Modernize Data Archiving

Move data archives to AWS to lower costs and gain new insights

Enterprises today face significant challenges with exponential data growth. Machine learning and analytics give data more value than ever before. Regulatory compliance requires long retention periods. Customers want to replace on-premises tape and disk archive infrastructure with solutions that provide enhanced data durability, immediate retrieval times, better security and compliance, and greater data accessibility for advanced analytics and business intelligence.

AWS offers archive storage solutions for long term retention, compliance, and digital preservation. Amazon S3 provides you with virtually unlimited scale, 99.999999999% durability, and the highest standards of data security, all with lower costs and faster access times than on-premises tape storage. The Amazon S3 Glacier storage classes are purpose-built for data archiving, providing you with the highest performance, 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. S3 Glacier storage classes deliver cost-optimized archive storage, whether you need to access your archive data quarterly, annually, or somewhere in-between.

Data archiving and digital preservation solutions with AWS (9:29)

Benefits of archiving in AWS

Lowest cost cloud storage

AWS archival storage solutions start at about $1 per terabyte per month, a cost lower than most customers' on-premises tape infrastructure.

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Meet compliance requirements

To aid your compliance efforts, AWS regularly achieves third-party validation for thousands of global compliance requirements that we continually monitor to help you meet security and compliance standards for virtually any industry.

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Business agility

Quickly move data from archival to production when needed with milliseconds retrieval and extract insights by easily accessing adjacent AWS services. Customers can rapidly or gradually expand cloud workflows, or quickly deploy new business models that leverage the asset archive.

Zero hardware to manage

Simplify data archiving and eliminate operational complexities of managing on-premises tape libraries or offsite vaulting services by seamlessly replacing tape infrastructure without changing your existing backup or archiving workflows.

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Data protection and data integrity

Data stored on AWS archival storage solutions is highly available, 99.999999999% durable, and highly protected against degradation or corruption throughout the multi-decade retention periods. Data stored on AWS archival storage solutions can be configured to be immutable, ensuring an additional layer of data-protection by preventing malicious or accidental deletion or modification of records even where access credentials are granted.

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Unlimited scale with pay-as-you-go pricing

Seamlessly meet unpredictable capacity demands driven by exponential growth of data and pay only for what you use without making large upfront capital investments.

Use cases


Compliance archival

Heavily regulated industries such as financial services, healthcare, and public sector organizations require customers to retain data for long periods of time for business compliance and regulatory purposes. AWS supports more security standards and compliance certifications than any other offering, including PCI-DSS, HIPAA/HITECH, FedRAMP, GDPR, FIPS 140-2, and NIST 800-171, helping satisfy compliance requirements for virtually every regulatory agency around the globe.


Media asset preservation

Customers can store infrequently accessed digital media assets in highly durable and massively scalable storage solutions at very low costs. They can easily move data from archival to distribution when needed, and extract insights by easily accessing adjacent AWS services such as AWS Elemental Media Services, AWS Lambda, Amazon Elastic Transcoder, and Amazon Rekognition, to maximize the value of data and generate top line value.


Enterprise backups

Customers can significantly reduce the cost of their offsite backups by migrating off of tape libraries and storage appliances, moving data into AWS. AWS archive solutions have no upfront costs, eliminate maintenance costs, and provide significantly faster access when archived data is needed.


Disaster recovery

Customers can replicate their coldest data to a secondary Region at a very low cost with just the click of a button using AWS archival storage solutions and meet disaster recovery needs. AWS archival solutions make it easy for organizations to meet their offsite data storage needs with unmatched durability and resilience.

Amazon S3 Glacier storage classes

Introduction to the Amazon S3 Glacier Storage Classes (1:30)

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 within twelve hours.

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Learn how Sysco reduced storage costs by over 40% by archiving to Amazon S3 Glacier Flexible Retrieval.
Nasdaq used Amazon S3 lifecycle policies to archive data to Amazon S3 Glacier Flexible Retrieval and meet regulatory compliance requirements.
Team Coco
Learn how Conan O'Brien's team archived and preserved 25 years of late night legacy on AWS.
Learn how Ryanair saved 65% in backup costs by switching tape backups to the cloud using AWS Storage Gateway and storing them in Amazon S3 Glacier Flexible Retrieval and Amazon S3 Glacier Deep Archive.
Electronic Arts
"With AWS introducing S3 Glacier Deep Archive in 2019, it was an immediate win for us. With no impact to our existing workflows, we were able to instantly reduce the cost of our archival data. With 20+ PB of data currently managed in our archives, it provided us with a very significant cost savings. AWS made the adoption of S3 Glacier Deep Archive easy by incorporating it into our existing lifecycle transitions and was part of the standard S3 APIs."

Electronic Arts

Blog: Electronic Arts optimizes storage costs and operations using Amazon S3 Intelligent-Tiering and S3 Glacier »

Capital One
"The long-term, secure, and durable S3 Glacier and S3 Glacier Deep Archive data archiving storage classes have enabled us to meet data retention requirements and optimize our costs."

Capital One

Blog: How Capital One uses Amazon S3 Glacier to optimize data storage costs and maximize resources »

Partner with an AWS Storage expert

AWS Partner Network (APN) partners offer solutions that leverage AWS archival storage services, providing a durable and cost-effective storage target for long-term data retention. APN partner solutions enable organizations to harness the benefits of cloud economics while still maintaining their existing investments. Deployment options range from purpose-built appliances to software-defined solutions.

The AWS Competency Program is designed to provide customers with certified APN Partners who have demonstrated technical proficiency and proven success in specialized solutions areas. Partners who’ve attained an AWS Competency offer a variety of services, software, and solutions on AWS.

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Additional resources

Data archiving blogs

There are no Amazon S3 blogs available at this time, please visit AWS blogs to view all storage blog content.

To read more data archving blogs on AWS, visit AWS Storage blogs.


AWS Storage Gateway

Hybrid cloud storage that provides on-premises access to virtually unlimited cloud storage

Snowball Edge

AWS Snow Family

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AWS DataSync

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