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Leveraging Intelligent Tiering with Amazon S3


S3 (Simple Storage Service) is an object storage service provided by AWS. It offers scalability, data availability, security, and performance. We can store unlimited data in the S3.

What is S3 Intelligent-Tiering?

Intelligent-Tiering is a property of an S3 bucket. It saves money by moving the data from one tier to another tier based on changing access patterns. Generally, it moves the frequently accessed data at a Lower cost tire and allows users to achieve the rarely used data manually.

Use Cases

Lack of Experience in Managing Storage Patterns:

If your business requires 1PB of data storage, this will cost you around $300,000 annually in storage costs if you use the S3. If you’re new to the cloud or lack of understanding of how and when your data access needs to change. This is where Intelligent-Tiering comes into the picture. S3 Intelligent tiering helps you optimize your storage automatically by moving data between the frequent and infrequent access tiers. This means you will save money that would otherwise be used to store dormant data. The frequent access tier charges you for data hosting on standard S3 storage, whereas, the infrequent or archive access tier incurs lower costs of storage.

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Step-by-Step Guide

  1. First go to the Amazon management Console (AWS Management Console ( and log in with your credentials.
  2. After successful login go to the services search box and search for S3 and select S3 bucket.


  1. We should create a bucket first by selecting create a bucket option.


  1. Give a bucket name and region where you wanted to create a bucket. Your bucket may look like below:



  1. Now we will upload a file, for example, .pdf .jpg .txt anything in my case I’m uploading a text file. Select add file option and browse your respective file location and upload it. Then, in the properties, and storage class we need to select intelligent tiering.





  1. We can see the file which we uploaded in the bucket section as an object and the storage class of it is intelligent tiering.


Available Access tiers:

There are 4 types of tiers

  • Frequent access tier: these tiers give customers low latency and high performance; it is quite costly. After 30 days the file which has not been accessed will be moved to the infrequent tier.
  • Infrequent access tier: this is low cost compared to the frequent tier and it also provides low latency and performance.
  • Archive Access tier: It has the same performance and pricing as the S3 Glacier storage class. We can specify the days from equal to 90 or up to 730 days to move the objects that haven’t been accessed.
  • Deep Archive Access tier: It has the same performance and pricing as S3 Glacier Deep Archive storage class. We can specify the days from equal to 180 or up to 730 days

7. Now we will create an Intelligent-Tiering Archive configuration which is on the bucket level. By clicking create a configuration.


  1. We can choose the configuration scope for all the objects in a bucket or limit the scope, we can add tags, and after that, in the archive rule action, we must achieve the access tier and deep-achieve access tier.



9. After configuring achieve rules we will press the create button. So, we have successfully created an Intelligent-Tiering Archive configuration.


After defining the configuration, when you upload a new object to Amazon S3 that matches the filters you defined in the rules, and you select the storage class Intelligent-Tiering, this object will transition for all the access tiers you configured as time passes and it is not accessed.


Today we have learned what S3 is and its features and what is intelligent-tier and its use cases and budget-friendly features of intelligent-tier and what each tier functions.

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1. What can I do with Amazon S3?

ANS: – Amazon S3 provides a simple web service interface that you can use to store and retrieve any amount of data, at any time, from anywhere. Using this service, you can easily build applications that make use of cloud-native storage. Since Amazon S3 is highly scalable and you only pay for what you use, you can start small and grow your application as you wish, with no compromise on performance or reliability. Amazon S3 is also designed to be highly flexible. Store any type and amount of data that you want, read the same piece of data a million times or only for emergency disaster recovery, and build a simple FTP application or a sophisticated web application such as the retail website. Amazon S3 frees developers to focus on innovation instead of figuring out how to store their data.

2. How durable and available is S3 Intelligent-Tiering?

ANS: – S3 Intelligent-Tiering is designed for the same 99.999999999% durability as the S3 Standard storage class. S3 Intelligent-Tiering is designed for 99.9% availability and carries a service level agreement providing service credits if availability is less than our service commitment in any billing cycle.

3. What performance does S3 Intelligent-Tiering offer?

ANS: – S3 Intelligent Tiering automatically optimizes your storage costs without an impact on your performance. The S3 Intelligent-Tiering Frequent, Infrequent, and Archive Instant Access tiers provide milliseconds latency and high throughput performance.

WRITTEN BY Mohammad Zubair Saifi

Mohammad Zubair Saifi works as a Research Associate at CloudThat. He has knowledge of AWS Cloud Services and resources and DevOps tools like Jenkins, Docker, K8s, Ansible, and Terraform. He is passionate about improving his skills and learning new tools and technologies.



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