Posted On: Aug 5, 2020

Starting today, Amazon Elastic Block Store (EBS) direct APIs for Snapshots are available in the Europe (Milan) and Africa (Cape Town) Regions. Using Amazon EBS direct APIs, customers can create snapshots of their block storage data, regardless of where it resides, including data on-premises. This enables customers to achieve business continuity in AWS at a lower cost and use the existing Fast Snapshot Restore feature to quickly recover this data into Amazon EBS volumes for use cases like disaster recovery. 

Amazon EBS direct APIs also provide the ability to directly read snapshots and get differences between two snapshots without needing to create Amazon EBS volumes and Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) instances. This enables backup providers to easily track incremental changes on EBS volumes and provide more granular recovery point objectives (RPOs) to customers at 70% lower costs. 

Complete regional availability for the feature can be found here. To learn more about the feature, see the technical documentation and pricing pages on Amazon EBS direct APIs for Snapshots.