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In this course, we will discuss AWS S3 Lifecycle configurations, a tool to automate the movement and deletion of content through S3 storage classes. If you’re looking for information on how to create Lifecycle configurations, this is the course for you!

Learning Objectives

  • What a Lifecycle configuration is
  • Why Lifecycle configurations are beneficial 
  • How to create a Lifecycle configuration
  • The limitations of Lifecycle configurations

Intended Audience

This course has been created for those looking to better manage their storage lifecycle and S3 storage costs or those already planning on implementing or using Lifecycle configurations that may need more information on how they work.


To get the most from this course, you should have a strong understanding of S3, including knowledge of storage classes, multipart uploads, object versioning, object tags, and prefixes. Familiarity with XML and JSON will help you understand some of the practical parts of this course. For more information on the S3 service, check out existing content here: Deep Dive: Amazon S3.


In this course, I talked a lot about lifecycle configurations. At this point, you should have a better understanding of lifecycle configurations, including what they are, how to use them, and how they can help minimize storage spend. 

Hopefully, you’re familiar with the structure of a lifecycle configuration, and excited to get started with the service and create lifecycle configurations to better manage your storage costs. 

If you would like to get some hands-on experience with Lifecycle configurations, then take a look at the following lab titled: Handling S3 Objects Events With Lifecycle Policies and Server Access Logging.

Once again, my name is Alana Layton and I hope you’ve enjoyed our time together. If you have any feedback, positive or negative, please contact us at Your feedback is greatly appreciated. Thank you and till next time!

About the Author

Alana Layton is an experienced technical trainer, technical content developer, and cloud engineer living out of Seattle, Washington. Her career has included teaching about AWS all over the world, creating AWS content that is fun, and working in consulting. She currently holds six AWS certifications. Outside of Cloud Academy, you can find her testing her knowledge in bar trivia, reading, or training for a marathon.