AWS announces new low-cost Amazon S3 storage option for backups and disaster recovery data

Published: Monday, 09 April 2018 07:34

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has announced Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) One Zone-Infrequent Access (Z-IA), a new Amazon S3 storage class that stores objects in a single Availability Zone.

Amazon S3 Z-IA is designed for customers who want a lower-cost option for infrequently accessed data, but do not require the multiple Availability Zone data resilience model of the S3 Standard and S3 Standard-Infrequent Access storage classes.

S3 Z-IA is intended for use cases with infrequently accessed data that is also re-creatable, such as storing secondary backup copies of on-premises data, or for storage that is already replicated in another AWS Region for compliance or disaster recovery purposes. S3 Z-IA is available in all commercial AWS Regions.

AWS Regions are comprised of Availability Zones, which refer to technology infrastructure in separate and distinct geographic locations with enough distance to significantly reduce the risk of a single event impacting availability, yet near enough for business continuity applications that require rapid failover. Amazon S3 object storage classes (S3 Standard and S3 Standard-IA) and Amazon Glacier store data across multiple geographically-separated Availability Zones to offer the highest level of resilience. With Amazon S3 Z-IA, customers can now store infrequently accessed data within a single Availability Zone at 20 percent lower cost than S3 Standard-IA. In addition, S3 Z-IA offers customers higher availability and durability than self-managed physical data centers / centres, with the added benefit of having to pay only for what they use.

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