Amazon Data Lifecycle Manager - Amazon EBS
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Amazon Data Lifecycle Manager

You can use Amazon Data Lifecycle Manager to automate the creation, retention, and deletion of EBS snapshots and EBS-backed AMIs. When you automate snapshot and AMI management, it helps you to:

  • Protect valuable data by enforcing a regular backup schedule.

  • Create standardized AMIs that can be refreshed at regular intervals.

  • Retain backups as required by auditors or internal compliance.

  • Reduce storage costs by deleting outdated backups.

  • Create disaster recovery backup policies that back up data to isolated Regions or accounts.

When combined with the monitoring features of Amazon EventBridge and Amazon CloudTrail, Amazon Data Lifecycle Manager provides a complete backup solution for Amazon EC2 instances and individual EBS volumes at no additional cost.

  • Amazon Data Lifecycle Manager can't manage snapshots or AMIs created by any other means.

  • Amazon Data Lifecycle Manager can't automate the creation, retention, and deletion of instance store-backed AMIs.


Your Amazon account has the following quotas related to Amazon Data Lifecycle Manager:

Description Quota
Custom lifecycle policies per Region 100
Default policies for EBS snapshots per Region 1
Default policies for EBS-backed AMIs per Region 1
Tags per resource 45