Cloud Storage Best Practices

When analyzing Cloud Storage use, we consider three needs:

  1. Performance
  2. Retention
  3. Access patterns

Setting a lifecycle policy lets you tag specific objects or buckets and creates an automatic rule that will delete or even transform storage classes for that particular object or bucket type.

The ability to transform objects into lower-cost storage classes is a powerful tool, but one that must be used with caution. While long-term storage is cheaper to maintain for an object that is accessed at a lower frequency, there will be additional charges incurred if you suddenly need to frequently access the data or metadata that has been moved to a “colder” storage option.

“Where is this data going to be accessed from?” is a major question to consider when you’re considering performance and trying to establish the best storage class for your particular use case. Locality can directly influence how fast content is pushed to and retrieved from your selected storage location.

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