Amazon Simple Storage Service
Getting Started Guide

Considerations Going Forward

This section introduces you to topics you should consider before launching your own Amazon S3 product.

AWS Account and Security Credentials

So far you signed up for the service, got an AWS account and security credentials, and then completed a short exercise covering the essential product functions. Now that you're finished with the exercise, we recommend that you check with an administrator or coworker in your organization to determine if he or she already has an AWS account and security credentials for you to use in future interactions with AWS.

If you're an account owner or administrator and want to know more about AWS Identity and Access Management, see the product description at or the technical documentation in the IAM User Guide.


Amazon S3 provides authentication mechanisms to secure data stored in Amazon S3 against unauthorized access. Unless you specify otherwise, only the AWS account owner can access data uploaded to Amazon S3. For more information about how to manage access to buckets and objects, go to Managing Access Permissions to Your Amazon S3 Resources in the Amazon Simple Storage Service Developer Guide.

You can also encrypt your data before uploading it to Amazon S3.

AWS Integration

You can use Amazon S3 alone or in concert with one or more other Amazon products. The most common products used with Amazon S3 are:

Naming Strategy

Plan your bucket names in advance. The location of your data in Amazon S3 is a URL, generally of the form: http://[bucket-name][key]. The bucket and key names should be descriptive of the objects. Each bucket is a namespace. Within one bucket, key names cannot clash. Before naming objects in buckets, you should develop a naming strategy.


Learn the pricing structure for storing and transferring data on Amazon S3. For more information, see Amazon S3 Pricing.