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Amazon Glacier vs Amazon Kinesis Firehose: What are the differences?
Amazon Glacier: Low-cost storage service that provides secure and durable storage for data archiving and backup. In order to keep costs low, Amazon Glacier is optimized for data that is infrequently accessed and for which retrieval times of several hours are suitable. With Amazon Glacier, customers can reliably store large or small amounts of data for as little as $0.01 per gigabyte per month, a significant savings compared to on-premises solutions; Amazon Kinesis Firehose: Simple and Scalable Data Ingestion. Amazon Kinesis Firehose is the easiest way to load streaming data into AWS. It can capture and automatically load streaming data into Amazon S3 and Amazon Redshift, enabling near real-time analytics with existing business intelligence tools and dashboards you’re already using today.
Amazon Glacier belongs to "Data Backup" category of the tech stack, while Amazon Kinesis Firehose can be primarily classified under "Real-time Data Processing".
Some of the features offered by Amazon Glacier are:
- Low cost – Amazon Glacier is an extremely low-cost, pay-as-you-go storage service that can cost as little as $0.01 per gigabyte per month.
- You store data in Amazon Glacier as archives. An archive can represent a single file or you may choose to combine several files to be uploaded as a single archive. Retrieving archives from Amazon Glacier requires the initiation of a job. Jobs typically complete in 3 to 5 hours. You organize your archives in vaults.
- Secure – Amazon Glacier supports secure transfer of your data over Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) and automatically stores data encrypted at rest using Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) 256, a secure symmetric-key encryption standard using 256-bit encryption keys.
On the other hand, Amazon Kinesis Firehose provides the following key features:
- Integrated with AWS Data Stores
- Automatic Elasticity
According to the StackShare community, Amazon Kinesis Firehose has a broader approval, being mentioned in 33 company stacks & 9 developers stacks; compared to Amazon Glacier, which is listed in 24 company stacks and 9 developer stacks.
Pros of Amazon Glacier
- Cold Storage6
- Easy Setup3