Getting started with Clumio Protect for AWS RDS

Get started using Clumio to backup RDS Instances/Clusters. 

Supported versions

See this list of Clumio-supported RDS database engine versions.


There are limits to the number of backups and restores that can run at a time. For more information about RDS limits, see this article about Clumio Service Limits.

Before you begin

  • See details about AWS Source Regions where you can backup your AWS assets in Clumio.
  • You must have permission to create and update a CloudFormation template. Please refer to the IAM Permissions article for details.

Getting started

Connect your AWS account

You must first connect the AWS account and regions that contain your RDS instances/clusters to start protecting them using Clumio. Refer to this article for detailed instructions on how to connect your AWS account to Clumio.

Clumio always retains a snapshot copy (previous copy) of the protected RDS in your environment to perform incremental backups. The snapshot is updated per the scheduled backup frequency defined in your policy.

Create RDS backup policy and protection rules

Create RDS backup policies and protection rules to start protecting your RDS assets.

A Clumio RDS policy defines when a snapshot or backup of your Amazon RDS instances should be generated and how long the snapshot or backup data should be retained.

Learn about backup policies and how to dictate the frequency of your backups

Next, create a protection rule to apply the policy you just created to your RDS resources based on tags and across accounts and regions.

RDS backups

Clumio offers the following types of RDS backups to help protect the data in your RDS resources: 

  • RDS SecureVault Standard tier backups for operational recovery
  • RDS SecureVault Archive tier backups for retention requirements longer than 3 months

You can also manage your AWS RDS snapshots from the Clumio platform for point-in-time (PITR) recovery. You must select this option when you create an RDS backup policy.

Best practices and recommendations

When performing RDS restore to a new AWS account, please create one RDS Instance/Cluster in the target region or account. This will ensure that all the prime RDS services are configured for this AWS account. If you attempt to restore an RDS rolling backup copy to a new AWS account/region with no prior RDS Instances, you see an Internal Error. 

Useful information

  • Clumio makes use  of RDS manual snapshots while backing up RDS databases. We recommend that you have sufficient RDS manual snapshot limits (AWS service quotas) available in your AWS account to ensure successful backups.
  • If your RDS databases or table names contain unsupported characters, they may be skipped during RDS SecureVault Archive backups, resulting in missing tables. Refer to this article for more information about unsupported characters In RDS databases and table names.

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