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As your data grows and diversifies, storing, protecting, and recovering it becomes increasingly challenging. AWS offers the tools and resources to build scalable, durable, and secure backup & restore solutions to augment or replace your existing capabilities. Work with AWS and our ecosystem of storage partners to meet your Recovery Time Object (RTO), Recovery Point Objective (RPO), data retention, and compliance requirements — with pay-as-you-go pricing and no upfront capital investments. Whether your IT environment is on-premises, hybrid, or cloud-native, AWS can help you design and deploy a data-protection solution that meet your needs.

Understand all the considerations around designing and deploying an effective cloud backup solution by reading the Gartner report "Elastic Cloud Backup Engines Dictate the Success of Backup to the Cloud."  


Durability and Availability

AWS object, block, and file storage services are built for optimal durability and availability so that you can access your data anytime, anywhere. Data is distributed across physical facilities within an AWS Region and data can be automatically replicated to another AWS Region. Our global reach enables backup & restore where you operate for business and compliance purposes.

Flexibility and Scalability

AWS offers the most flexible storage management features so that storage administrators can classify, report, and visualize data usage trends to reduce costs and improve service levels. AWS customers also have access to virtually unlimited capacity to accommodate growing data volumes. Scale consumption as needs change without administrative overhead or hardware procurement cycles.

Cost Efficiencies

Our pricing options offer the flexibility to effectively manage your costs and still maintain the performance and capacity your business requires. With AWS, you can quickly and easily rightsize your services, leverage Reserved and Spot Instances, and use pricing management tools to monitor costs so that you can always be on top of how much you are spending.

Security

AWS data center and network architecture is designed for organizations that must meet the most stringent security and compliance requirements. For maximum data protection, AWS object storage services offer encryption features such as service-side encryption, AWS KMS (to manage your own encryption keys), and AWS Cloud HSM (to generate, store, and manage cryptographic keys).

Compliance

AWS manages many security assurance programs, which means segments of your compliance are already completed. We also offer governance-focused features to satisfy a range of privacy and audit requirements. This level of protection helps highly-regulated organizations operate more securely on AWS than on-premises.

Compliance

AWS supports the widest range of options to move data into (or out of) the cloud. Migrate data via networks and roads, use transfer services that best fit your requirements, and employ tracking services to gain visibility into the progress of your migrations. AWS also offers the largest ecosystem of partners so that you can work with the service provider of your choice. Learn More »

Largest Partner Ecosystem

Storage technology and consulting services from familiar solution providers already work with AWS. The AWS Partner Network (APN) includes global Technology and Consulting Partners that specialize in storage-focused solutions and services for a vast range of workloads and use cases. Easily find, buy, deploy, and manage cloud-ready resources in a matter of minutes from AWS Marketplace. Learn More »

More Backup & Restore Resources

AWS offers the most complete range of cloud storage services to support both virtually any Backup & Restore workload or application. To learn more about all of our storage services and access all documentation, visit Backup & Restore AWS Resources and start designing the optimal solution for your IT environment and organization needs.

AWS offers all the tools and capabilities you need to migrate data into the cloud and build comprehensive backup & restore solutions that are compatible with your IT environment. For on-premises and hybrid data environments, customers can work with the Amazon Partner Netowork to find partners that seamlessly integrate with AWS tools. See below for sample backup & restore reference architectures built with AWS services.

On-Premises

On-Premises

AWS can help protect data managed in your own data centers by backing it up to the cloud. All kinds of customers use the cloud to replace tape, streamline media management and simplify archival processes. Most major backup software vendors integrate direclty with AWS and preserve media catalogs and existing backup jobs. Or, choose the AWS Storage Gateway configuration that best suits your requirements – tape, volume, or file – and augment existing backup processes with Amazon S3, Amazon Glacier or Amazon EBS.   

Hybrid

Hybrid

Some applications need data both on site and in the cloud at the same time. AWS Storage Gateway is ideal for organizations that want to work with data locally as well as in the cloud. For backups, this means integrating with existing systems and applications using standard storage protocols, while offering a virtually unlimited cloud back-end for big data analytics, archive, disaster or recovery.

Cloud-Native

Cloud-Native

This environment has workloads that exist entirely on AWS, where customers have access to virtual servers, databases, applications, monitoring services, and Active Directory. Backup in this environment may require a migration service to move data to the cloud and then leverage integrated AWS cloud-native capabilities for object, block, and file system backups (such as versioning, snapshots or cross-region replication). Of course, traditional backup software can also be used to manage data and jobs.

Learn more about these architectures by reading Backup & Recovery Approaches Using AWS »

For more information about AWS storage services, visit Backup & Restore Resources »

King County

To replace its tape backup system, King County worked with AWS to build a long-term archiving and storage solution. Learn More »

Thomson Reuters

Thomson Reuters uses Amazon Kinesis to stream data into Amazon S3 for permanent backup. Backups are replicated across AWS Regions for redundancy. Learn More »

Hess Corporation

Hess uses AWS to create snapshots of data volumes and stores them in S3 for nightly backups. The company also relies on Glacier for archiving. Learn More »


Unilever

Unilever stores data backups in Amazon S3. It also stores Amazon EBS snapshots in Amazon S3 in multiple Regions for data redundancy. Learn More »

The Weather Company

All of The Weather Company's data is stored in Amazon S3, leveraging the efficiency of cloud storage and the backup and replication capabilities. Learn More »

Kempinski Hotels

Kempinski chose APN Premier Consulting Partner Cloudreach to migrate to AWS and enable cloud data management, monitoring, and backup. Learn More »

Tape Replacement

For many organizations, tape backup is critical for protecting data and applications but remains a fault-prone, resource-intensive, and costly process. To help companies build more resilient and high-performance backup capabilities, AWS offers data migration services, storage services, and partner solutions to improve and replace tape backups, on-premises tape libraries, and offsite physical archiving services. By working with AWS and our partners, organizations are leveraging the durability, scalability, cost efficiencies, flexibility, and automation features of AWS to protect their data while remaining agile in an ever-evolving marketplace.

Service
Description
Highlights
AWS Storage Gateway

AWS Storage Gateway can act as a drop-in replacement for tape or VTL backups, by setting it up as a Virtual Tape Library (VTL) that spans from your on-premises environment to the AWS cloud. Connect the “Tape Gateway” to your backup application and keep existing workflows while writing to virtual tapes stored on Amazon S3 or archived on Amazon Glacier.

  • Compatible with a variety of leading backup applications
  • Eliminate tape system costs, maintenance and archiving service fees and ongoing tape media costs
  • Affordable data archiving for long-term retention, with predictable retrieval time
Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) Amazon S3 is built to store and retrieve any amount of data from anywhere. S3 can be used for media storage and distribution, to build data lakes for analytics, as a backup target, and as a storage tier for serverless applications. S3 also supports three storage classes for different use cases.
  • 99.999999999% durability
  • Storage for any type and amount of data
  • 3 storage classes: Standard, Standard - Infrequent Access, and Amazon Glacier (see below)
Amazon Glacier

Amazon Glacier is a data archiving and long-term data backup service. It is designed to cost effectively retain data for months, years, or decades. Customers can deploy compliance controls using Vault Lock to meet compliance archiving requirements. Glacier provides three retrieval options to access data — within a few minutes to several hours.

  • 99.999999999% durability
  • $0.004 per gigabyte, per month
  • Storage for any type and amount of data
  • 3 retrieval options: Expedited, Standard, and Bulk
  • Compliance storage controls
Learn more about Virtual Tape Backup to AWS »

Block Storage Backup

Not only does Amazon EBS provide persistent block storage volumes for use with Amazon EC2, it also has backup capabilities. Amazon EBS customers can create snapshots (backups) of any EBS volume. These snapshots are then placed in Amazon S3 to be stored securely and redundantly in multiple Availability Zones. Snapshots are incremental backups, which means that only blocks on the device that have changed after your most recent snapshot are saved. This minimizes the time and costs required to store the snapshots. You can use EBS snapshots to back up large databases as well (often used for databases that are required to run 24/7).

Service
Description
Highlights
Amazon Elastic Block Store (Amazon EBS)
Amazon EBS provides persistent block storage volumes for use with Amazon EC2. Each Amazon EBS volume is automatically replicated within its Availability Zone. To keep backups of your data, create a snapshot of an EBS volume and store it in Amazon S3. You can create an EBS volume from a snapshot, and attach it to another instance.
  • Designed for application workloads
  • Consistent, low-latency performance
  • Choice of SSD & HDD-backed volumes
  • Encryption of data volumes, boot volumes, and snapshots
Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3)
Amazon S3 is built to store and retrieve any amount of data from anywhere. S3 can be used for media storage and distribution, to build data lakes for analytics, as a backup target, and as a storage tier for serverless applications. S3 also supports three storage classes for different use cases.
  • 99.999999999% durability
  • Storage for any type and amount of data
  • 3 storage classes: Standard, Standard - Infrequent Access, and Amazon Glacier (see below)
AWS Storage Gateway
AWS Storage Gateway is a hybrid storage service that enables your on-premises applications to seamlessly use AWS Cloud storage. You can use the volume gateway service store data in local volumes, snapshot those volumes, and move them into the the cloud, where  they can be used as block storage volumes on an Amazon EC2 instance.
  • Compatible with any local host operating system that uses the iSCSI protocol
  • Eliminates complex replication and synchronization concerns
  • Affordable snapshot data storage for long-term retention, with simple recoveries in the cloud
Learn how to create an Amazon EBS Snapshot »

DR & BC

When designing backup strategies, organizations must identify the disaster situations that can occur, anticipate the potential impacts, and build comprehensive disaster recovery solutions. Doing so is one of the most important steps to ensuring business continuity during and after events that could negatively impact your operations, financial performance, and brand. To get ahead of disaster events, organizations are using AWS to enable faster disaster recovery of critical IT systems without incurring the infrastructure expense of a second physical site. We support many architectures such as pilot light, warm standby, and hot standby environments.

Features
Description
Regions
AWS Regions are independent of each other and there are no differences in the way you access and use them. This enables you to create disaster recovery solutions without the challenges that a second location would normally incur.
Storage Services
AWS offers a complete range of storage services that support different access classes. Select from object, file, and block storage services to start designing your required disaster recovery capabilities.
Data Migration Services
AWS offers tools to help you import and export data via networks, roads, and technology partners. We also offer the AWS Migration Hub to monitor migrations and the AWS Database Migration Service.
Amazon Storage Gateway
AWS Storage Gateway is a hybrid storage service that enables your on-premises applications to seamlessly use AWS Cloud storage. You can use the service to migrate data into the cloud via common storage interfaces, so you can move files into S3 as objects, block storage volumes into EBS, and tape backups into S3 and Glacier.
Learn more about working with AWS to build Disaster Recovery Capabilities »

Dtabase Backup

Amazon Relational Database Services (Amazon RDS) makes it easy to set up, operate, and scale a relational database in the cloud. In addition to being cost-efficient, flexible, and scalable, Amazon RDS automates the creation of storage volume snapshots of a database instance. The entire storage volume includes all files, so these snapshots are backing up the entire database instance (not just individual databases). This means you can quickly and easily recover your database to any point in time during the backup retention period.

Service
Description
Highlights
Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS) Amazon RDS is a managed service that makes it easy to set up, operate, and scale a relational database in the cloud with access to the capabilities of a familiar MySQL, MariaDB, Oracle, SQL Server, or PostgreSQL database. Amazon RDS  automatically creates and saves backups of your database instance according to the backup retention period you specify. When necessary, recover your database to any point in time during the backup retention period.
  • Automated backup policy with a retention period you specify
  • Keeps your database software up to date with the latest version
  • Easy to manage with the AWS Management Console
Amazon DynamoDB Amazon DynamoDB is a managed NoSQL database service that supports both document and key-value store models. DynamoDB also offers fully automated, on-demand backup capabilities and point-in-time restore services. This means you can create full backups of your DynamoDB tables, that can range from a few MBs to 100s of TBs, with no impact on performance and availability to your production applications.
  • Fully managed with encryption, catalogue, discovery, and retention capabilities
  • Easy to use to create, restore, and delete backups
  • Fast and scalable to backup tables of any size
Amazon Elastic Block Store (Amazon EBS) Amazon EBS provides persistent block storage volumes for use with Amazon EC2. Each Amazon EBS volume is automatically replicated within its Availability Zone. To keep backups of your data, create a snapshot of an EBS volume and store it in Amazon S3. You can create an EBS volume from a snapshot, and attach it to another instance.
  • Designed for application workloads
  • Consistent, low-latency performance
  • Choice of SSD & HDD-backed volumes
  • Encryption of data volumes, boot volumes, and snapshots
AWS Storage Gateway
AWS Storage Gateway is a hybrid storage service that enables your on-premises applications to seamlessly use AWS Cloud storage. You can use the volume gateway service store data in local volumes, snapshot those volumes, and move them into the the cloud, where  they can be used as block storage volumes on an Amazon EC2 instance.
  • Compatible with any local host operating system that uses the iSCSI protocol
  • Eliminates complex replication and synchronization concerns
  • Affordable snapshot data storage for long-term retention, with simple recoveries in the cloud
AWS Database Migration Hub The AWS Database Migration Service can migrate data to and from most widely used commercial and open-source databases. The source database remains operational during the migration, minimizing downtime to applications. The service supports homogenous migrations such as Oracle to Oracle and heterogeneous migrations between different database platforms. It also allows you to stream data to Amazon Redshift, DynamoDB, and S3 from any of  supported sources.
  • Continuous data replication capabilities
  • Supports homogenous and heterogenous database replications
  • Enables data consolidation and analysis
  • Manage with the AWS Management Console
Learn more about Amazon RDS Backup & Restore » and Amazon Dynamo DB Backup & Restore »
Object Storage

AWS object storage services Amazon S3 and Amazon Glacier offer unmatched durability, availability, scalability, and security, which is why AWS stores data for millions of applications used by market leaders in every industry. These benefits also make AWS an ideal backup target. Amazon S3 offers the most flexible set of storage management and administration capabilities, which let you define lifecycle rules to automatically migrate less frequently accessed data to S3 Standard-Infrequent Access and S3 One Zone-Infrequent Access, and archive data sets to Amazon Glacier. AWS object storage also supports versioning to preserve, retrieve and restore every version of every object you’ve ever stored in an Amazon S3 bucket; with versioning, you can easily recover from both intended user actions and application failures. 

Service
Description
Highlights
Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) Amazon S3 is built to store and retrieve any amount of data from anywhere. S3 can be used for media storage and distribution, to build data lakes for analytics, as a backup target, and as a storage tier for serverless applications. S3 also supports four storage classes for different use cases.
  • 99.999999999% durability
  • Storage for any type and amount of data
  • 4 storage classes: Standard, Standard-Infrequent Access, One Zone-Infrequent Access, and Amazon Glacier (see below)
Amazon Glacier

Amazon Glacier is a data archiving and long-term data backup service. It is designed to cost effectively retain data for months, years, or decades. Customers can deploy compliance controls using Vault Lock to meet compliance archiving requirements. Glacier provides three retrieval options to access data — within a few minutes to several hours.

  • 99.999999999% durability
  • $0.004 per gigabyte, per month
  • Storage for any type and amount of data
  • 3 retrieval options: Expedited, Standard, and Bulk
  • Compliance storage controls
Learn more about AWS Object Storage »  

Archive & Cold Storage

Amazon EFS is a highly available, durable file storage service that also provides easy-to-deploy, file-system backup capabilities. Customers using Amazon EFS can automatically copy data from one Amazon EFS file system (the source file system) to another (the backup file system). They can also back up on-premises file systems directly to the AWS Cloud. Backup schedules can be defined and automatically deployed with services such as Amazon CloudWatch and AWS Lambda.  

Service
Description
Highlights
Amazon Elastic File System (Amazon EFS) Amazon EFS provides simple, scalable file storage for use with Amazon EC2 instances. It is designed to provide performance for a broad spectrum of workloads and applications, including big data and analytics, media processing workflows, content management, web serving, and home directories.
  • File storage access across multiple instances
  • Simple web interface with the AWS Management Console
  • Designed to provide throughput, IOPS, and low latency
  • Highly available and durable
Amazon CloudWatch

Amazon CloudWatch is a monitoring service for resources and applications running on AWS. Use it to collect and track metrics, collect and monitor log files, set alarms, and automatically react to changes in your AWS resources, such as Amazon EC2 instances, Amazon DynamoDB instances,  Amazon RDS DB instances.

  • Accessed via API, command-line interface, AWS SDKs, and the AWS Management Console
  • Works with any operating system supported by Amazon EC2
  • Integration with AWS Indentity and Access Management to monitor users of AWS resources
AWS Lambda AWS Lambda is a serverless compute service that runs your code in response to events and automatically manages the underlying compute resources for you. You can use AWS Lambda to extend other AWS services with custome logic, or create your own back-end services that oerate at AWS scale, performance, and security.
  • Completely automated administration
  • Built-in fault tolerance
  • Automatic scaling
  • Ability to run code in response to Amazon CloudFront events
  • Integrated security model
  • Bring your own code
  • Pay for what you use
Learn more about Backing up a File System to the AWS Cloud »  

Data Migration & Transfer

Moving your data to and from AWS can be a costly, timely, and complex challenge, especially if you’re trying to minimize disruptions. This is why AWS offers a variety of tools and partner solutions to import and export data via the networks, roads, and technology partners that best fit your application and enterprise requirements. With AWS, moving data to the cloud for backup is even easier with our tracking services, which give you complete visibility into the progress of your data migrations, such as the AWS Migration Hub and the AWS Database Migration Service.

Service
Description
Highlights
AWS Database Migration Hub The AWS Database Migration Service can migrate data to and from most widely used commercial and open-source databases. The source database remains operational during the migration, minimizing downtime to applications. The service supports homogenous and heterogeneous migrations between different database platforms. It also allows you to stream data to Amazon Redshift, DynamoDB, and S3 from supported sources.
  • Continuous data replication capabilities
  • Supports homogenous and heterogenous database replications
  • Enables data consolidation and analysis
AWS Direct Connect

Establish private connectivity between AWS and your data center, office, or colocation environment. AWS Direct Connect allows for the same connection to access public resources (like Amazon S3 objects using public IP address space) and private resources (like Amazon EC2 instances running within an Amazon VPC using private IP space).

  • Bandwidth cost reductions
  • Increased throughputs
  • Consistent network performance
  • Compatibile with all AWS services
  • Private connectivity to Amazon VPC
Amazon Kinesis Firehose
This is a fully managed service that captures, transforms, and loads streaming data into AWS to be used with Amazon S3, Redshift, Kinesis Analytics, and Elasticsearch Service. These services can be configured with existing business intelligence tools and dashboards to enable near real-time analytics.
  • Autoscales for required throughput
  • Batching and compression capabilities
  • Data encryption
  • Data format transformation capabilities
  • Integrated with AWS data stores
AWS Migration Hub AWS Migration Hub provides a single location to track the progress of application migrations across multiple AWS and partner solutions. Choose the AWS or partner migration tools that best fit your needs. The AWS Migration Hub also provides key metrics and progress reports for individual applications.
  • Single place to monitor migrations
  • Flexibility to use a variety of  migration tools
  • Only pay for cost of  migration tools and AWS resources utilized
Amazon S3 Transfer Acceleration Amazon S3 Transfer Acceleration makes public Internet transfers to Amazon S3 faster. This is ideal for recurring jobs that travel across the globe, such as media uploads, backups, and local data processing tasks. Improvements are typically in the range of 50% to 500% for cross-country transfers of larger objects.
  • Maximizes data transfer speeds
  • No gateway servers to manage
  • No firewalls to open
  • No special protocols or clients to integrate
  • Low per-GB rate for data transferred
AWS Snowball AWS Snowball is a data transport solution that accelerates moving terabytes to petabytes of data into and out of AWS using storage appliances designed to be secure for physical transport. AWS Snowball helps eliminate challenges that can be encountered with large-scale data transfers, including high network costs, long transfer times, and security.
  • Data encryption
  • Tamper-proof enclosures
  • End-to-end tracking
  • Can be used in parallel
  • 2 data capacity options: 42TB & 72TB
  • Manage with the AWS Management Console
AWS Snowball Edge AWS Snowball Edge is a 100TB data transport device with storage and compute capabilities. It can be used as a temporary storage tier or to perform independent local workloads in remote locations. Snowball Edge supports an S3-compatible end-point, file interface with NFS support, cluster mode so multiple devices act as a single storage pool, and AWS Lambda functions.
  • S3-compatible end-point
  • File interface with NFS support
  • AWS Lambda functions
  • Data encryption
  • Tamper-proof enclosures
  • End-to-end tracking
  • Manage with the AWS Management Console
AWS Snowmobile
AWS Snowmobile is an exabyte-scale data migration service that can move large datasets to AWS. Each Snowmobile is a secure truck with up to 100PB storage capacity that can be dispatched to your site and connected directly to your network. Migrate an exabyte of data with 10 Snowmobiles in parallel from a single location or multiple data centers.
  • 100PB of storage per Snowmobile
  • Can be used in parallel
  • Data Encryption
  • Tamper-proof enclosures
  • End-to-end tracking
  • 24/7 video surveillance, alarm monitoring, and GPS tracking
  • Optional security escorts while in transit
AWS Storage Gateway AWS Storage Gateway is a hybrid storage service that enables your on-premises applications to seamlessly use AWS Cloud storage. You can use the service to migrate data into the cloud via common storage interfaces, so you can move files into S3 as objects, block storage volumes into EBS, and tape backups into S3 and Glacier.
  • 3 interfaces to choose from: File (NFS), Volume (iSCSI), and Tape (iSCSI-VTL)
  • Highly-optimized with bandwidth management, automated network resilience, and efficient data transfer
  • Local appliance caches and buffers on-premises data and efficiently moves it into AWS storage services
Learn more about Cloud Data Migration » 

Archive & Cold Storage

Whether to satisfy internal governance purposes or regulatory compliance requirements, organizations must retain data for extended durations which traditionally requires expensive, purpose-built hardware and can quickly drive up storage costs as data volumes grow. AWS offers the storage services you need to build long-term archiving capabilities to store and backup data cost-effectively for years or even decades. AWS lifecycle policies can be automated, which makes transitioning data from Amazon S3 to Amazon Glacier simple. Additionally, Amazon Glacier Vault Lock provides write-once-read-many (WORM) storage to meet compliance requirements for records retention.

Service
Description
Highlights
Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) Amazon S3 is built to store and retrieve any amount of data from anywhere. S3 can be used for media storage and distribution, to build data lakes for analytics, as a backup target, and as a storage tier for serverless applications. S3 also supports four storage classes for different use cases.
  • 99.999999999% durability
  • Storage for any type and amount of data
  • 4 storage classes: Standard, Standard-Infrequent Access, One Zone-Infrequent Access, and Amazon Glacier (see below)
Amazon Glacier

Amazon Glacier is a data archiving and long-term data backup service. It is designed to cost effectively retain data for months, years, or decades. Customers can deploy compliance controls using Vault Lock to meet compliance archiving requirements. Glacier provides three retrieval options to access data — within a few minutes to several hours.

  • 99.999999999% durability
  • $0.004 per gigabyte, per month
  • Storage for any type and amount of data
  • 3 retrieval options: Expedited, Standard, and Bulk
  • Compliance storage controls
Learn more about Data Archiving with AWS »  

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