Sunday, April 28, 2013

Using CrossFTP as Amazon Glacier Client on Windows, Mac, and Linux

Amazon Glacier is an extremely low-cost storage service that provides secure and durable storage for data archiving and backup. In order to keep costs low, Amazon Glacier is optimized for data that is infrequently accessed and for which retrieval times of several hours are suitable.

CrossFTP comes with full support of Amazon Glacier on Windows, Mac, and Linux. It allows you to create vaults, move data to vaults and request to download the data back to your computer.

Connect to Amazon Glacier

You can create a new Amazon Glacier site in Sites -> Site Manager, and choose the Protocol as Amazon Glacier/HTTPS.

New Amazon Glacier Site

 Create Vault

You can create new vaults at the root folder of the Amazon Glacier site by choosing New Folder.
You can upload/backup your local files to the Amazon Glacier site by Transfer / Drag & Drop local files to the remote site. By default, all files transferred to Amazon Glacier will be stored in CrossFTP's local cache pool with the file metadata, so that you can browse your vault inventory directly. However, after your request a file download/retrieval, normally it will take 4~5 hours before Amazon can finish the preparation to initiate the download of file.

Retrieve Vault Inventory

Attention: if you upload files using other Amazon Glacier tools, or the vault's content seems incorrect, you need to retrieve the vault inventory.
If you want to retrieve the content of the vault inventory, you can simply press the Refresh folder button. CrossFTP will confirm with you whether you want to download the content of the vault inventory. Again, it normally takes 4~5 hours before Amazon can finish the preparation to initiate the download of file.

 The cost of data on Amazon Glacier involves with the data's size and retrieve rate. You can have a quick calculation using the following tool: http://liangzan.net/aws-glacier-calculator/

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CrossFTP is a FTP, SFTP, FXP, WebDav, Amazon S3, Amazon Glacier and Google Cloud Storage client for Windows, Mac, and Linux.
CrossFTP Team
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16 comments:

Dave Simmons said...
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Dave Simmons said...

What does CrossFTP send to Glacier as the description (metadata)? For example if uploading c: > photos > spring2013 > cat-with-yarn.jpg, with file date 4-21-2013 12:10 AM and size of 220 KB ?

CrossFTP said...

You can find the archive description of CrossFTP at http://www.crossftp.com/amazon-glacier-client.htm . Just search for the section "Understand Archive Description (For Developers)".

JONO HUSIN said...

Help me please,.. i tried to transfer file from my FTP server (shared hosting) to Amazon s3 , But,..it can't transfer it to S3 ?

both site already connected correcly ( My FTP & s3 account),.. But when i trid it again ,it always filed,.

details error:

Last error from unknown transfer thread:
[L] NOOP
[L] 200 Zzz...
[L] FXP allows only FTP sites as peers.


so what should i do to make it work ??? plerase reply to my email jonohusin@gmail.com thx

G. Patrick Dobbs said...

One thing I'm confused about. Using this service, will Amazon Glacier require a 4-5 wait time every time a new task is initiated, or is it simply for the initial task? As a network admin, a 4-5 wait per takes seems like a massive con in pushing this software as my company's main use for accessing our data.

CrossFTP said...

Hi, Patrick:
4~5 hours' waiting time is for the Amazon to prepare for the task data's initialization from cold storage.

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Jeremy Simkins said...

Glacier isn't working for me or I am missing something. I uploaded 2 files to Glacier and it shows them in the list. When I check Glacier from CLI I still show nothing is stored... Any ideas?

Jeremy Simkins said...

As a follow up, this is due to how Glacier works. It will take hours to see your files. I also copied them VIA CLI and noticed it still looked empty. Waited a day and all is well. I can even see the files from this app did upload directly.

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