AWS is always looking for ways to better its service to its customers, and one of these ways is making their service more affordable. AWS is releasing a less costly option to use its Amazon S3 service, and at the same time, lowering the cost of using its AWS Glacier service as well.
AWS S3 formerly had two storage classes: Standard and Glacier. Now, AWS is introducing the Standard Infrequent Access option, or Standard—IA. You get the same high durability, low latency and high thoroughput as S3 Standard as well as the same features. The main difference is the price: the new Standard—IA is priced at $0.0125/gigabyte/month with $0.01/gigabyte charge for withdrawal.
If you wish, you may also set up rules, called data life cycle policies, that move objects in between Standard, Standard—IA, and Glacier over time. Employing these policies can help reduce your AWS storage costs over time.
In addition, AWS is lowering the price for AWS Glacier from $.01/gigabyte/month to $0.007/gigabyte/month. No need to do anything to avail of it: the new price has already taken effect and you only need to sign up for the service if you haven’t done so.
These new prices make long term storage at S3 economical while still providing excellent backup and disaster recovery solutions. You may find them at the AWS Management Console. If you would like to find out more about cloud backup and disaster recovery, feel free to contact us .
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