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Amazon S3 May 2020 Update

Released on May 26th, 2020

Amazon S3 Batch Operations adds Support for S3 Object Lock

You can now perform S3 Object Lock operations using Amazon S3 Batch Operations to apply or change legal holds or retention periods across many objects with a single API request or a few clicks in the S3 Management Console. S3 Batch Operations lets you perform repetitive or bulk actions like copying or updating tag sets across billions of objects. S3 Batch Operations handles all the manual work, including managing retries and displaying progress.  

S3 Object Lock protects objects from being overwritten or deleted, ensuring that objects remain immutable for as long as S3 Object Lock protection is applied. You can apply S3 Object Lock protection by either assigning a Retain Until Date or a Legal Hold to an object. For example, customers can apply policies to set a lock on log files that have an expected minimum retention to prevent accidental deletions. Now with S3 Object Lock support for S3 Batch Operations, you can apply this to billions of existing objects. For more information on how to use S3 Object Lock, see Amazon S3 Object Lock overview

You provide a list of objects, select a retention period or legal hold status, and S3 Batch Operations will apply the selected policy to the list of objects provided. For instance, you could extend the retention period by one year for millions of objects for which a hold is about to expire. You can do this by running an S3 Inventory report, selecting that inventory as a manifest, specifying a new retention date and initiating a S3 Batch Operations job. Additionally, you can now apply S3 Object Lock settings to objects copied using Batch Operations, ensuring the objects have the correct settings applied when they are created.

S3 Batch Operations support for S3 Object Lock includes all the same functionality as the S3 Object Lock API. To learn more about how to use S3 Object Lock for S3 Batch Operations jobs, see the API reference guide.

S3 Object Lock has been assessed for SEC Rule 17a-4(f), FINRA Rule 4511, and CFTC Regulation 1.31 by Cohasset Associates. Cohasset Associates is a management consulting firm specializing in records management and information governance. You can download a copy of the Cohasset Associates Assessment report here. You can then provide the assessment report to your regulator when you notify them of your decision to use Amazon S3 for your regulated data.

S3 Batch Operations and support for S3 Object Lock is available in all AWS commercial regions and the AWS GovCloud (US) Regions. S3 Batch Operations supports other actions in addition to object lock: object copy, object tagging, applying ACLs to objects, Glacier restore, and AWS Lambda functions. To learn more about S3 Batch Operations visit the feature pageread the blogwatch the video tutorials, visit the documentation, and see the FAQs

Amazon S3 adds Support for IPv6 Protocol in AWS China (Beijing) Region, Operated by Sinnet and AWS China (Ningxia) Region, Operated by NWCD

You can now access Amazon S3 objects using the IPv6 protocol via the S3 dual-stack endpoint in AWS China (Beijing) Region, operated by Sinnet, and in AWS China (Ningxia) Region, operated by NWCD. S3’s dual-stack endpoint supports both IPv4 and IPv6 protocols and allows your applications to continue to access data without any code changes while leveraging the benefits of IPv6 protocols.

IPv6 protocol support for Amazon S3 helps you meet IPv6 compliance requirements by easily integrating with existing IPv6-based on-premises applications and removing the need for expensive networking equipment to handle the address translations between IPv4 and IPv6. Applications can continue to access data through the existing APIs and virtual-hosted style (example: or path style (example: URLs. You can also utilize the existing source address filtering feature in IAM policies and bucket policies with IPv6 addresses, expanding your options to secure applications interacting with Amazon S3. There is no additional charge to use IPv6 in S3.

IPv6 support is available for all S3 features available in AWS China regions with the exception of Website Hosting and access via BitTorrent.

To get started, read the using Amazon S3 dual-stack endpoints documentation and Amazon S3 FAQs

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