Your disaster recovery plan will need to budget for extra egress costs if you ever need to restore something big from one of those virtual tapes. AWS charges for egress -- downbound -- bandwidth but they don't charge for ingress -- upbound -- bandwidth.
(And I think it's funny their icons and images look like old school DECTapes.)
That’s a lot of 9s.
Why doesn't Iron Mountain or some other competitor offer a service like this?
That being said, kudos to Amazon for having a solution for those who aren't in my circles and still use them.
Only huge companies like Amazon can be this dumb. They don't even mention tar or pax, the two most common tape backup applications.
Also, how will this magic Amazon "Tape Gateway" back up petabytes over slow links? There are many data heavy businesses that don't necessarily have tons of Internet bandwidth. Fully saturating a 100 Mbps outgoing connection will only get you 1 TB a day, so what happens when you have a tape's worth of new data daily and an already heavily used Internet connection?