How can I take automatic Amazon EBS snapshots?

 EBS Snapshot Scheduler – AWS Answers

Automatically take snapshots of your EBS volumes using AWS CloudFormation and EC2 instance tags

Learn about this recent AWS solution in How can I take automatic Amazon EBS snapshots?:

To help improve data protection and recovery, it is a best practice to regularly back up Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) instances using Amazon Elastic Block Store (Amazon EBS) snapshots. Amazon EBS snapshots contain the information needed to restore your data from the time the snapshot was taken to a new Amazon EBS volume. AWS customers can use snapshots to instantiate multiple new volumes, expand the size of a volume, or move volumes across Regions and Availability Zones.

The EBS Snapshot Scheduler is an AWS-provided solution that enables customers to create an automated snapshot schedule for their Amazon EBS volumes in minutes. The solution is easy to deploy and automatically manages snapshot creation and deletion using parameters that you define. For customers who do not have a mechanism for taking regular snapshots, this solution provides an easy way to improve data protection and recoverability. 

This webpage provides best practices for implementing automated backup and recovery actions on resources, as well as an overview of the EBS Snapshot Scheduler design and functionality.  


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