Amazon Glacier is a cloud storage solution offered by Amazon. It is part of Amazon's web services, so it integrates well with other Amazon Web Services products, and uses a similar set of APIs. Glacier offers very cheap long-term archive storage (around $0.01/GB/month).
Amazon Glacier is perfect for keeping off-site backups of old files, digital videos, or pictures. It is not meant for things you access frequently (for that, try dropbox), since retrieving files can take hours and may incur additional charges. However, for data that you need to have an external backup of, Amazon Glacier is a great solution.
Amazon Glacier is just a storage back-end. It does not provide any easy-to-use software to create backups. Here is a list of applications that will give you an easy-to-use interface to Amazon Glacier:
Simple Amazon Glacier Uploader is a completely free and open source utility you can use to send or retrieve files from Amazon Glacier. It is written in Java, so you must have Java installed prior to using it.
Overall, it is a very basic software application that isn't all that easy to use. It feels as though it was written by software engineers, for software engineers. It is a no-frills application where you can select a file to upload and upload it. If you know the full "archive ID" of a file in Amazon Glacier, you can also use Simple Amazon Glacier Uploader to download that archive.
There is no built-in encryption, and the interface is not pretty in any way. That being said, it gets high marks for being free and also allowing you to download the source code. Allowing everyone to examine the source code helps ensure the application is not stealing your amazon keys or doing anything malicious to your data. The trade-off, however, is that the application is not as user friendly as some other backup applications are.
Still, the application has been updated a number of times since it has been released, and there's no reason not to expect the updates will continue.
FastGlacier is a simple interface that lets you upload and download files to Amazon Glacier. The software is well designed and modern-feeling. It is not a full-featured backup solution, as it doesn't perform any kind of automatic or recurring backups. It simply lets you move files into and out of amazon glacier. The version we evaluated (1.0.9-free) also did not provide any encryption for uploaded files.
FastGlacier is available as a free version and a professional version (available for $29.95). The free version limits you to two simultaneous uploads/downloads, but is otherwise a simple way to upload/download files from Glacier.
FastGlacier most reminded me of a simple FTP client. If you are familiar with software such as FileZilla, you should have no problem using FastGlacier.
For more advanced users, there is also a utility that can be used from the Windows command line.
Handy Backup looks like a full-featured backup solution that can manage file synchronization, multiple endpoints, and even multiple client computers with their backup server software. However, I was unable to find any way to back up data to Amazon Glacier using the version I downloaded. Additionally, as of the time of this writing, a search for 'Glacier' on their website did not produce any articles.
There were a number of press releases by Novosoft touting their support for Amazon Glacier, but at this time, that support doesn't seem to exist in any easy-to-find way in their Handy Backup software.
CloudBerry Backup is another backup solution that seems fairly full-featured. They offer a free trial (that requires you to provide an email address). Unfortunately, there did not seem to be any way to integrate CloudBerry with Amazon Glacier. CloudBerry had a full page on their website talking about their Glacier tools (http://www.cloudberrylab.com/amazon-glacier-tools.aspx), but the actual software listed on that page did not appear to provide any support for Amazon Glacier.
About a week later, they released a new version that supported Amazon Glacier and changed the version number of their software to '126.96.36.199'. This latest version actually does perform backups to Glacier. It also had a number of useful features, such as the ability to create scheduled backups that run in the background, and email you when the backups complete. There were some options for data encryption, but they were greyed out. Perhaps that is a limitation of the trial version of the software.
After playing around with it a bit more, I also noticed there were a number of grammatical errors that seem like poor translations. Although the company lists a US location for their Americas office, it felt like the software may have been (poorly) translated from some other language.
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