Archiving to the Cloud: Cold Storage

Amazon S3 | Microsoft Azure | Google Cloud

A single tier of storage no longer meets the backup, retention, recovery, and archiving needs of organizations with mature data protection strategies. Thus, major cloud providers like AWS, Microsoft, and Google launched less expensive storage mediums that can cost-effectively house data.

This whitepaper provides an explanation of the differences between hot, cool, and cold tiers of storage and a comparison of the most prominent public cloud storage providers: Amazon S3, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud.

We discuss:

  • Differences between hot, cool, and cold tiers of storage
  • Cost-effective and efficient backup archiving to the cloud storage
  • Comparison of Amazon, Google, and Microsoft Cloud Storage
  • Cold storage control with lifecycle policies