Getting started using the Amazon S3 Glacier storage classes

20 minute tutorial

Introduction

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. To keep costs low yet suitable for varying retrieval needs, these storage classes support flexible retrieval options from milliseconds to several hours. The purpose of this tutorial is to show you how easy it is to begin storing your archive datasets in the Amazon S3 Glacier storage classes.

You can choose from three archive storage classes optimized for different access patterns and storage duration. For archive data that needs immediate access, choose the Amazon 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, choose Amazon 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, choose Amazon S3 Glacier Deep Archive, the lowest cost storage in the cloud with data retrieval within twelve hours.

By archiving on AWS you'll have access to very low cost cloud storage, you'll be able to digitally preserve and retain your data for the long term, and you'll be able to leverage comprehensive security and compliance capabilities. The Amazon S3 Glacier storage classes are used by customers for their long-term enterprise archive data, media archives, backup data, and data lake archives. 

Use the S3 console and S3 API to easily archive your data in Amazon S3. The S3 console and S3 API allow you to access all the features and functionality that the Amazon S3 service provides. Follow this tutorial to begin using the S3 console to store your archive datasets in the Amazon S3 Glacier storage classes.

 

What You Will Learn

  • How to create an Amazon S3 bucket
  • How to upload objects to the Amazon S3 Glacier storage classes
  • How to restore your objects stored in the Amazon S3 Glacier Flexible Retrieval or Amazon S3 Glacier Deep Archive storage classes

 AWS Experience

Beginner

 Time to Complete

20 minutes

 Cost to Complete

Less than $1 (Amazon S3 pricing page)

 Services Used

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You have learned how to create an Amazon S3 bucket, upload objects to the Amazon S3 Glacier and S3 Glacier Deep Archive storage classes, and how to restore your objects so that they can be easily retrieved.