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New – Glacier Vault Access Policies

Amazon Glacier provides secure and durable data storage at extremely low cost (as little as $0.01 per gigabyte per month). Each item stored in Glacier is known as an archive, and can be as large as 40 terabytes. Archives are stored in vaults, each of which can store as many archives as desired.

Today we are giving you a new way to manage access to individual vaults within your AWS account. You can now define a vault access policy and use the policy to grant access to individual users, business groups, and to external business partners. Using a single access policy to control access to a vault can be simpler than using individual user and group IAM policies in many cases. For instance, you can easily write a vault access policy that denies all delete requests on your vault to protect critical data from accidental deletion. Using the vault access policy in this scenario is simpler than configuring multiple IAM policies for users and groups.

You can set up vault access policies from the AWS Management Console, AWS Command Line Interface (CLI), AWS Tools for Windows PowerShell, or by making calls to the Glacier API. You can create one access policy for each vault; it can allow or deny access to individual API functions made by particular users or groups. It can also enable cross-account access, allowing you to share a vault with other AWS accounts.

From the AWS Management Console
Here’s how you can set up a policy using the console. Start by opening the console and selecting the desired vault. You will see the new Permissions tab at the bottom:

Click on Edit Policy Document and Add Permission. Set up a policy that denies all delete requests like this:

Click on Add Permission, Save the policy, and close the window:

Available Now
This feature is available now and you can start using it today! To learn more, read about Vault Access Policies in the Glacier Developer Guide.


Jeff Barr

Jeff Barr

Jeff Barr is Chief Evangelist for AWS. He started this blog in 2004 and has been writing posts just about non-stop ever since.