3 Glacier Flexible Retrieval, and now includes free bulk retrievals and a 10% storage price reduction, making it optimized for backup and disaster recovery use cases. 

The Amazon S3 Glacier storage classes are purpose-built for data archiving, and are designed to provide you with the highest performance, the most retrieval flexibility, and the lowest cost archive storage in the cloud. You can now choose from three archive storage classes optimized for different access patterns and storage duration. For archive data that needs immediate access, such as medical images, news media assets, or genomics data, choose the S3 Glacier Instant Retrieval storage class, an archive storage class that delivers the lowest cost storage with milliseconds retrieval. For archive data that does not require immediate access but needs the flexibility to retrieve large sets of data at no cost, such as backup or disaster recovery use cases, choose S3 Glacier Flexible Retrieval (formerly S3 Glacier), with retrieval in minutes or free bulk retrievals in 5-12 hours. To save even more on long-lived archive storage such as compliance archives and digital media preservation, choose S3 Glacier Deep Archive, the lowest cost storage in the cloud with data retrieval from 12-48 hours.

If you have unknown, or unpredictable access patterns, such as data lakes, analytics, or user generated content, the S3 Intelligent-Tiering storage class now automatically includes a new Archive Instant Access tier at the same price and milliseconds retrieval as the new S3 Glacier Instant Retrieval storage class. Beginning today, customers of S3 Intelligent-Tiering automatically save up to 68% for data not accessed in the last 90 days. S3 Intelligent-Tiering is designed to optimize storage costs by automatically moving data to the most cost-effective access tier based on access frequency, without performance impact, retrieval fees, or operational overhead.

Introduction to the Amazon S3 Glacier Instant Retrieval Storage Class

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You can get started with S3 Glacier Instant Retrieval with a few clicks in the S3 console. You can upload data directly into S3 Glacier Instant Retrieval through the Amazon S3 API, CLI, or use S3 Lifecycle to transition data from the S3 Standard and S3 Standard-IA storage classes into S3 Glacier Instant Retrieval. Like other Amazon S3 storage classes, S3 Glacier Instant Retrieval supports all S3 features—including S3 Storage Lens to view storage usage and activity metrics, and S3 Replication to replicate data to any AWS Region. S3 Glacier Instant Retrieval is designed for 99.999999999% (11 9s) of data durability and 99.9% availability by redundantly storing data across multiple physically separated AWS Availability Zones.

The new S3 Glacier Instant Retrieval storage class, and the Archive Instant Access tier in S3 Intelligent-Tiering are available today in all AWS Regions, including the AWS GovCloud (US) Regions, the AWS China (Beijing) Region, operated by Sinnet, and the AWS China (Ningxia) Region, operated by NWCD. The S3 Glacier Flexible Retrieval (formerly S3 Glacier) storage class price reduction and free bulk retrievals, and the S3 storage class price reductions are effective December, 1, 2021, read the blog post for more information.

To learn more about the S3 Glacier Instant Retrieval storage class, visit the AWS News blog post, the storage class page, watch the video, and read the user guide. To Learn more about S3 Intelligent-Tiering and the new Archive Instant Access tier, visit the What’s New post. To get started, visit the S3 console.