In the following article, we’ll further explore how Amazon Redshift snapshots work, and why they are useful. We’ll also explain how to easily manage and automate these snapshots, and how third-party services such as CloudRanger can further simplify the process.
As we’ve discussed in previous blogs, Amazon Redshift is a fully managed data warehouse service offered by Amazon Web Services (AWS) which allows users to quickly and easily analyze data using common industry tools such as SQL. The service executes these data queries through various computing resources known as nodes which are grouped together to form clusters. In a similar manner to AWS Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) and AWS Relational Database Service (RDS), Redshift allows data from these node clusters to be automatically backed up with snapshots.
What Is An Amazon Redshift Snapshot?
As with EC2 and RDS, Amazon Redshift uses snapshots to create point-in-time backups of node clusters in Amazon Simple Storage Service (also known as Amazon S3). Because these snapshots are made incrementally, they eliminate the need to repeatedly make a complete backup of a cluster’s data. Instead, they simply update any changes that have occurred since the previous backup. This incremental backup process saves a great deal of time and effort, which in turn helps to drive down costs. As such, snapshots have become a popular backup method for several AWS services.
While it is possible to manually handle the process, one of the more popular features associated with Amazon Redshift snapshots is the ability to automate cluster backups. In fact, Redshift defaults to automatic snapshots when a new cluster is created and retains the backup data for one day before it is permanently deleted. By properly automating Amazon Redshift snapshots, users can rest assured that their data is protected, and focus resources on issues that are more important to the growth of their business.
How Do I Manage Automated Amazon Redshift Snapshots?
As mentioned above, Amazon Redshift snapshots are automated by default. That said, users are able to change various settings in order to customize the process to fit their particular needs (or if they wish, disable the process altogether in favour of manual snapshots). For example, Redshift snapshots are typically set to occur “every eight hours or following every 5 GB per node of data changes, or whichever comes first.” However, these parameters can be adjusted using the Amazon Redshift console. The console also allows users to adjust the retention period for snapshots (setting this period to zero will halt automatic snapshots), create snapshot copies, copy snapshots across regions, and share snapshots with other users, among other features.
However, like the rest of the AWS interface, the Redshift console leaves much to be desired as far as the user experience is concerned and often requires in-house scripting. Luckily, third-party services like CloudRanger allow users to execute all of these tasks quickly and easily with an intuitive, user-friendly dashboard. With CloudRanger, managing automated Amazon Redshift snapshots requires just a few clicks, and can be completed without the need for in-house scripting. As a result, you don’t have to be an IT or DevOps professional to utilize the benefits of automated Amazon Redshift snapshots.
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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