Managing backups using backup plans - Amazon Backup
Services or capabilities described in Amazon Web Services documentation might vary by Region. To see the differences applicable to the China Regions, see Getting Started with Amazon Web Services in China (PDF).

Managing backups using backup plans

In Amazon Backup, a backup plan is a policy expression that defines when and how you want to back up your Amazon resources, such as Amazon DynamoDB tables or Amazon Elastic File System (Amazon EFS) file systems. You can assign resources to backup plans, and Amazon Backup automatically backs up and retains backups for those resources according to the backup plan. You can create multiple backup plans if you have workloads with different backup requirements. By default, backup windows are optimized by Amazon Backup. You can customize the backup window in the console or programmatically.

Amazon Backup efficiently stores your periodic backups incrementally. The first backup of an Amazon resource backs up a full copy of your data. For each successive incremental backup, only the changes to your Amazon resources are backed up. Incremental backups enable you to benefit from the data protection of frequent backups while minimizing storage costs.

Amazon Backup also seamlessly manages your backup chain, allowing you to restore at any time. This includes after your backup plan's lifecycle automatically deletes your only full backup because it has exceeded the retention period you defined.

The following sections provide the basics of managing your backup strategy in Amazon Backup.