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What Is Amazon S3 Glacier and How to Use It

What Is Amazon S3 Glacier and How to Use It

Amazon S3 is one of the core services offered by AWS. It is rightly marketed as “storage for the internet”. It has a wide variety of use cases, from serving static websites to hosting images, managing data lakes, and much more.

In this post, we will review the ins and outs of S3 Glacier. S3 Glacier is a special storage class of Amazon S3 that provides extremely cheap storage. Continue reading

How You Can Use AWS Free Tier: SQS, SNS, SES

How You Can Use AWS Free Tier: SQS, SNS, SES

This is the third in a three-part series covering the Amazon Web Services (AWS) free tier. In our previous articles, we reviewed the free tier for the AWS compute and database offerings. In this article, you will learn about the messaging options provided by AWS. We will cover Amazon Simple Queue Service (SQS), Amazon Simple Notification Service (SNS), and Amazon Simple Email Service (SES). Continue reading

Amazon S3 Security Part 3: IAM Identities

Amazon S3 Security Part 3: IAM Identities

This is the third article in a three-part series on Amazon S3 Security In-Depth. In Part I of this series, we discussed the different mechanisms you can use to allow access to your Amazon S3 buckets and objects. In Part II, we looked at writing identity-based policies to manage access to your S3 resources. In this Part III, we will cover authentication and identity within the context of AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM). Continue reading

AWS Security Part 2: Basics of IAM Policies

AWS Security Part 2: Basics of IAM Policies

This is the second in a three-part series on Amazon S3 Security In-Depth. In Part I of this series, we discussed the different mechanisms you can use to allow access to your Amazon S3 buckets and objects. In this Part II, we will take a deeper look at managing access to your S3 resources using AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM). Continue reading

AWS Security Part 1: ACLs vs Bucket Policies vs IAM

AWS Security Part 1: ACLs vs Bucket Policies vs IAM

To use Amazon S3 effectively, you need to be aware of the security mechanisms provided by AWS to control your S3 resources. This is the first part in a three-part series on S3 security. In this part, we will discuss the three different access control tools provided by AWS to manage your S3 resources. Continue reading

How to Use S3 Select to Save Time on Amazon S3

How to Use S3 Select to Save Time on Amazon S3

In this post, you will learn about S3 Select, a feature announced by AWS in 2017 to allow you to retrieve subsets of data from an object on S3. We will discuss why you would want to use S3 Select, then walk through a simple use case of how to use S3 Select with Boto 3, the AWS SDK for Python.

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Pre-Signed URLs Use-Cases

Pre-Signed URLs Use-Cases

In this article, we'll learn how and why to use pre-signed S3 URLs to provide secure, temporary access to objects in your S3 buckets. We will discuss generating pre-signed S3 URLs for occasional, one-off use cases as well as programmatically generating them for use in your application code. There are multiple code examples for each use case.
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