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Amazon Web Services (AWS) has launched Backup. This is a new tool that should make it easier for developers on the platform to back up their data from various AWS services and their on-premise apps. That’s what TechCrunch reports.

The service is made immediately available to all developers. With this tool it is possible to set up a backup policy for services such as Amazon EBS volumes, RDS databases, DynamoDB tables, EPS file systems and AWS Storage Gateway volumes. It is also possible to make a backup of on-premise data via AWS Storage Gateway. The intention is that there will be support for more services later on.

The service allows users to define their different types of policies and storage periods. This includes the ability to move backups to cold storage or to remove them completely after a certain period of time. By default, the data is stored in Amazon S3 buckets.

Most of the supported services – except EPS file systems – already have a snapshot capability. Backup automates that process and makes rules around it. As a result, the price for Backup is the same as for the snapshot functions. In addition, a fee is paid per GB to restore data from EPS file systems and DynamoDB backups.

Two types of developers

Backup can currently only be used within a single specified AWS region. Later this year there should be support for several regions.

“Now that the cloud has become the standard choice for customers of all sizes, it has attracted two types of builders,” said Bill Vass, VP of Storage, Automation and Management Services at AWS. “Some are tinkerers who want to adapt all services to a desired architecture. Other builders are attracted by the same breadth and depth of functionality, but want to trade in part of the service to start with a higher abstraction layer, so they can build faster.”

“We have developed AWS Backup for this second type of developer, who has told us that they want to have one place for their backups, instead of having to do this through multiple, individual services.”

This news article was automatically translated from Dutch to give Techzine.eu a head start. All news articles after September 1, 2019 are written in native English and NOT translated. All our background stories are written in native English as well. For more information read our launch article.