Posted On: May 10, 2021

Starting today Amazon RDS for SQL Server supports Amazon RDS Cross-Region Automated Backups. This feature extends the existing RDS backup functionality, giving you the ability to setup automatic replication of system snapshots and transaction logs from a primary AWS Region to a secondary AWS Region.

The Amazon RDS Cross-Region Automated Backups feature enables disaster recovery capability for mission critical databases by providing you the ability to restore your database to a specific point in time within your backup retention period. This allows you to quickly resume operations in the event that the primary AWS Region becomes unavailable.

Amazon RDS for SQL Server supports this feature for SQL Server 2014 and later. You can now use this feature between us-east-1 and us-west-2, eu-central-1 and eu-west-1, and from ap-northeast-1 to ap-northeast-3.

Pricing is comprised of the storage for snapshots and the data transfer of the snapshots and the transaction logs. Data transfer between the primary AWS Region to a secondary AWS Region is billed based on the data transfer rates of the applicable AWS Regions. See Amazon RDS for SQL Server Pricing for pricing details and regional availability.

Amazon RDS makes it easy to set up, operate, and scale a relational database on AWS. To learn more about Amazon RDS Cross-region Automated Backups, please visit the Amazon RDS User Guide.