Protecting Amazon EC2 Instances with Commvault

You can use the Commvault software to back up and restore Amazon Elastic Cloud Compute (EC2) instances that are hosted by an Amazon Web Services (AWS) account.

The following guide is available for third-party marketplace users: Commvault in the AWS Marketplace.


Data You Can Back Up

  • Active EC2 instances

  • Instance EBS volumes

  • Volumes using default or custom encryption

Data You Cannot Back Up

  • AMIs

  • Instance store volumes

Backups You Can Perform

  • Full backups

  • Incremental backups


    All Amazon EBS snapshots are incremental by default

  • Synthetic full backups

  • Streaming backups

  • IntelliSnap backups

  • Backup copy

When You Can Perform Backups

  • On a schedule: The server plan that you assign manages scheduled backups

  • On demand: You can perform on-demand backups at any time


Restores You Can Perform

  • AWS Resource Tags

  • EC2 instances

  • Guest files and folders

  • Attach restored volumes to a new or existing instance

Backups You Can Use for Restores

  • The most recent backup: For example, restore the most recent backup to its original location

  • A backup from a specific date: For example, restore data to a point in time before it became unusable

  • Backups from a date range: For example, restore data that was accidentally deleted

Destinations You Can Restore To

  • AWS instances

  • Azure destinations

  • Google Cloud Platform destinations

  • VMware destinations

Additional Features

Application-Aware Backups

Application-aware backups capture the state of application data at the time of the backup, including data in memory and pending transactions, making it easier to restore the application for continued use. For more information, see Application-Aware Backups.

Changed Block Tracking (CBT) Backups

CBT-based backups have better performance for Amazon EC2 instances. You can use CBT with streaming backups and with the backup copy operation of IntelliSnap backups. By default, CBT is enabled when you create a new VM group. You can also enable CBT for existing VM groups. For more information about CBT for Amazon Web Services, see Changed Block Tracking for Amazon Web Services.

Cross-Hypervisor Restores

When restoring from a virtual machine backup, you can choose to convert a virtual machine to be used with a different hypervisor. For more information, see Cross-Hypervisor Restores.

Commvault Cost-Optimization Features

Reduce costs by using storage tiering, deduplication, and power management. For more information, see Commvault Cost Optimization Features

Disaster Recovery and Replication

Replicate instances for disaster recovery, with orchestration for failovers and failbacks. For more information, see Replication of Virtual Machines.