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AWS launches centralised back-up service

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has announced a fully managed and centralised back-up service dubbed AWS Backup.

According to the cloud giant, the service provides a faster and simpler way for customers to back up their data across AWS services and on-premises.

The solutions is essentially a centralised place for customers to manage back-ups across AWS without the need to manually create custom scripts to automate scheduling, enforce retention policies and consolidate back-up activity across several services, like many AWS customers have done in the past.

The service is currently integrated with Amazon DynamoDB, Amazon Elastic Block Store (Amazon EBS), Amazon Elastic File System (Amazon EFS), Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS), and AWS Storage Gateway.

AWS has flagged its intentions to extend the integration for additional services in the future.

Another option is for customers to back up on-premises application data through the AWS Backup integration with AWS Storage Gateway.

"Some [AWS customers] are tinkerers who want to tweak and fine tune the full range of AWS services into a desired architecture, and other builders are drawn to the same breadth and depth of functionality in AWS, but are willing to trade some of the service granularity to start at a higher abstraction layer, so they can build even faster,” said Bill Vass, VP of storage, automation and management services at AWS.

"We designed AWS Backup for this second type of builder who has told us that they want one place to go for backups versus having to do it across multiple, individual services.

"Today, we are proud to make AWS Backup available with support for block storage volumes, databases, and file systems, and over time, we plan to support additional AWS services."

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Rackspace SVP and general manager for managed public clouds Prashanth Chandrasekar said the new service offers the business a cloud-scale, centralised backup solution to help automate, manage and monitor data protection.

"We believe AWS Backup will also provide customers greater operational efficiency, allowing us to simplify the process for supporting our customers’ auditing and compliance requirements,” he added.

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