Since they were first introduced in 2008, Elastic Block Store (EBS) volumes, specifically EBS snapshots, have become one of the most popular storage methods offered by Amazon Web Services (AWS). Not only are they generally cheaper than traditional Amazon Machine Images (AMIs), but the snapshot’s ability to capture incremental block-level changes also eliminates the need to continuously backup entire volumes. However, another popular EBS attribute is the ability to quickly and easily copy a snapshot to another region, a feature that may prove useful to your business for a variety of reasons. In the following article, we’ll discuss some of those reasons, as well as how third-party vendors like CloudRanger can help simplify the process.
The Benefits Of Cross-Region EBS Snapshot Copies
Geographic Expansion: For starters, if a user is looking to launch an existing application in a new geographic location, it makes sense to host said application in close proximity to the new target area. In this way, the ability to quickly and easily copy a snapshot to another region (especially snapshots of baseline volumes) can greatly assist in a business’s geographic expansion.
Data Migration: For a variety of different reasons, a business may at some point be compelled to migrate its information to a new data center. While this has traditionally been a tedious, time-consuming process, the ability to copy a snapshot to another region can help simplify the migration, allowing users to focus their attention on more pressing matters.
Disaster Recovery: Perhaps the most common reason for a business to copy EBS snapshots across regions is to do so as part of a larger backup and disaster recovery (DR) plan. The entire point of DR-related backups is to ensure business continuity in the face of a natural or man-made disaster. However, if the backups are being saved in close geographic proximity to the regular production environment, it totally defeats the purpose.
For example, if a business stores both its data and backups in Florida, a hurricane could potentially wipe everything out at the same time. But by copying its backup data to a location on the other side of the country, or even the other side of the globe, the same business would greatly reduce its risk of catastrophic data loss.
CloudRanger Makes It Easier To Copy A Snapshot To Another Region
There are clearly many benefits to copying EBS snapshots across AWS regions. However, due to the less-than-user-friendly interface provided by AWS, doing so is not always an easy task, especially for users who are not well versed in the world of IT or DevOps. The ability to automatically backup EBS snapshots across multiple regions at predetermined intervals is also an extremely useful feature within AWS. But once again, for users who are not well-versed in scripting, scheduling such backups is a challenging, if not impossible task.
Luckily, third-party vendors like CloudRanger are here to help simplify the process. The straightforward CloudRanger dashboard makes it even easier to copy a snapshot to another region. And by utilizing AWS tags, CloundRanger users can easily schedule EBS snapshot backups across multiple regions in just three easy steps. And all of this can be done without the need for scripting.
CloudRanger provides the world’s easiest to use backup and recovery solution for Amazon Web Services. We make it easy to manage your backups & servers running on AWS cloud. Using CloudRanger, you can easily manage backups and retention of your RDS, EC2 and Redshift resources with snapshots and AMIs.
With an easy to use interface, managing your routine AWS tasks is simple and effective. CloudRanger saves your team time and hassle, making the day-to-day management of your AWS resources easier and more automated. CloudRanger can also help you save on your EC2 costs by starting/stopping non-production instances automatically when you need them.
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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?