Metering, costs, and billing for Amazon Backup - Amazon Backup
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Metering, costs, and billing for Amazon Backup

Amazon Backup pricing

Current Amazon Backup prices are available at Amazon Backup pricing.


To avoid additional charges, configure your retention policy with a warm storage duration of at least one week.

For example, assume you take daily backups and retain them for one day. Further, assume that your protected resources are so large it takes the entire day to complete your backup. Amazon Backup implements your retention period of one day and removes your backup from warm storage when your backup job completes. The next day, Amazon Backup cannot create an incremental backup because you have no backup in warm storage. Since this retention period did not follow best practices, you run the risk and expense of creating a full backup every day.

Contact Amazon Web Services Support for further assistance.

Amazon Backup billing

When a resource type supports full Amazon Backup management, charges for Amazon Backup activity (including storage, data transfers, restores, and early deletion) appear in the "Backup" section of your Amazon Web Services bill. For a list of services that support full Amazon Backup management, see the Full Amazon Backup management section in the Feature availability by resource table.

When a resource type does not support full Amazon Backup management, some of your Amazon Backup activity such as storage costs for your backups, have billing reflected by the respective Amazon service.

Copy job failures

You will only be charged once a recovery point has been created in the destination vault. There is no charge when a copy job fails and no recovery point is created.

Cost allocation tags

You can use cost allocation tags to track and optimize Amazon Backup costs on a detailed level, and view and filter those tags using Amazon Cost Explorer.

To use cost allocation tags, see Automating backups and optimizing backup costs for Amazon EFS using Amazon Backup and Using Cost Allocation Tags.

Amazon Backup Audit Manager pricing

Amazon Backup Audit Manager charges for usage based on the number of control evaluations. A control evaluation is the evaluation of one resource against one control. Control evaluation charges appear on your Amazon Backup bill. For current control evaluation pricing, see Amazon Backup pricing.

To use Amazon Backup Audit Manager controls, you must enable Amazon Config recording to track your backup activity. Amazon Config charges for each configuration item recorded, and these charges appear on your Amazon Config bill. For current configuration item recorded pricing, see Amazon Config pricing.

Amazon Aurora pricing

During the configured retention period for Aurora continuous backups (up to 35 days), snapshots do not incur a storage charge. Snapshots retained past this window are charged as full backups.