Amazon Glacier

Long-term, secure, durable object storage for data archiving

Amazon Glacier is a secure, durable, and extremely low-cost cloud storage service for data archiving and long-term backup. It is designed to deliver 99.999999999% durability, and provides comprehensive security and compliance capabilities that can help meet even the most stringent regulatory requirements. Amazon Glacier provides query-in-place functionality, allowing you to run powerful analytics directly on your archive data at rest. Customers can store 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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Amazon Glacier provides three retrieval options to fit your use case. Expedited retrievals typically return data in 1-5 minutes, and are great for Active Archive use cases. Standard retrievals typically complete between 3-5 hours work, and work well for less time-sensitive needs like backup data, media editing, or long-term analytics. Bulk retrievals are the lowest-cost retrieval option, returning large amounts of data within 5-12 hours.

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Amazon Glacier runs on the world’s largest global cloud infrastructure, and was designed for 99.999999999% of durability. Data is automatically distributed across a minimum of three physical Availability Zones that are geographically separated within an AWS Region, and Amazon Glacier can also automatically replicate data to any other AWS Region. 

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Amazon Glacier offers sophisticated integration with AWS CloudTrail to log, monitor and retain storage API call activities for auditing, and supports three different forms of encryption. Amazon Glacier also supports security standards and compliance certifications including SEC Rule 17a-4, PCI-DSS, HIPAA/HITECH, FedRAMP, EU GDPR, and FISMA, and Amazon Glacier Vault Lock enables WORM storage capabilities, helping satisfy compliance requirements for virtually every regulatory agency around the globe.

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Amazon Glacier is designed to be the lowest cost AWS object storage class, allowing you to archive large amounts of data at a very low cost. This makes it feasible to retain all the data you want for use cases like data lakes, analytics, IoT, machine learning, compliance, and media asset archiving. You pay only for what you need, with no minimum commitments or up-front fees.

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In addition to integration with most AWS services, Amazon object storage services include tens of thousands of consulting, systems integrator and independent software vendor partners, with more joining every month. And the AWS Marketplace offers 35 categories and more than 3,500 software listings from over 1,100 ISVs that are pre-configured to deploy on the AWS Cloud. AWS Partner Network partners have adapted their services and software to work with Amazon S3 and Amazon Glacier for solutions like Backup & Recovery, Archiving, and Disaster Recovery. No other cloud provider has more partners with solutions that are pre-integrated to work with their service.

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Amazon Glacier is the only cloud archive storage service that allows you to query data in place and retrieve only the subset of data you need from within an archive. Amazon Glacier Select helps you reduce the total cost of ownership by extending your data lake into cost-effective archive storage.

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Use cases


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 affordably 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 like Financial Services and Healthcare 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.

Case studies

Sony DADC Case Study
Sony DADC New Media Solutions moves its complete 20-petabyte video archive from LTO tape to Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) and Amazon Glacier.
Celgene Case Study
Celgene uses Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) and Amazon Glacier to store hundreds of terabytes of genomic data.
Soundcloud Case Study
Soundcloud uses Amazon S3 and Amazon Glacier to store and process massive data sets every day.
Illumina Case Study
Illumina uploads and stores massive genomics datasets in Amazon Glacier cloud archive storage.

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