Is there a plan for S3 "Infrequent Access" support?

Love the Object Storage offering and the fact that it's S3 compatible.

I'm just wondering if there is a plan to expand the offering to include different storage classes? More specifically the IA (Infrequent Access) tier.

The IA tier is generally offered at a lower price point / GB of storage, with higher GET request costs and is geared toward colder backup storage. You can manage which tier files end up in depending on life-cycle policies for the bucket, but otherwise, the access to the files is fully-transparent regardless of which tier they're stored in.

While the standard tier offers great relative performance, it would be nice to have a less expensive option for pure backup geared storage. Other S3 Compatible storage providers (I won't name names here) are offering rates as low as $0.005 / GB vs. the ~standard $0.02 / GB.

Would really like to have this as a native option!


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Hey Kevin,

Thanks for the suggestions! I've passed this along to the team, and this is something that we're considering.

Since we're in the early stages of looking into it, there's no ETA on if or when this will be available, but it's something that we'd announce on our blog - so keep checking back!

One thing I’d love to see which goes along with this, is SSD drives (as I understand it, please correct me if I’m wrong, the block storage clusters run on spinning disks and it’s the same infrastructure used for object storage.)

I get half the write speed of Digital Ocean’s block storage which is on SSD (80Mb/a vs 150), and a quarter of the speed of my previous host which again had recently upgraded to SSD - 350Mb/s.)

You could then offer 2 tiers - one on spinning disks, one on SSD - at 2 different price points.

Of course I don’t know how technically feasible this is, but it’d be nice :)


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