How I ended up paying $150 for a single 60GB download from Amazon Glacier

Enter Amazon Glacier

Messing With a Good Thing

Wrong Tool For the Job

The small print. (That’s not actually the small print.)

The Retrieval

Filename: /Users/mka/Desktop/CDt/Bjork.zip
Size: 1.16 GB
Uploaded: 10/02/12 06:05:03 (3 years ago)
Ready for download: no
Requested for download: no
Id: 6hBxRXh17lDpQijj9aR___Twgf8RjFJin2YAZ6m51xRyfirG7WmH10eQPGdWKI0vlSFFysQP1GnMwHVXQ87dplDj1geOHRrNalkMRD58YFoaGCQ3KxGFYHhXWTEC17YZ-M0Zmt3_7Q
Tree hash: 82f720ed65d46ad5213be50d178beba19d18ca38d4b431e39593e75496360417

Open source to the rescue

$ ./glacier.py --region eu-west-1 archive retrieve cdt “/Users/mka/Desktop/CDt/Bjork.zip” &
$ ./glacier.py --region eu-west-1 archive retrieve cdt “/Users/mka/Desktop/CDt/Bjork.zip”glacier: queued retrieval job for archive ‘/Users/mka/Desktop/CDt/Bjork.zip’

The Uh-Oh Moment

SUPRISE!

Always Read the Small Print

Still not the actual small print.

Cloud Services Pricing For Fun And Profit

  • 60.8GB retrieved over 4 hours = a peak retrieval rate of 15.2GB per hour
  • 15.2GB/hour at $0.011/GB over the 744 hours in January = $124.40
  • Add 24% VAT for the total of $154.25.
  • Actual data transfer bandwith is extra.

Epilogue

TL;DR

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