Archiving your S3 content

In a previous post I showed how to setup a Glacier Vault and put data in it by using a CLI. Another way to make use of the cheaper storage service is to move your data from a S3 bucket into a Glacier vault. You can do this by making use of the Object Lifecycle Management which make it possible to move data from your S3 bucket to a Glacier storage class by simply applying a rule like if data in a bucket is more than 3 months old move it.

Please note that although the object is stored in Glacier you cannot access the object from the Glacier console or API. You can only access them via the S3 service to restore a copy of it for a certain time.

Go to the S3 services and select the bucket you want to archive:
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Make sure you select the root of the bucket. If so, then the option ‘Lifecycle’ is available as property. Click ‘Add rule’ to add an archiving rule:
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In the ‘Rule’ window you can define which objects in the bucket should be moved to the Glacier and when:
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After saving the rule just wait and after some time you can see the Storage Class of your objects in the bucket that matches the defined rule will be moved from the ‘Standard’ Storage class to the ‘Glacier’ storage class:
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Now these objects are stored in the Glacier storage (and thus no longer accessible in real time).

About Pascal Alma

Pascal is a senior IT consultant and has been working in IT since 1997. He is monitoring the latest development in new technologies (Mobile, Cloud, Big Data) closely and particularly interested in Java open source tool stacks, cloud related technologies like AWS and mobile development like building iOS apps with Swift. Specialties: Java/JEE/Spring Amazon AWS API/REST Big Data Continuous Delivery Swift/iOS
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