By Ray Villenueve, GM, Riverbed Whitewater cloud storage gateway business unit
Even with the recent storage price reduction from Amazon, it's clear from the interest expressed from Whitewater customers and people I spoke with at the AWS re:Invent developer conference last week, that Glacier, Amazons low-cost archiving service is going to be a huge hit. With a price point of 1c per GB per month, it will form the basis of a low-cost storage tier perfect for storing long-term archives and seldom accessed data sets.
The economics offered by Glacier put its cost far below tape-based data protection solutions and eliminates the need for tape vaulting and migrating between tape formats, while delivering much faster restore times than recalling tapes from an off-site vault. In addition, like any cloud storage service, data is accessible from any location with Internet access.
Glacier will gain a prominent role as a storage location for long-term backup data sets as organizations can easily segment recent active backup data from monthly and yearly data sets by policy in AWS or by their backup application.
In summary, the Riverbed Whitewater team feels that Glacier marks a major turning point in the data protection industry. This low cost storage service will greatly accelerate the transition to data protection leveraging cloud storage and away from tape based solutions for organizations of all sizes. The future of data protection looks very bright indeed!
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