Performing Backup

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    With Veeam Backup for AWS, you can protect data in the following ways:

    • Create cloud-native snapshots of EC2 and RDS instances

    A cloud-native snapshot of a EC2 instance includes point-in-time snapshots of EBS volumes attached to the processed instance. Snapshots of EBS volumes (also referred to as EBS snapshots) are taken using native AWS capabilities.

    A cloud-native snapshot of an RDS instance includes a storage volume snapshot of the instance. Snapshots of RDS instances (also referred to as DB instance snapshots) are taken using native AWS capabilities.

    • Replicate cloud-native snapshots to a remote site

    By default, cloud-native snapshots are stored only in the AWS Region where the processed instance resides. For enhanced data safety, you can instruct Veeam Backup for AWS to create copies of cloud-native snapshots and store them in any other AWS Region within any AWS account. You can also combine the snapshot replication functionality with various data recovery options to migrate instance data between AWS Regions.

    • Create image-level backups of EC2 instances

    In addition to cloud-native snapshots, you can protect your EC2 instances with image-level backups. An image-level backup captures the whole image of the processed EC2 instance (including OS data, application data and so on) at a specific point in time. The backup is saved as a single file to an S3 repository in the native Veeam format.

    • Create backups of your Amazon VPC configuration

    You can back up the Amazon VPC configuration of an AWS account. By default, the Amazon VPC configuration backup is stored in the Veeam Backup for AWS database. For enhanced data safety, you can instruct Veeam Backup for AWS to create copies of Amazon VPC configuration backups and store them in the specified S3 repository.

    Data protection tasks are scheduled to run automatically with backup policies. To perform a quick backup, you can also take cloud-native snapshots of EC2 and RDS instances manually when needed.

    Tip

    You can perform advanced data protection operations with image-level backups from the Veeam Backup & Replication console. For details, see the External Repository section in the Veeam Backup & Replication User Guide.