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Posted by on Aug 21, 2012 in Companies |

Glacier Amazon promises to store information for centuries

Glacier Amazon promises to store information for centuries

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today unveiled a new service for its virtual cloud, which can store almost forever. “Glacier” is a data file service will cost 1 cent per GB per month, and is designed to last a long, long time. Its disadvantage is that it is slow: data access can take between 3 and 5 hours.

Amazon has not revealed what technology used to store data. Some suppose that they are tape drives, given the time it takes to retrieve the data, while others have proposed that the disks. Amazon just said that Glacier is composed of “commodity hardware components such low price” and that the system is “agnostic”, meaning that accepts any type of hardware, to generate cost savings.

The company promises a 99.999999999% for each file, which is stored in “multiple facilities in multiple devices at each facility.” Still, there is a possibility of data loss. If storing 1 TB of information, as the rate of Amazon, you can expect to lose an average of 10 bytes per year.

Amazon’s solution aims to help companies that need to store and manage the maintenance of those files for years. The idea is that Glacier is used to store information to be (perhaps for legal reasons), but that is not necessary for regular operation of the enterprise.

The price is 1 cent per GB per month, rising to 1.1 cents if you store data in Europe rather than the United States, and 1.2 cents if you store them in Japan. Recovering the data is free, provided withdraw less than 5% per month data. If you need to get more, prices start at 1 cent per GB, and go up according to the amount of data and the area.

Link: Amazon Glacier: Archival Storage for One Penny Per GB Per Month (Amazon Web Services)

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