AWS Backup simplifies and automates backups for all AWS resources

Amazon recently announced the release of its AWS Backup tool in certain regions. The tool is made to help organizations automate backups and manage them from one central dashboard. You can create policy-driven backup plans to make future backups simple. Then you can monitor all of your ongoing backups, verify compliance, and restore backups all from one main dashboard. Here’s what you should know about the tool and what it can provide for users.

About AWS Backup

AWS Backup is meant to help you protect all of your AWS resources, including Amazon EFS file systems, RDS databases, and EBS volumes. It only takes a few clicks within the AWS Backup console to create policies and schedule automatic backups.

The solution is policy-based, meaning that you’re responsible for setting up rules for backups. Then the system can automatically save copies of the files that fall within those parameters. This is meant to help you simplify your backup management since you should no longer need to go in and save things manually or back up unnecessary files. It can also help organizations meet backup compliance requirements.

For those who use the AWS cloud for building applications, the data may be spread across multiple AWS services, databases, and file systems. But AWS Backup works with all of these different programs and assets. So you can simply create policies to back up all of your relevant items across all of AWS.

How to get started

AWS Backup is currently available in a few select regions, including U.S. East (Northern Virginia), U.S. East (Ohio), U.S. West (Oregon), and EU (Ireland). If you fall into one of those regions, you can get started with AWS Backup in minutes.

Start by opening the AWS Backup Console. Then create a backup plan. You can build this plan from scratch, start from an existing plan, or define rules using JSON. To build a new plan, you simply give it a name and then create your first rule. You can indicate how often you want Backup to run and define the lifecycle. Additionally, you can create an on-demand recovery point for any of your resources, if necessary.

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