The AWS Backup Service
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In this section of the AWS Certified: SAP on AWS Specialty learning path, we introduce you to strategies for configuring high availability and disaster recovery for SAP workloads on AWS.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand how to configure high availability with Amazon RDS
  • Identify backup and disaster recovery strategies using the AWS Cloud
  • Describe various approaches for business continuity and diaster recovery for SAP workloads on AWS


The AWS Certified: SAP on AWS Specialty certification has been designed for anyone who has experience managing and operating SAP workloads. Ideally you’ll also have some exposure to the design and implementation of SAP workloads on AWS, including migrating these workloads from on-premises environments. Many exam questions will require a solutions architect level of knowledge for many AWS services. All of the AWS Cloud concepts introduced in this course will be explained and reinforced from the ground up.


The AWS Backup Service. AWS Backup presents itself as the simplest way to define a data protection policy to backup AWS accounts and resources such as EC2 instances and even VMWare workloads on-premises or on AWS among many others. AWS backup provides a centralized and automated way to implement data protection across your AWS and Hybrid Workloads. You get to define a backup policy from a central console or using the AWS CLI or APIs. It's fully managed. 

It's a policy-based solution where you get to define backup schedules, assign application and service resources for backup, define retention management, lifecycle management and even recovery. The automation in terms of defining a backup plan including resources backup frequency, retention and restore policies will save you time and effort, especially when compared to developing custom scripts for snapshot creation and storage or using manual procedures. 

Another convenience is that you can apply backup policies to your AWS resources by tagging them, which makes it simple to implement. Your data is encrypted in transit and at rest. And AWS backup provides you consolidated backup activity logs across AWS services. The services PCI and ISO Compliant as well as HIPAA eligible. A high-level diagram of the functionality provided by AWS Backup is as shown. The source is the AWS documentation. 

Notice, the service provides all the integrations to compute, storage and database services as well as the ability to configure, monitor, restore, and audit your backups. For workloads implemented on your facilities, AWS backup integrates with AWS Storage Gateway which enables your on-premises applications to seamlessly use AWS storage. You can use AWS Backup to back-up your application data stored in AWS Storage Gateway volumes. Backups of AWS Storage Gateway volumes are securely stored on AWS and are compatible with Amazon EBS, allowing you to restore your volumes to AWS or to your on-premises environment. This integration also allows you to apply the same backup policies to both your AWS resources and your on-premises data stored on AWS Storage Gateway volumes.


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Stuart has been working within the IT industry for two decades covering a huge range of topic areas and technologies, from data center and network infrastructure design, to cloud architecture and implementation.

To date, Stuart has created 150+ courses relating to Cloud reaching over 180,000 students, mostly within the AWS category and with a heavy focus on security and compliance.

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