Posted On: Nov 14, 2016

Starting today, you can monitor and automate action on your Amazon EBS snapshots using Amazon CloudWatch Events. CloudWatch Events provide a stream of events describing changes to your AWS resources. EBS CloudWatch Events fire when a snapshot completes or when a snapshot has been shared with you. This allows you to automate and streamline your data backup workflows by eliminating the need to poll the snapshot API to track snapshot status. You can also better adhere to best practices for multi-region disaster recovery by automating the copy of snapshots across regions upon snapshot completion. We will continue to add support for additional snapshot and volume events in future releases.

Receiving EBS CloudWatch Events is free. Services that act upon events, such as Amazon Lambda functions or Amazon SNS publish operations, are billed at standard rates. EBS CloudWatch Events is now available in US East (N. Virginia), US East (Ohio), US West (N. California), US West (Oregon), Asia Pacific (Mumbai), Asia Pacific (Seoul), Asia Pacific (Singapore), Asia Pacific (Sydney), Asia Pacific (Tokyo), EU (Frankfurt), EU (Ireland), and S. America (São Paulo). 

For more information on using Amazon EBS CloudWatch Events, please see the EBS CloudWatch Events documentation.