Podcast: Radio Free HPC Melts Amazon’s Glacier

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In this podcast, the Radio Free HPC team takes a look at Glacier, Amazon’s cloud archive and backup offering.

Amazon is pitching Glacier as a solution for customers who don’t need frequent access to their data and can handle retrieval times of several hours. The big enticements are low, low cost — as little as a penny per gigabyte per month — and durability. Dan and Henry weed through each facet of Amazon’s marketing claims and — well — rip each one to shreds. Henry thinks this is aimed at the unsuspecting/unfortunate home or small business consumer, as anyone with technology expertise will run far, far away from Glacier. Dan compares it to the “Roach Motel” of storage: once you’re in, you can never get out. And don’t even get them started on the definition of “durable.”

Viewer tip: keep an eye on the “consecutive hours awake” timer at the bottom of the screen.

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