Backup Repositories

A backup repository is a folder in an Amazon S3 bucket where Veeam Backup for AWS stores EC2 and RDS image-level backups, additional copies of Amazon VPC backups, indexes of EFS file systems and Veeam Backup for AWS configuration backups.

To communicate with a backup repository, Veeam Backup for AWS uses Veeam Data Mover — the service that runs on a worker instance and that is responsible for data processing and transfer. When a backup policy addresses the backup repository, the Veeam Data Mover establishes a connection with the repository to enable data transfer. To learn how Veeam Backup for AWS communicates with backup repositories, see Managing Backup Repositories.


Backup files are stored in backup repositories in the native Veeam format and must be modified neither manually nor by 3rd party tools. Otherwise, Veeam Backup for AWS may fail to restore the backed-up data.

Encryption on Backup Repositories

For enhanced data security, Veeam Backup for AWS allows you to enable encryption at the repository level. Veeam Backup for AWS encrypts backup files stored in backup repositories the same way as Veeam Backup & Replication encrypts backup files stored in backup repositories. To learn what algorithms Veeam Backup & Replication uses to encrypt backup files, see the Veeam Backup & Replication User Guide, section Encryption Standards. To learn how to enable encryption at the repository level, see Adding Backup Repositories.

Veeam Backup for AWS also supports scenarios where data is backed up to S3 buckets with enabled Amazon S3 default encryption. You can add the S3 bucket to the backup infrastructure and use it as a target location for image-level backups. For information on Amazon S3 default encryption, see AWS Documentation.