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Your backup and archive guide to re:Invent

UPDATE: The AWS re:Invent links in this post are outdated. Please visit the AWS Events channel on YouTube for a complete on-demand playlist of AWS Storage sessions at AWS re:Invent 2019.

In one of our recent blog posts, we shared an all-in storage guide for re:Invent so you can maximize your time at the conference. We have more than 150 storage sessions ranging from breakouts, chalk talks, builder sessions, and workshops you can fill your schedule up with. Reserved seating went live on October 15. Don’t wait to reserve your spot for your favorite sessions, and be sure to check out backup and archive sessions at re:Invent.

We are excited to share the latest updates on storage services and best practices to help you seamlessly backup and archive your data. If you are new to AWS storage services, don’t worry. We’ve got you covered with chalk talks, builders sessions, and workshops where you can get started with AWS services and ask questions.

Before we dive into select backup and archive sessions, please reserve your seats for the storage leadership session:

STG201-L – Leadership session: Storage state of the union: In this leadership session, we highlight the latest innovations across all AWS storage services. Join us to learn what’s new in AWS object, file, and block storage, as well as in hybrid, edge, and data transfer services. You will also hear from major AWS storage customers about how they’re using AWS storage to create a competitive advantage in their businesses.

Breakout sessions

STG341 – Deep dive on AWS Backup: Dive deep on AWS Backup, a fully managed, policy-based backup solution. AWS Backup makes it easy to automatically back up your application data across AWS services in the cloud as well as on premises using AWS Storage Gateway. Using AWS Backup, you can centrally configure backup policies and monitor backup activity for AWS resources, such as Amazon EBS volumes, Amazon EC2 instances, Amazon RDS databases and Aurora clusters, Amazon DynamoDB tables, Amazon EFS file systems, and Storage Gateway volumes. We cover how AWS Backup functionalities help customers reduce administrative overhead and ensure compliance.

STG208 – Backup-and-restore and disaster recovery (DR) solutions with AWS: Disasters, failures, and threats come in all shapes and sizes and can significantly impact your business. In this session, learn how you can easily and cost-effectively protect your data and applications to meet your business and regulatory-compliance requirements. We discuss using CloudEndure disaster recovery for business continuity, AWS Storage Gateway services for seamless integrations to extend your backups to the cloud, and AWS Backup for centralized backup across AWS services. We also cover using Amazon Elastic File System (Amazon EFS) to back up databases and other enterprise applications.

STG234 – Data archiving and digital preservation solutions with AWS: Learn how to manage long-term data archiving and digital asset preservation needs with AWS, including information on compliance use cases requiring write-once-read-many (WORM) protection. We also discuss AWS methods for data validation and fixity checking that helps ensure that your data is available when you need it by using Amazon S3 Glacier and Amazon S3 Glacier Deep Archive.

STG217 – Shift your tape backups to AWS to save time and money: IT operations teams are asked by business stakeholders to store more data for backup, archiving, and compliance reasons, often with less budget and fewer people. If you face this challenge, see how AWS Storage Gateway’s tape-gateway configuration shifts tape backups and archives to AWS. This enables you to use the lowest-cost storage in the cloud for backups—without changing workflows or applications. Learn how tape gateways work, hear from an AWS customer how and why they are using one, and see a demonstration. Gain understanding of the business-case and deployment steps to move your tape backups to AWS.

STG304-R1 – [REPEAT 1] Deep dive on Amazon EFS: Explore the world’s first cloud-scale file system and its targeted use cases. Learn about Amazon Elastic File System’s (Amazon EFS) features and benefits, how to identify applications that are appropriate for use with Amazon EFS, and details about the service’s performance and security models. The target audience is security administrators, application developers, application owners, and infrastructure operations personnel who build or operate file-based applications or NAS.

STG303-R1 – [REPEAT 1] Deep dive on Amazon EBS: Discover how Amazon Elastic Block Store (Amazon EBS) can optimize performance and costs for workloads on Amazon EC2, such as relational and nonrelational databases, enterprise applications, big data analytics engines, file systems, and media workflows. Learn about new capabilities with Amazon EBS, features and benefits, security techniques, and details about performance and volume types. The target audience includes security administrators, application developers, application owners, and operations personnel who build or manage application infrastructure or storage area networks (SANs).

Chalk talks

STG309 – Deep dive on S3 Glacier Deep Archive: Dive deep into the Amazon S3 Glacier Deep Archive storage class and discuss the common use cases around long-term data protection, DR, and digital asset preservation. We explore the integrations with Amazon S3—object tagging, server-side encryption, cross-region replication, WORM, storage class analysis, and lifecycle policies. We also discuss how to ingest large datasets into Amazon S3 Glacier Deep Archive, using S3 APIs, AWS Management Console, and AWS Tape Gateway, a cloud-based virtual tape-library feature. Lastly, we review the retrieval options and pricing model and work through a typical scenario.

STG361 – Simplify and automate backup of AWS data: AWS offers myriad options to back up your cloud-based applications. In this chalk talk, AWS experts provide an overview of the AWS Backup solution and how to automate backup for services like Amazon Elastic File System (Amazon EFS), Amazon Elastic Block Store (Amazon EBS), Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS), AWS Storage Gateway, and Amazon DynamoDB. Learn how companies use AWS Backup to accelerate cloud migration and reduce operational workload. You also gain actionable insights to develop a cloud-based backup strategy for your company.

STG355 – Archiving media content with Amazon S3 Glacier Deep Archive: As the demand for media content continues to grow rapidly, you can eliminate on-premises tape by using Amazon S3 Glacier Deep Archive to reduce access time and rapidly shift the availability and workability of content sources. S3 Glacier Deep Archive addresses the challenges of economics and timelines associated with accessing and using large media assets throughout every step of the content creation and distribution process. S3 Glacier Deep Archive offers the lowest-cost storage in the cloud. In this session, learn from AWS experts how to eliminate your tape and archive your media content on S3 Glacier Deep Archive.

Builder sessions

STG319-R – [REPEAT] Getting started with AWS Backup: AWS offers multiple options for backing up your cloud-based applications. AWS Backup is a fully managed, policy-based backup service that centralizes and automates the backing up of data across AWS services in the cloud. Attend this session and develop a deep understanding of AWS Backup and how to implement a backup strategy to protect against data loss in your cloud workloads.

STG319-R1 – [REPEAT 1] Getting started with AWS Backup: AWS offers multiple options for backing up your cloud-based applications. AWS Backup is a fully managed, policy-based backup service that centralizes and automates the backing up of data across AWS services in the cloud. Attend this session and develop a deep understanding of AWS Backup and how to implement a backup strategy to protect against data loss in your cloud workloads.


STG313 – Hybrid architectures for database backups and file migrations: Gain hands-on experience using AWS Storage Gateway to protect on-premises data in AWS, recover it locally or in the cloud, and migrate it when the time is right. You also work with AWS Storage Gateway’s file interface, or file gateway, and Microsoft SQL Server’s native tools to back up to Amazon S3 and then rapidly recover or migrate that database to AWS. Additionally, you learn how to archive on-premises files to Amazon S3 using AWS DataSync and then access those files on-premises using AWS Storage Gateway. Use this session to hone your skills in backing up, archiving, and preparing for application migrations.

Partner Sessions

We also have dozens of sessions led by partners that you can explore and learn how you can work with APN Partners to optimize your storage use. Below are select backup sessions that our partners will be covering.


STG237-S – Learn how GMI achieves high performance for its databases: The cloud has made it possible to process massive amounts of data at scale. When it comes to large datasets, human genomic projects are considered to be some of the largest in the world. In this session, we explore how GMI, a leading genomics research company, is running multiple studies to advance development for disease treatment. You learn how the company used fast, reliable on-premises connectivity to cloud storage for quick upload of large datasets to shorten the time required to process each sequence. Additionally, you discover how GMI used NetApp persistent shared storage and Amazon EC2 Spot Instances to achieve cost savings of up to 90 percent. This presentation is brought to you by NetApp, an APN Partner.


STG210-S – Real-world Veeam backup and disaster recovery with AWS: A customer view: Join AWS customers and experts as they talk about Veeam Availability Suite backup and recovery with AWS. No matter where you are in your journey with AWS—from planning to workload migration to production—this session offers you valuable tips and lessons from AWS customers. This is an interactive session with opportunities to engage with Veeam and AWS experts who share best practices and strategies for cloud data management. This presentation is brought to you by Veeam, an APN Partner.


ARC206-S – Meredith delivers media content to all with AWS and Rubrik: Meredith Corporation is a large American media company consisting of iconic magazine brands, television stations, and radio stations. Some of their brands include PEOPLE, Better Homes & Gardens, InStyle, and Allrecipes. Delivering content online and in print requires Meredith’s IT department to maintain a robust and highly available hybrid infrastructure on premises and on AWS. Join Meredith and its cloud data management partner, Rubrik, to learn how Meredith keeps up with the growing demand for more media by leveraging different AWS services to run its production workloads. Additionally, you learn how Rubrik protects Meredith’s media assets on premises and in the cloud. This presentation is brought to you by Rubrik, an APN Partner.

Make the most of your time

Keep your nights free and don’t miss out on peculiar activities you can take advantage of at re:Invent beyond attending backup and archive sessions and workshops. Explore other storage sessions, analytics, machine learning, and robotics sessions. And don’t forget to spend ample of time meeting and networking with your account team, AWS experts and peers!

We look forward to seeing you in less than 30 days at re:Invent!