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AWS introduces a new infrequently accessed S3 storage tier

Amazon Web Services (AWS) rolled out a new type of storage for infrequently accessed data within the S3 tier that cost 1.25 cents per GBs to store but only 1 cent per GB to access.

The cloud has become a repository for unstructured data storage that is rarely accessed. Amazon already has its Glacier service for this type of storage. However, now it has introduced a new pricing tier for its high-throughput Amazon S3 standard.

“The new S3 Standard – Infrequent Access (Standard – IA) storage class offers the same high durability, low latency, and high throughput of S3 Standard. You now have the choice of three S3 storage classes (Standard, Standard – IA, and Glacier) that are designed to offer 99.999999999 percent … of durability.‎  Standard – IA has an availability SLA of 99 percent,” according to the Amazon blog post.

Earlier this month, Amazon also reduced the price for its data stored in Amazon Glacier from $0.01 a GB per month to $0.007 GB per month.

“This price is for the US East (Northern Virginia), US West (Oregon), and Europe (Ireland) regions; take a look at the Glacier Pricing page for full information on pricing in other regions,” Amazon stated in its blog.

The new tier service still allows customers to define data life-cycle policies to move data between different Amazon S3 classes, such as storing new data on the standard S3 storage class and then move it to the Standard-IA after a certain time that it has been uploaded. Over time, it can be moved to the Amazon Glacier service after the data is 60 days old.

“The new Standard-IA class is simply one of several attributes associated with each S3 object,” according to the AWS blog. “Because the objects stay in the same S3 bucket and are accessed from the same URLs when they transition to the Standard-IA, you can start using Standard-IA immediately through lifecycle policies without changing your application code. This means that you can add a policy and reduce S3 costs immediately, without having to make any changes to your application or affecting its performance.”