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Amazon brings cold storage, data warehouse services to Sydney

AWS has added its Glacier archiving service and Redshift data-warehouse-as-a-service offerings to the Sydney Region

Amazon Web Services has begun offering access to its Glacier storage service and to its data-warehouse-as-a-service, Redshift, in the Sydney Region.

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Glacier is a low-cost storage service that AWS originally launched in late 2012. Unlike the popular S3 storage service, Glacier is designed for archiving and long-term backup of data, and retrieval times are longer than with S3. It's essentially Amazon's alternative to enterprises' tape-based archiving programs.

Glacier storage in the Sydney Region costs US$0.012 per GB per month; AWS also charges for upload/retrieval and other operations, as well as data transfer out (though this is free to EC2 within the Sydney Region).

AWS previewed Redshift at its inaugural re:Invent conference last November. Redshift offers a petabyte-scale data warehouse service. In the AWS Sydney Region, Redshift costs $1.25 per hour for a L Node (2TB) or $10 per hour for an 8XL Node (16TB) for on-demand instances (instances reserved for one or three years cost substantially less).

AWS has more than 14,000 Australian and New Zealand customers, according to the cloud services company. The cloud wing of Amazon.com launched the Sydney Region last year. The Region consists of two availability zones; Amazon's term for operationally discrete data centres.

In May this year, Microsoft opened up an Australian region for its Azure cloud computing service.

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