Amazon Web Services Launches: AWS Backup

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The Seattle-based mega-company Amazon has launched AWS Backup, an automated, centralized backup service that enables businesses to back up their data across the AWS network and on-premises more efficiently.

Centralized backup service enables businesses to back up their data across the AWS network and on premises more efficiently.

As surprising as it sounds, Amazon Web Services—which has offered cloud storage since 2006—hasn’t provided a fully managed backup service until now.

The Seattle-based mega-company has launched AWS Backup, an automated, centralized backup service that enables businesses to back up their data across the AWS network and on-premises more efficiently.

AWS Backup gives enterprises a single point of control for configuring and auditing data stored in AWS resources and allows storage admins to automate backup scheduling, set retention policies and monitor recent backup activity in one place. It features support for block storage volumes, databases, and most file systems.

The app eliminates the need for users to create custom scripts or perform manual backup activities. With the AWS Management Console, users can create policies around backup frequency and data retention, AWS said.

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AWS Backup works directly with Amazon DynamoDB, Elastic Block Store (EBS), Elastic File System (EFS), Relational Database Service (RDS) and AWS Storage Gateway. AWS also said it plans to add support for additional services in the future.

Those services in AWS do provide backup capabilities, but companies often create custom scripts to automate backups, enforce retention policies, and consolidate backup activity across multiple services – all with the goal of meeting business and regulatory compliance requirements.

We designed AWS Backup for [the] 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,” said Bill Vass, Vice-President of Storage, Automation and Management Services at AWS.

Cisco also pitched an architecture vision it calls data center anywhere as it aims to manage more cloud and hybrid environments.

At Cisco Live EMEA, the networking giant outlined the following:

  • Expanding Application Centric Infrastructure, or ACI, into AWS and Microsoft Azure clouds;
  • Extending its HyperFlex systems into branch offices and remote locations for edge computing;
  • Improvements to CloudCenter to manage applications and cloud environments;
  • One enterprise agreement to buy technology across the company’s data center platforms.

Of those developments, the ACI move may have the broadest impact. By connecting ACI to the two largest cloud providers as well as Cisco’s AppDynamics unit, the company is making a push to manage everything from containers to hypervisors to applications. Cisco calls the effort ACI Anywhere.

The biggest challenge for Cisco and its ACI Anywhere strategy is that Dell’s VMware is sold alongside AWS in a broad partnership.

Enhancements to the CloudCenter Suite are designed give Cisco more of a play into data center and workflow automation as well as cost optimization for various infrastructures.

As for licensing agreement changes, Cisco said its customers can buy three- and five-year licensing agreements across seven suite including ACI, Hyperflex, Intersight, and Tetration.

Most of the products will be available in the second quarter.

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