Category: Backups

Regardless of what type of platform you are using, the need to make regular backups of your business’s data is self-evident. But a major benefit of working with Amazon Web Services (AWS) is the ability to easily and efficiently make incremental backups of your company’s data by utilizing Amazon EBS snapshots.

Despite their popularity, not everyone is familiar with how Amazon EBS snapshots work. So in the following article, we’ll take a more in-depth look at native EBS snapshots, and how they are able to save your company time and money with incremental backups. We’ll also take a look at how using a third-party service like CloudRanger can further simplify the process and lower costs.

Amazon EBS Snapshots And Incremental Backups

The major benefit Amazon EBS snapshots is that they eliminate the need to constantly make a complete backup of your business’s data. That’s because EBS snapshots utilize a process known as incremental backups.

For incremental backups to work, all of your Amazon EBS volumes must first be saved to Amazon Simple Storage Service (also known as Amazon S3). Depending on the amount of data your company has saved, this can be a time-consuming process. However, after the initial volume-level backups are made, the incremental backup process kicks in, and the next Amazon EBS snapshot only records the block-level changes to your data. Going forward, all subsequent backups will continue to record only block-level changes, leaving unchanged data unaffected. Should your data need to be retrieved, your saved EBS snapshots act as a sort of information daisychain, mapping changes in your data all the way back to the original backup copy.

Amazon EBS Snapshots: Benefits And Drawbacks

There are many benefits to utilizing EBS snapshots, such as the ability to quickly and easily copy/save snapshot data across different regions and accounts. But at the end of the day, the biggest benefit for most businesses is the amount of time and money they could potentially save thanks to EBS snapshots.

Because EBS snapshots only record block-level changes after the initial backup, the process is much quicker than running a full backup. And because the incremental backups created by EBS snapshots eliminate the redundancy caused by saving unchanged data, your company will also save money on the storage costs of Amazon S3. This is especially true for companies with relatively static data.

However, as Chris Moyer of ACI Information Group points out, the downside of implementing EBS snapshots is the fact that incremental backups often take much longer to recover in the event of a disaster. Given the “information daisychain” we previously discussed, EBS snapshots must work all the way back to the original backup copy before recovery can be completed. However, Moyer also points out that the length of this recovery time can be reduced by periodically performing a full data backup, and utilizing snapshots in more short-term increments such as daily backups. By taking steps to mitigate this issue, you can ensure that the benefits of Amazon EBS snapshots far outweigh the drawbacks.

Amazon EBS Snapshots And CloudRanger

As mentioned above, Amazon EBS snapshots can save your company both time and money. And thanks to CloudRanger, the process of performing these snapshots is simpler than ever. With our intuitive, user-friendly dashboard, you can quickly schedule regular data backups at predetermined intervals. Our program also makes it easy to save and copy snapshots across various accounts and geographic regions, ensuring your data is safe from various threats such as hackers and natural disasters. And should your data be compromised, CloudRanger makes it simple to retrieve and restore your backups. Best of all, CloudRanger does all this and more without the need for scripting.

Try CloudRanger For Free

Whether you are a small business, a medium business, or an enterprise user of Amazon Web Services, CloudRanger has features that will meet your specific needs. Our AWS cloud management system is easy 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 money-saving features and time-saving benefits CloudRanger has to offer?

Since we have released the latest version of our CloudRanger software, we have received multiple requests from customers to allow AWS cross account backup and recovery functionality across multiple AWS accounts using CloudRanger in order to best prepare for a disaster scenario. 

We already provide the functionality to copy a snapshot to another region within AWS, but many of our customers are also looking to ensure their data and snapshots are stored in an additional AWS account. This means it is guarded separately from the origin AWS account to ensure backup data is safe from any potential security breaches and or compromised accounts.

So today, we are delighted to announce that our AWS cross account backup and restore functionality, allowing customers to automatically copy and recover snapshots between AWS accounts is now available.

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When pitching a DR plan, it can be difficult, if not impossible, to project ROI. It’s hard to accurately gauge the value of something that will hopefully never be used. As with fire extinguishers or airbags, DR plans are usually taken for granted until something goes horribly wrong. For that reason, it might be better to frame a DR plan in terms of an insurance policy that will mitigate possible losses rather than an investment that will produce tangible gains or cost savings. And as with other types of insurance, it might also make sense to bring in a third-party vendor to handle your disaster recovery needs. READ MORE

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In the following article, we’ll explain why properly tagging AWS resources is necessary, and go over some of AWS’ best practices and recommended strategies for applying tags. We’ll also explore how CloudRanger utilizes tags to simplify various aspects of AWS, saving time and money in the process.

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When it comes to your company’s backup and disaster recovery needs, Amazon Web Services’ cloud-computing platform is an ideal choice. But despite its inherent benefits, file level recovery for EBS snapshots can still be a difficult, time-consuming process, especially for non-IT professionals. However, it doesn’t have to be. In this article, we’ll take a look at how file level recovery for AWS EBS snapshots work. We’ll also discuss how a third-party provider like CloudRanger can greatly simplify the process

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