Data Protection

With Veeam Backup for AWS, you can protect EC2 instance data in the following ways:

  • Create cloud-native snapshots of EC2 instances

A cloud-native snapshot includes point-in-time snapshots of EBS volumes attached to the processed EC2 instance. Snapshots of EBS volumes (also referred to as EBS 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 EC2 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 EC2 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 whole EC2 instance data at a specific point in time, including OS data, application data and so on. The backup is saved as a single file (image) to an S3 repository in the native Veeam format.

Data protection tasks are scheduled to run automatically with backup policies. To perform a quick backup, you can create a cloud-native snapshot manually when needed.


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.

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