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The pricing is actually no longer identical. Amazon's latest price refreshes dropped Glacier to below Nearline and introduced a new S3 object type (e.g. Reduced Redundancy Storage) called Infrequent Access that's a lot more like Nearline.



I like the new Infrequent Access, but I'd like to understand the tradeoffs better. What's the downside compared to regular S3?

It mentions 99.9% availability instead of 99.99%, but it would be useful to understand how that is manifested in reality, and what the underlying architectural difference is.

I tried to ask jeffbarr here[1], but got no answer.

[1] https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=10230937


Sorry I missed that, I have been working 16+ hours per day to get ready for re:Invent.


Please take a break when you can!


disclaimer: I am OP and work at GCP.

Watch out for minimum file size on Standard-IA: it's 128kb, and if you write a file smaller than that they round up. It's little gotchas like this that can really burn you...




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