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If you’ve looked into Amazon cloud storage before and found it to be too costly, now’s the time to get excited. Amazon have just announced a new low-cost alternative cloud storage going by the name of Glacier.

Glacier is designed to service clients with small needs and matching budgets: customers can store data for as little as $0.01 per gigabyte per month. Amazon keeps the costs low by optimizing the access to the data, meaning that the service is best for users who need infrequent access to the data and are happy to wait several hours to retrieve it. Amazon Glacier is ideal as a backup archive solution as it is very secure and durable storage.

Rather than guesstimating your data requirements and perhaps over-compensating, Amazon Glacier allows you to pay for just the storage you use. There are no upfront costs and you can change your requirements over time as needed. This is all for a very low cost while Amazon look after the technical side of data retention for you.

To sign up, head to the Amazon Web Services (AWS) portal and wither log in with an existing AWS account or start a new one. You’ll be able to start storing your data right away.

Source: Amazon Web Services


  1. nathan
    August 27, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    This sounds like a great deal for home users, who are using this for crisis management -- ie, you already back up at your home, and this offsite solution is just for when the home burns down, floods, or someone breaks in an steals your TimeMachine drive.

    Trouble is, there is no user friendly way to push your data to this cloud. It requires you to create a java or .net app. I predict the first person to create a Mac solution and post it in the App Store will make a killing.

    I'd buy it in a heartbeat.

    • Angela Alcorn
      August 29, 2012 at 10:41 am

      I think you're right. There's definitely a market for home users, but it does need to be a little more accessible.

      • nathan
        August 29, 2012 at 2:06 pm

        Maybe it's obvious to everyone else, but why didn't Amazon take that extra step and make a web interface for lay people to make use of this service?

        • Angela Alcorn
          August 30, 2012 at 9:15 am

          Maybe they don't want a lot of personal backups? Or maybe they just wanted to get the product to market quickly. That's my bet.

        • Brian McMichael
          September 1, 2012 at 5:01 am

          Hey guys,

          I've got a java program that runs on OSX. It's still pretty rough right now but it has upload and download support. Glacier itself takes 4 hours to get a file ready for download, it doesn't save file names so you have to track it yourself, and it takes requests one at a time, so it really shouldn't be used as an extra hard drive.

          Anyways, if you want to try it out it's at:

        • Jocke Enegren
          September 3, 2012 at 6:52 pm


          Wow, you´re the man - thanks a lot for this app.


        • Angela Alcorn
          September 7, 2012 at 6:14 am

          Brian - I can't reply directly to you, but thanks for sharing this!

  2. Ben Mordecai
    August 25, 2012 at 3:50 am

    This is an awesome deal

  3. adrian
    August 22, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    @ Angela @ daniel Thanks, that was helpful.

  4. daniel
    August 22, 2012 at 6:59 am

    @adrian: No, you initiate the download, a couple of hours later the actual files will be ready for downloading (at max. speeds). It's like going to the pharmacy and asking the guy behind the counter to get you some meds. He goes to the back, searches for them and (after a couple of hours) comes back with your medication.

  5. adrian
    August 21, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    "...a few HOURS to retrieve it..." ?? Sounds like I need a 56K dial-up service download my stuff back, in case I need it??

    • Angela Alcorn
      August 22, 2012 at 11:37 am

      It's more like ordering something and coming back later. You don't actually download the files at a snails pace, from what I gather.

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