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"Amazon Glacier changes the game for companies requiring archiving and backup solutions because you pay nothing upfront, pay a very low price for storage, are able to scale up and down whenever needed, and AWS handles all of the operational heavy lifting required to do data retention well," said Alyssa Henry, Vice President of AWS Storage Services, as Amazon Web Services today announced Amazon Glacier.

“Today, most businesses rely on expensive, brittle, and inflexible tape for their archiving solution. This approach requires expensive upfront payments, is difficult to operate and maintain, and leads to wasted capacity and money." Henry added.

According to AWS, Amazon Glacier is designed "for data that is infrequently accessed, yet still important to retain for future reference."

Examples include digital media archives, financial and healthcare records, raw genomic sequence data, long-term database backups, and data that must be retained for regulatory compliance. With Amazon Glacier, noted Henry, "customers can reliably and durably store large or small amounts of data for as little as $0.01/GB/month, a significant savings compared to on-premises solutions."

She continued:

"Companies typically over-pay for data archiving. First, they're forced to make an expensive upfront payment for their archiving solution (which does not include the ongoing cost for operational expenses such as power, facilities, staffing, and maintenance). Second, since companies have to guess what their capacity requirements will be, they understandably over-provision to make sure they have enough capacity for data redundancy and unexpected growth. This set of circumstances results in under-utilized capacity and wasted money. With Amazon Glacier, there are no upfront capital commitments, all ongoing operational expenses are included, and businesses can elastically and quickly scale their usage up or down when needed."

Complete Genomics provides human genome sequencing and analysis as a service to academic and biopharmaceutical researchers. “Every day our genome sequencers produce terabytes of data,” said Keith Raffel, Complete’s Senior Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer. “As our company moves into the clinical space, we face a legal requirement to archive patient data for years that would drastically raise the cost of storage. Thanks to Amazon Glacier’s secure and scalable solution, we will be able to provide cost-effective, long-term storage and thereby eliminate a barrier to providing whole genome sequencing for medical treatment of cancer and other genetic diseases.”

Amazon Glacier is available in the US-East (N. Virginia), US-West (N. California), US-West (Oregon), Asia Pacific (Tokyo) and EU-West (Ireland) Regions. Complete pricing details: http://aws.amazon.com/glacier.

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