August 21, 2012 – Amazon is taking aim at the SMB cloud market with a new, penny-per-gigabyte monthly storage and archiving service, Amazon Glacier.

Under its flagship cloud brand, Amazon Web Services, the vendor is pitching Glacier for companies in need of data storage for archiving and backup of business information “that is infrequently accessed and for which retrieval times of several hours are suitable.” Arguing that many organizations overpay for data archiving with upfront rates, Amazon emphasized Glacier’s user scalability and usage pricing. A pricing form at Amazon’s Glacier site enables users to pick from one of the AWS data centers for a cloud hub and start data storage at $0.01 per gigabyte per month. There are no data limits with Glacier – the site redirects to a customer service rep for higher data volumes – and individual archives can range from one byte to 40 terabytes. The Glacier user dashboard is configurable and AWS handles data retention.

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