When to Consider AWS Backup and Recovery

By Robert Ulrich

The importance of backing up a company’s assets cannot be overstated in today’s world. Whether you run your environment in an on-premises data center or in a public cloud-like AWS, data security is a top priority. In order to assure business continuity, security—and its cost—must be prioritized. You must choose a tool to rely on in order to set up proper security, and know that there are new ways to do so such as AWS backup cloud.

Keeping Business Safe with Backup

There is a big risk associated with your business’s data and in order to protect your data from competitors’ malicious moves or even from natural disasters, the company’s data must have a backup plan. These days where it is very easy to hack the system, data protection has become the utmost priority of the company. For instance, a company that solely relies on keeping a record of client data, another company can hack into the data causing severe damage to the business.


AWS Backup Procedures

When it comes to backing up various resources on AWS, you have a variety of options. While having a large range of tools is useful in many ways, it also demands knowing which one is ideal for you. Some are simple to set up but only provide limited functionality. Others have a lot of features but are quite expensive.

You can also choose to do manual backups for several services running on AWS. For instance, you can create backups like RDS, EBS snapshots, and EC2 AMIs. Once these processes are automated you can also customize them if need be.

AWS Backup, which is specialized in backing up and restoring resources, is one alternative for backing up data on AWS. Another service that is utilized for EBS volumes and EC2 instances is Data Lifecycle Manager. Simple tools like RDS automated backups can also be used. These services are usually simple to use, and they often have enough capabilities to meet your backup needs.

Using a third-party program is the most comprehensive option to consider. N2WS Backup & Recovery, for example, has changed greatly over the previous few years and now includes a variety of features that can substantially simplify backup procedures. The tool is AWS-native and includes extensive backup management features such as cross-account disaster recovery, archiving to S3, multi-tenancy, infrastructure backup, application consistency, and file-level recovery, to name a few.

Backup Overview

AWS backup is worth considering when it comes to detailed functionality along with the high-level centralized tool.

For Various AWS services such as RDS instances, EBS volumes, EFS file systems, and Dynamo DB tables, AWS Backup offers a central point for backing up. If you use AWS Storage Gateway, you may also back up your on-premises data with this service. AWS Backup automates both backup schedules and data protection by specifying policies. AWS Backup provides a single point of management for these backups, as well as ensuring compliance by enforcing relevant policies.

The AWS service is still in its development and has a number of drawbacks, especially for businesses looking for a more comprehensive management solution. For example, there is no support for Amazon EC2 at the time of publication, you can only use it on a single account, scheduling is limited (no precise backup time), and there is no simple recovery method. Another significant issue is that auditing and reporting are not provided, making compliance difficult for businesses.

N2WS Backup and Recovery

It only takes a user to define a variety of backup schedules to get it to work because N2WS is a fully cloud-based solution providing the user with a smooth and fast backup process and it can also restore the data within any account or region.  This is a feature-rich platform that includes:

  1. Cross-region/Cross Account Disaster Recovery: It protects your data from malicious attacks
  2. RESTful API: It easily ties backup and recovery third party solution
  3. VPC Capture: You can easily create a copy with the help of VPC Capture and clone
  4. DataBase management: There will be automated backups for DynamoDB and also account disaster recovery for AWS Aurora
  5. Backup to S3: This provides optimized long-term storage.
  6. EFS Backup: With the help of this feature you can backup and restore EFS to another AWS account and another region

Enhanced file-level recovery, several reporting options, resource control, which allows users to schedule the start/stop of their instances, and application consistency are just a few of the features available. You won’t find these functionalities anywhere else except in the N2WS Backup and Recovery program. Given the current trend, more features are likely to be delivered in the near future. N2WS offers a free 30-day trial that immediately converts to a free-forever edition.

N2WS Backup & Recovery will soon receive a complete user interface design, making it even easier to use, with little to no prior AWS expertise required.


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