As a company that specializes in simplifying and demystifying Amazon Web Services (AWS), we here at CloudRanger are constantly answering questions about the AWS platform and its various features. And despite the diverse nature of our client base, one question seems to pop up on a regular basis: Where are my Amazon EBS snapshots stored?
As such, we decided to give this frequently-asked question its very own blog post. In the following article, we’ll explain in detail how and where AWS EBS snapshots are stored, and explain why the answer to this question isn’t quite as straightforward as it may seem at first glance. We’ll also explain how using CloudRanger can greatly simplify the EBS snapshot backup process.
Where are Amazon EBS snapshots stored?
For those of you who are somewhat familiar with AWS, and EBS snapshots in particular, this might seem like a simple question. After all, EBS snapshots are stored with most of your company’s other data in Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3), right? Technically, yes, that is correct. However, there’s a bit more to it than that, which is why the issue seems to cause some confusion.
As stated above, EBS snapshots are stored in Amazon S3, just like other data stored via AWS. However, if a user tries to access their EBS snapshots while using the regular Amazon S3 interface, they’re setting themselves up for disappointment. That’s because unlike other data which is stored in Amazon S3, EBS snapshots do not reside in a publically visible bucket. As a result, snapshots are not visible or retrievable via normal Amazon S3 channels even though they are stored in Amazon S3.
So, yes, EBS snapshots are stored in Amazon S3. But the fact that they are not visible or accessible makes this fact virtually irrelevant to most users.
Well then, how do I access my EBS snapshots?
While EBS snapshots are not visible within the normal Amazon S3 interface, they can still be easily accessed. Users can find their snapshots by using the AWS EC2 Console and clicking on the snapshots link in the navigation pane. Here, all of your snapshots should be visible and readily accessible. You can also apply various filters to help simplify your search.
Using CloudRanger to manage backup policies and EBS snapshots
Given the fact that EBS snapshots are not accessible through the Amazon S3 interface, it’s easy to understand why some users mistakenly assume they must be stored in another location. This issue is just one of the many quirks you’ll find when dealing with the native AWS interface. While no one can question the benefits of utilizing Amazon’s popular cloud-based platform, the system’s user interface often leaves much to be desired.
However, that’s where CloudRanger comes in. Our recently redesigned dashboard makes it easy to utilize the most popular features of AWS without having to deal with the headaches that are sometimes caused by the system’s native control panel. For example, CloudRanger allows users to create AWS EC2 backup policies in just three easy steps, and without the need for in-house scripting. And thanks to our dashboard’s intuitive design, you’ll never have a problem locating and accessing your EBS snapshots stored in S3.
Whether you are a small business, a medium business, or an enterprise user of Amazon Web Services, CloudRanger has the backup and recovery features that will meet your specific needs. Our easy-to-use AWS cloud management system is simple to install, which means your business can be up and running with CloudRanger in no time. And best of all, you can even try CloudRanger for free for 14 days. So why not experience all the cost-saving features and time-saving benefits CloudRanger has to offer?