AWS Solutions Architect Associate Exam Prep – S3 Life-Cycle Management

Chapter 1 – AWS Overview
Chapter 2 – IAM
Chapter 3 – S3
Chapter 4 – S3 Versioning
Chapter 5 – S3 Cross Region Replication
Chapter 6 – S3 Life-Cycle Management
Chapter 7 – Amazon Cloud Front
Chapter 8 – Amazon Storage Gateway


Chapter 6 of this blog post series will be all about Amazon’s object-based storage service, S3 and the Life-Cycle Management capabilities this service provides.

S3 Life-Cycle Management

What is Life-Cycle Management? After so many days transition to IA and then after 60 days transfer to Glacier for long term archival or just completely expire / delete the object.

  • Create a bucket, then click management to add life cycle rule
  • Automate transition to tiered storage
  • Use a life cycle rule to automatically expire objects based on retention needs.
  • You can configure “transition” for current version of objects or previous versions.
  • The files must be over 128 kb in size in order to be allowed to transition.
  • Configure expiration.
  • Default expiration is 425 days from object creation
  • Can be used in conjunction with versioning
  • Can be applied to current versions and previous versions of objects

Following actions can now be done:

  • Transition to the Standard – Infrequent Access Storage Class
    • 128kb and 30 days after the creation date
  • Archive to the Glacier Storage Class
    • 30 days after the Infrequently Accessed (default)
  • Permanently delete an object
  • 30 days is the minimum value for transitioning to Infrequently Accessed Storage Class (128kb)

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