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How to Create an AWS S3 Storage Lens

Why S3 storage Lens?

S3 storage service is an analytic feature of S3 used in many organizations to store a wide range of data and gain visibility on how the data is stored in S3. Migration of more applications to the S3 becomes more complicated. Managing such data and the environment becomes more complex for customers to analyze and operate. Storage Lens gives the customer the metrics to understand how the data is stored in AWS S3.  

To help customers analyze storage, AWS has the most advanced feature for storage across the AWS cloud with the S3 storage Lens. With the S3 storage lens, the user can analyze and optimize the storage using metrics and an AWS dashboard to aggregate your entire organization’s aggregate data. Storage Lens provides a dashboard that can be used to visualize the insight, flag outliers, recommend storage costs, and apply the best practice for data protection.

Storage Len can also be used in your organization to collect storage and usage data metrics for all AWS accounts that are part of the AWS Organization hierarchy. You must enable trusted access using your AWS organization management account to use.   

Once trusted access is enabled, you can assign administrator access to your account in your organization. This access provides the administrator visibility to the member and the organization’s structure to create a storage lens dashboard.

The storage lens will aggregate your metrics and display the information in the Account Snapshot section on the AWS S3 console to manage and monitor the data stored in S3 Buckets. It provides an interactive dashboard that can be used to visualize the insights and outliers. You can receive recommendations for optimizing the storage cost and applying the best practices for storing your data in S3.   


S3 Storage Lens is available in all regions and can be accessed with AWS S3 API, CL, or using an S3 console.  

S3 storage Len has two tiers

1. Free Metrics: It is free of cost and available for all customers with 15 metrics.  

2. Advanced Metrics: It incurs additional cost as they provide 29 metrics and activity metrics with 15 months of data retention and contextual recommendations

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Now let's see how to create a storage Len from the AWS S3 console

1. Sign into your AWS account    

2. On the search bar, choose S3 service

3. On the S3 console, Click on Dashboard on the left-hand side and select Create Dashboard

4. On the create dashboard page,  

a) Give a name for the dashboard as Test.  

 b) Home regions choose region,   

c) On status, choose Enable.  

d) For specific regions and buckets, choose both the options.   

e) Leave rest options as default and click on Create Dashboard. 

5. After creating the dashboard, you can see the popup which says it can take 48 hours to complete a metrics.  


6. Select the dashboard on the dashboards you created in the previous step.    

7. Data is yet to be available, as it takes 48 hours to analyze the metrics from all the buckets.   


8. After 48 hours, you can see data populated on the dashboard by analyzing all the data across your AWS account.  

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WRITTEN BY Sindhu Priya M



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