New offering helps customers automate backups more cost-effectively
Amazon Web Services has taken the wraps off AWS Backup, a fully managed, centralized backup service that allows businesses to back up their data across AWS and on-premises more quickly and easily.
The Lowdown: AWS Backup gives businesses a single service for configuring and auditing backed-up AWS resources and allows them to automate backup scheduling, set retention policies, and monitor recent backup activity in one place.
The Details: In moving more of their applications to the cloud, enterprises distribute data across multiple services, including block storage, databases, and file systems. Those services in AWS do provide backup capabilities, but companies often create custom scripts to automate backups, enforce retention policies, and consolidate backup activity across multiple services – all with the goal of meeting business and regulatory compliance requirements.
AWS Backup eliminates the need to create custom scripts or perform manual backup activities. Through the AWS Management Console, users can create policies around backup frequency and data retention.
To start, AWS Backup integrates with Amazon DynamoDB, Amazon Elastic Block Store (EBS), Amazon Elastic File System (EFS), Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS), and AWS Storage Gateway. AWS plans to add support for additional services in the future.
The Buzz: “We designed AWS Backup for [the] type of builder who has told us that they want one place to go for backups versus having to do it across multiple, individual services,” said Bill Vass, vice president of storage, automation, and management services at AWS. “Today, we are proud to make AWS Backup available with support for block storage volumes, databases, and file systems, and over time, we plan to support additional AWS services.”
Organizations in multiple verticals are already singing the praises of AWS’ new backup offering.
“We must provide data storage solutions that ensure the integrity and availability of backup data as stipulated by the FFIEC IT examination handbook,” said Nauman Noor, managing director of State Street Corp., a provider of financial services to institutional investors. “Meeting these regulations requires us to develop and maintain an internal serverless application to enable timely and auditable backups across the AWS services we use. With AWS Backup’s centralized backup console, we will have a single pane of glass to audit our backup processes across our AWS environment.…”
“With AWS Backup, we now have access to a cloud-scale, centralized backup solution to help automate, manage, and monitor data protection for customers,” said Prashanth Chandrasekar, senior vice president and general manager of managed public clouds at Rackspace, a provider of managed cloud services. “We believe AWS Backup will also provide customers greater operational efficiency, allowing us to simplify the process for supporting our customers’ auditing and compliance requirements.”