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We performed a comparison between Amazon S3 Glacier and Microsoft Azure Object Storage based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two Public Cloud Storage Services solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.

To learn more, read our detailed Amazon S3 Glacier vs. Microsoft Azure Object Storage report (Updated: September 2022).
633,184 professionals have used our research since 2012.
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Pros
"I like the price. If you compare Glacier to others, the prices in terms of what you store beyond retention are much lower.""We like that the price is cheaper."

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"Object Storage's best features are the soft delete option and the retention period.""This product is very reliable and all of the security that our client requires is available.""It's easy to use.""AzCopy is probably the best feature. It's a scripting app or a scripting function. Whether it's a Linux batch or a PowerShell script, you can essentially just send a file via a line of code with a specific key.""Technical support has been excellent.""We can do data queries easily.""With Microsoft Azure Object Storage, they are an open market.""The most valuable feature of Microsoft Azure Object Storage is its ease of use."

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Cons
"I would like to see the retrieval time reduced.""The response times could be faster. When you are with Amazon and use Glacier, you expect a response time between four to seven hours to retrieve the data."

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"If we look at the different versions of that ADLS, it really does not have a hierarchical storage mechanism.""They could improve AI and ML-based modules. They should add more modules based on artificial intelligence and machine learning. Pricing is a little bit tricky with Microsoft Azure. They do provide the estimates, but it is not easy to guess the exact amount that we will be billed after a month or two because it is based on usage. This is a little confusing.""Currently, the Microsoft Azure Storage Explorer is just a Windows app. I don't know if it's available on mobile, such as iOS or Android. I don't know if the app is mobile-friendly. It should be mobile-friendly.""Azure's technical support could be better - they take a long time to respond, and issues get transferred to multiple engineers, so you have to repeat the whole story every time without getting any proper resolution.""Uploading files from the UI has presented some issues. When editing work and once you delete a file, it takes some time to recreate the same file.""The initial setup could be more straightforward. It would be best if you had a little bit of training or an understanding of the concepts. It's important because if you don't do that, then you might end up not following the best practices. Then you will learn it the hard way by making mistakes and then know that you shouldn't have done this or that. It's better to attend workshops and take a hands-on approach.""We would like it if we did not have to use another encryption solution to encrypt the storage.""The solution needs to improve the custom domain integration with static web pages. Even though Blog Storage is providing the static content hosting feature, due to the custom domain availability, the integration is not available. In most cases, we withdraw from that service and use our app service to host our static data feeds."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "Amazon S3 Glacier is much cheaper than competing products."
  • "There is no license, you pay for what you use."
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  • "Pricing is always confusing for all Microsoft products. For this solution, they do provide the estimates, but it is not easy to guess the exact amount that we will be billed."
  • "We have a separate package and pay extra for additional technical support."
  • "The licensing cost of Microsoft Azure Object Storage is monthly. We have two types of licenses. One is the EA enterprise license and the other is a CSP license."
  • "It has a pay-as-you-go model. So, you are only paying for what you store. It's an attractive model. You don't pay for a set; you pay for what you actually use."
  • "I think we pay per bit as per usage. There is a billing pattern for the subscription, and we get a monthly bill. I've seen that happen over there. I haven't seen any fixed costs. It always depends on what we're using and how much the servers are running. The breakdown appears on the bill."
  • "Object Storage is competitively priced."
  • "Microsoft Azure Object Storage requires a license. We are using a pay-as-you-go model and we have an enterprise subscription model as well."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:Our organization ran comparison tests to determine whether Amazon's S3 Glacier or Elastic Block Store data storage software was the better fit for us. We decided to go with Amazon's S3 Glacier, which… more »
    Top Answer:I like the price. If you compare Glacier to others, the prices in terms of what you store beyond retention are much lower.
    Top Answer:The response times could be faster. When you are with Amazon and use Glacier, you expect a response time between four to seven hours to retrieve the data. People will want to keep the content for a… more »
    Top Answer:The key feature for us is the possibility to have a copy of our data and machines outside of our premises just in case of a disaster.
    Top Answer:Pricing is always confusing for all Microsoft products. For this solution, they do provide the estimates, but it is not easy to guess the exact amount that we will be billed.
    Top Answer:There are a lot of points for improvement at the moment. For example, in the case of this product, we are not able to do a backup of what we call NAS, network-attached storage appliances, directly to… more »
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    Also Known As
    Amazon Glacier
    Microsoft Azure Blob Storage, Azure Object Storage, MS Azure Object Storage
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    Overview

    Amazon Glacier is a secure, durable, and extremely low-cost cloud storage service for data archiving and long-term backup. Customers can reliably store large or small amounts of data for as little as $0.007 per gigabyte per month, a significant savings compared to on-premises solutions. To keep costs low, Amazon Glacier is optimized for infrequently accessed data where a retrieval time of several hours is suitable.

    REST-based object storage for unstructured data in the cloud

    • Store infrequently accessed data in a low-cost cool storage tier
    • Store frequently accessed application data in a hot storage tier
    • Stream video, audio, and other media to web, mobile, or desktop applications
    • Power big data analytics
    • Access your data more securely, both over the wire and at rest
    Offer
    Learn more about Amazon S3 Glacier
    Learn more about Microsoft Azure Object Storage
    Sample Customers
    King Cpunty, Illumina, Backupify, Nearmap.com, Scribd, Baylor College of Medicine, SoundCloud
    Umbraco, Xbox, Radioshack, 343 Industries, McKesson
    Top Industries
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider21%
    Computer Software Company17%
    Financial Services Firm9%
    Government5%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company20%
    Comms Service Provider11%
    Government7%
    University7%
    Company Size
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business71%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise14%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business27%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise56%
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business50%
    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise32%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business20%
    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise64%
    Buyer's Guide
    Amazon S3 Glacier vs. Microsoft Azure Object Storage
    September 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Amazon S3 Glacier vs. Microsoft Azure Object Storage and other solutions. Updated: September 2022.
    633,184 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Amazon S3 Glacier is ranked 10th in Public Cloud Storage Services with 2 reviews while Microsoft Azure Object Storage is ranked 9th in Public Cloud Storage Services with 15 reviews. Amazon S3 Glacier is rated 8.6, while Microsoft Azure Object Storage is rated 8.4. The top reviewer of Amazon S3 Glacier writes "A cost-effective cloud storage service with good support". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Microsoft Azure Object Storage writes "Great for copying data, extremely stable, and has a relatively easy initial setup". Amazon S3 Glacier is most compared with Google Cloud Storage, Google Cloud Storage Nearline, Microsoft Azure File Storage, Wasabi and IBM SoftLayer, whereas Microsoft Azure Object Storage is most compared with Amazon S3, Wasabi, Oracle Cloud Object Storage and Google Cloud Storage. See our Amazon S3 Glacier vs. Microsoft Azure Object Storage report.

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