Amazon EBS backups - Amazon Backup
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Amazon EBS backups

The backup process for Amazon EBS resources is similar to the steps used to back up other resources types. Resource-specific information is noted in the following sections.

Amazon EBS Archive Tier for cold storage


This feature is not currently available in China (Beijing), China (Ningxia), Amazon GovCloud (US-East) and Amazon GovCloud (US-West) Regions.

EBS is one of the resource that supports a transition of backups to cold storage. For more information, see Lifecycle and storage tiers in Creating a backup plan.

Amazon EBS multi-volume, crash-consistent backups

By default, Amazon Backup creates crash-consistent backups of Amazon EBS volumes that are attached to an Amazon EC2 instance. Crash consistency means that the snapshots for every Amazon EBS volume attached to the same Amazon EC2 instance are taken at the exact same moment. You no longer have to stop your instances or coordinate between multiple Amazon EBS volumes to ensure crash-consistency of your application state.

Since multi-volume, crash-consistent snapshots are a default Amazon Backup functionality, you don’t need to do anything different to use this feature. You can back up Amazon EBS volumes using one of the following procedures:

Amazon EBS Snapshot Lock and Amazon Backup

Amazon Backup managed Amazon EBS snapshots and snapshots associated with a Amazon Backup managed Amazon EC2 AMI which have Amazon EBS Snapshot Lock applied may not be deleted as part of the recovery point lifecycle if the snapshot lock duration exceeds the backup lifecycle. Instead, these recovery points will have the status of EXPIRED. These recovery points can be deleted manually if you choose to first remove the Amazon EBS snapshot lock.

To restore your Amazon EBS volumes, follow the steps in Restoring an Amazon EBS volume.