How to use file search to recover EBS snapshot data

As most Amazon Web Services (AWS) users probably know, one of the most popular features offered on the platform is the ability to take point-in-time snapshots of data stored in Amazon Elastic Block Store. This method, more commonly referred to as an EBS snapshot, makes it easy and efficient to save incremental changes to your data at the block level, and eliminates the need to regularly engage in a full-blown backup of your files. And by ignoring unchanged data, EBS snapshots minimize the amount of time required to create a backup, which also helps save users money.

However, one traditional downside of backing up data with EBS snapshots is the difficulty of searching for and retrieving individual files, which can often be a cumbersome, time-consuming process. This proved to be a major problem for users, especially for those working for an enterprise-level business with vast amounts of data. But thanks to CloudRanger’s new file-level search functionality, retrieving backups of the specific files you need whenever you need them is as easy as using a search engine.

In the following article, we’ll explain how CloudRanger’s new file-level search functionality works. We’ll also explore the benefits of this exciting new tool, and explain how fits into a larger AWS backup/disaster recovery plan.

How Does File-Level Search Functionality Work Within EBS Snapshots?

In the past, users who were attempting to find backups of specific files within EBS snapshots were forced to jump through many time-consuming hoops. The various steps required to complete this process included accessing individual EBS snapshots, attaching them to an instance, and then manually searching for the files in question. Obviously, this was extremely inefficient, especially for anyone who was under a time crunch. Thankfully, CloudRanger has greatly improved the search process.

Because Cloudranger’s new file-level search uses metadata as a guidepost, users are no longer forced to search through individual EBS snapshots one-by-one. Instead, the new functionality is able to search for specific files across all EBS snapshots simultaneously, greatly reducing the time it takes to find and recover a specific file or files.

file search to recover EBS snapshot data


What Are The Benefits Of File-Level Search Within EBS Snapshots?

As mentioned above, CloudRanger’s new file-level search functionality for EBS snapshots is a huge time saver compared to the previous process. The granular, time-saving feature is sure to benefit anyone tasked with recovering files that have been accidentally deleted or lost due to migration errors, as well as data that has been intentionally deleted or corrupted by malicious employees, ransomware, or rogue applications. The new process will also prove invaluable to anyone working on matters of governance or oversight by making it much easier to search for and compliance-related files and monitor confidential data.

About CloudRanger

This new file-level search functionality is just one of the many benefits available to CloudRanger customers. Whether you are a small business, a medium business, or an enterprise user of Amazon Web Services, CloudRanger has a variety of features that will meet your specific needs. Our straightforward, easy-to-use dashboard takes the mystery out of AWS’s clunky, native interface, and eliminates the need for in-house scripting. With just a few clicks, even the most novice AWS users can execute and automate a number of routine tasks such as implementing cross-region backups or scheduling server resources. Not only will CloudRanger save your company time and money, but it will also allow users to focus on more important matters while these mundane yet important tasks are completed by the system. Best of all, you can try CloudRanger risk-free, and see for yourself how it can help bring out the full potential of AWS. Sign up for a 14-day free trial today.


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