EC2 policies

An EC2 policy at Clumio defines when a SecureVault Backup or Snap of one or more Amazon EC2 instances should be generated and how long the backup or Snap data should be retained.

EC2 policies are created and configured through the Create Policy – EC2 dialog (Policies > Create Policy).

EC2 backup policies

There are two ways to generate EC2 backups:

  • SecureVault backups
  • On-demand backups

SecureVault backups

When an EC2 instance is protected, Clumio starts the backup seeding process to synchronize the data between the resource and Clumio. The initial backup seeding process creates a full backup of the EC2 instance and saves it to Clumio. After that, backups are generated based on the policy’s configured schedule.

Recurring backups can be configured to occur at various frequencies, with yearly backups retained for up to 7 years. During the retention period, you can restore an EC2 instance from any unexpired EC2 backup.

On-demand backups

On-demand backups represent single backups that are manually generated at any point in time and retained in Clumio. Clumio can keep each on-demand backup for up to 7 years. By default, on-demand backups are kept for 7 days.

EC2 Snap policies

There are two ways to generate EC2 Snaps:

  • Recurring snapshots
  • On-demand snapshots

Recurring Snaps

Configure the policy to automatically generate recurring Snaps at the configured intervals and keep those Snaps for the configured retention periods.

Once an EC2 instance is protected, Clumio starts the Snap process.

Snaps can be scheduled to occur at various frequencies, with yearly Snaps retained for up to 7 years. During the retention period, you can restore an EC2 instance from any unexpired EC2 Snap.

If multiple Snaps are generated on the same day, only one copy is retained. For example, if monthly and yearly Snaps are generated on January 1st, only one copy is saved.

The Snap scheduling and retention behavior is similar to the backup scheduling and retention behavior. Refer to the Recurring backups section to learn more.

On-demand Snaps

On-demand Snaps represent single Snaps that are manually generated at any point in time. Each Snap is kept in the same location as your EC2 instance (that is, your AWS account).

On-demand Snaps can only be generated if the feature is enabled in the EC2 policy. When enabling the feature, also specify the retention period to determine how long each Snap should be kept. Each on-demand Snap can be kept for up to 7 years. By default, on-demand Snaps are kept for 7 days.

Create an EC2 SecureVault Backup policy

  1. Select Policies. The All Policies window displays.
  2. Click Create. The Create Policy dialog appears.
  3. In the Policy Name field, type the name of the new policy. The policy name is a global name with the ability to define different policies for each data source. For example, HR-Resources-Master.
  4. Expand the AWS dropdown and click the EC2 toggle to enable (blue) policy protection for EC2 instances associated with this policy.
  5. In the Backup section, enable and set up to four separate backup and retention schedules. Each EC2 policy can include up to four backup frequencies.
  6. To specify a window of time when the backups can take place, select the Specify a backup window checkbox and specify the time zone and start and end times of the backup window. When the backup window is enabled, recurring backups will only occur between the stated start and end times. Note that recurring backups usually start about 5 minutes after the start time. Backups that are still in progress by the end of the backup window will be aborted. You cannot define a backup window if you enable backups to occur in hourly increments. Backup windows do not impact on-demand backups.
  7. If you specified a backup window, optionally select the Honor backup window for backup seeding checkbox to schedule backup seeding jobs to also only run within the specified backup window. If not selected, backup seeding will occur as soon as the policy is applied to an EC2 instance.
  8. Optionally click the Snap tab to configure a Snap policy.

  9. Click Create Policy. Select Policies to see the newly created policy. After the policy is created, go to Protect an EC2 instance through scheduled backups and snapshots to learn how to protect your EC2 instances.