One of the hardest parts of running modern enterprise technology infrastructure is keeping track of everything that is going on, from networking performance to security threats. A new cloud service from Amazon Web Services hopes to make life a little easier for companies that want a better way to manage their backups.
AWS Backup is a new service that lets AWS customers coordinate backups across several services, such as DynamoDB tables or Storage Gateway volumes used by hybrid customers. Lots of individual cloud services have their own backup mechanisms, but to this point customers have had to do a fair amount of custom work to set backup policies or check compliance requirements from a central location, according to AWS.
“Using a combination of the existing AWS snapshot operations and new, purpose-built backup operations, Backup backs up EBS volumes, EFS file systems, RDS databases, DynamoDB tables, and Storage Gateway volumes to Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3), with the ability to tier older backups to Amazon Glacier,” wrote Jeff Barr, the AWS blog czar, in a post Wednesday evening. Amazon Glacier is the company’s “cold storage” service for long-term backups that don’t need to be accessed very often, and EFS customers will pay less for backups to Glacier when using AWS Backup.
New cloud customers that have been convinced of its merits still often run into problems when trying to manage their IT efforts in a brand new way, and services like AWS Backup can make that process just a little easier to manage. Early cloud customers were willing to tolerate some idiosyncrasies in order to take advantage of this new way of building tech infrastructure, but newer customers just want make sure their applications run as smoothly on the cloud as they did in their own data centers.