Posted On: May 3, 2022

Amazon EBS Snapshots Archive is now available in Asia Pacific (Seoul), Asia Pacific (Osaka), Canada (Central), and South America (São Paulo) Regions. We launched EBS Snapshots Archive in 17 commercial regions in November, 2021, to help you save up to 75% on storage costs for EBS Snapshots that you intend to retain for more than 90 days and rarely access. EBS Snapshots are incremental in nature, storing only the changes since the last snapshot. This makes them cost-effective for daily and weekly backups that need to be accessed frequently. If you have snapshots that you access every few months or years, and would like to retain them long-term for legal or regulatory reasons, you can use EBS Snapshot Archive to store full, point-in-time snapshots at a lower cost than what you would incur if stored in the standard tier.

Snapshots in the EBS Snapshots Archive tier have a minimum retention period of 90 days. When you archive a snapshot, a full snapshot archive is created that contains all the data needed to create your EBS Volume. To create a volume from the snapshot archive, you can restore the snapshot archive to the standard tier, and then create an EBS volume from the snapshot in the same way you do today.

Complete pricing and regional availability information can be found here. To learn more about EBS Snapshots Archive, please use the technical documentation. The feature is now available all AWS commercial regions with the exception of Amazon Web Services China (Beijing) Region, operated by Sinnet, Amazon Web Services China (Ningxia) Region, operated by NWCD and the AWS Asia Pacific (Jakarta) Regions.