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DataSync & Backup

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  • Move large amount of data from on-premise to AWS.

    • You have on-premises sensitive files and documents that you want to continuously synchronise to AWS to keep another copy.
  • Can synchronise to:

    • S3 (any storage classes including Glacier). Data can be directly moved to Glacier.
    • EFS
    • FSx for Windows
  • Move data from your NAS or file system via NFS or SMB

  • Replication tasks can be scheduled hourly, daily, weekly. It is not continuous.
  • It is automated and managed.
  • Leverage the DataSync agent to connect to your systems
  • Can be used to synchronise 2 EFS across regions.
Generally used when you no longer need to store data on premises.
Keywords: data replication, automated, moving on premise data.


  • Fully managed service
  • Centrally manage and automate backups across AWS services
  • No need to create custom scripts and manual processes
  • Supported services: Everything you can think of.

    • Amazon FSx, Amazon EFS, Amazon DynamoDB, Amazon EC2, Amazon EBS, Amazon RDS (AIl DBs engines), Amazon Aurora, AWS Storage Gateway (Volume Gateway)
  • Supports cross-region and cross-account backups.

  • Supports PITR (Point in time recovery) for supported services
  • On-Demand and Scheduled backups

  • You create backup policies known as Backup Plans:

    • Backup frequency (every 12 hours, daily, weekly, monthly, cron expression)
    • Backup window
    • Transition to Cold Storage (Never, Days, Weeks, Months, Years)
    • Retention Period (Always, Days, Weeks, Months, Years)
We need backup for databases because the automated backups only have a duration from 7 to 35 days. If we want to store them for longer duration we need to create snapshots. Backup automates the process of snapshot creation.
You create and backup plan for an AWS service and then backup stores its snapshot in S3.

Last updated: 2022-05-06