AWS Lake Formation is a fully managed service that makes it easier for customers to build, secure, and manage data lakes. Lake Formation simplifies and automates many of the complex manual steps required to create a data lake, including collecting, cleaning, and cataloging data, and securely making that data available for analytics.
Before AWS Lake Formation, customers had to set up data access roles and enforce security policies across their storage and each of their different analytics engines, and update the security policies when permissions change or new end users are added. With Lake Formation, you can define policies once and enforce them in the same way for services including Amazon EMR, Amazon Redshift Spectrum, AWS Glue, and Amazon Athena. There are no additional charges to use this feature.
You can use this feature in the following AWS regions: US East (Ohio), US East (N. Virginia), US West (Oregon), Asia Pacific (Tokyo), and Europe (Ireland).