AWS Backup: A Path To Data Protection

Updated 18 October 2023

Backups are becoming crucial day by day as the volume of data in every organization continues to expand. Everyone is attempting to combine backup solutions in order to protect their data from disastrous losses.

System failure, application error, or any unintentional deletion are all examples of physical or logical failures that backup systems safeguard data from.

Data backup includes archiving point-in-time copies.

AWS Backup

It is a managed backup service offered by AWS that allows users to create, administer, and regulate backup activity across all of their AWS accounts and resources from a centralized location.

Therefore, AWS Backups were created to ease and control backups automatically. It provides the setting up of policy-based backup, ongoing tracking of the status of backups, compliance verification, and restore backups, all via a central console.

Every backup plan includes one or more Backup Regulations. The rules specifically state the backup retention period and the backup frequency.

Customers may also use AWS Backup Audit Manager to audit and report on the compliance of their data protection policies.

Why do we need to use AWS Backup?

  • Protecting data is an important element in meeting the company’s and regulatory compliance requirements.
  • Robust resources are also vulnerable to risks, such as flaws in the application that might cause unintentional deletions or corruption.
  • It may be difficult and costly to develop and administer own backup methods that are safe and consistent across all services and resources.
  • In short, by delivering a fully managed, policy-based data protection solution, AWS Backup eliminates the need for costly, specialized solutions or manual operations.

Services covered under AWS Backup

However, we can use AWS Backup for the below-mentioned services:

  • EBS volumes
  • EC2 instances
  • RDS databases
  • DynamoDB tables
  • EFS file systems
  • FSx for Windows File Server file systems
  • FSx for Lustre file systems
  • Neptune databases
  • DocumentDB databases
  • Storage Gateway volumes
  • S3
  • VMware Cloud on AWS and on-premises VMware virtual machines
  • Aurora
  • Cloud formation
  • Redshift
  • SAP HANA on Amazon EC2
  • Timestream

Work Cycle

  • First, we need to design a centralized data protection policy (also known as a backup plan) that applies to all AWS resources assigned to it.
  • The backup plan specifies parameters like backup frequency and backup retention duration.
  • After that, AWS Backup automates the creation of backup files and saves them in an encrypted backup vault that we specify when we set the data protection policies and allocate AWS resources to the policies.
  • We can also examine the AWS resources that are being protected, monitor backups, and perform restoration activities using AWS Backup’s central console.
  • Similarly, across all AWS resources, we can generate reports on compliance metrics such as backup frequency, data retention term, and backup coverage.

Benefits of AWS Backup

  • Scalability: On-demand IT resource scalability and managing unpredictability in backup capacity demands. That means you can scale up your backup resources in minutes as data requirements change.
  • High-level security: Backup data is protected on a global infrastructure designed for the most security-sensitive organizations.
  • Cost-effectiveness: Pay only for what you use, with no initial capital expenditure, ongoing maintenance, or administration costs.
  • Supports all data types whether it’s unstructured or structured.

To know about Google Cloud and Microsoft Azure backup services, you can refer to the Blog.


You just account for the amount of backup storage you are using for AWS Backup and the amount of backup data you are restoring within a month. As a result, no fixed charge or activation cost is required.

The pricing of Backup storage is based on your backup data consumption. A full copy of your data will be saved for the first backup of an AWS resource.

Only the modified part of your AWS resource is saved for each incremental backup.

To know how you will be charged, simply click the link.


For your data and operations, AWS offers a variety of cloud backup options. Furthermore, there are a variety of choices for backing up your on-premises workloads to AWS or protecting your AWS workloads.

Hence, customers can consolidate and automate data protection across on-premises and AWS services with AWS Backup, a fully managed solution.

Thanks For Reading!

We hope it works for you! And during this blog, you have found something valuable.

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