Yes, you read it correct, it just 1 cent per Gigabyte per month or 100Gb for $1 per month. Actually there’s some more cost behind this price, like request pricing and data transfer pricing, but there’s not that much if you use this solution is for archiving / backup.
So what you want to do is register with Amazon Cloud Services (AWS) and setup your first vault. Creating aws account is straight forward, you just only need credit card, if you first timer to aws, you also can get some free tier services for your first year.
Back to the Amazon Glacier, there’s some drawback behind its cheap price, Retrieving archives from Amazon Glacier requires the initiation of a job. Jobs typically complete in 3 to 5 hours.
For the tools you can write your own program using .net or java SDK. but if you just an ordinary person, you can use Fast Glacier, it’s something like FTP client GUI tools, you just only need to key in your amazon access key and secret access key.
Amazon Glacier at glance from their website:
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, irrespective of how much data you store.
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.
Durable– Amazon Glacier is designed to provide average annual durability of 99.999999999% for each item stored.
Flexible –Amazon Glacier scales to meet your growing and often unpredictable storage requirements. There is no limit to the amount of data you can store in the service.
Simple– Amazon Glacier allows you to offload the administrative burdens of operating and scaling archival storage to AWS, and makes long term data archiving especially simple. You no longer need to worry about capacity planning, hardware provisioning, data replication, hardware failure detection and repair, or time-consuming hardware migrations.