S3 instant access

S3 Instant Access lets you directly access any point-in-time backup of bucket data without requiring a full restore.

S3 Instant Access lets you instantly access a read-only copy of your data at an AWS endpoint. You can use an S3 instant access endpoint to:

  • limit downtime associated with extended restores by pointing production applications at backup data while a parallel full restore is in progress.
  • quickly spin up clones of critical versioned data for testing and development.
  • disaster recovery testing without the need for a full S3 restore.
  • rapid backup verification and granular recovery of point-in-time object data.

The current release offers read-only access to objects stored in SecureVault Standard tier.

Manage instant access endpoints

You can create a new S3 instant access endpoint starting from a protection group, an S3 bucket or a protection group backup history calendar. Instant access endpoints can be accessed from the Instant Access tab on the protection group details page.

Create an S3 instant endpoint from a scheduled backup

  1. Create a new Instant Access endpoint by clicking a backup dot on the protection history calendar on the date for which you want to restore the data.
  2. Click the Restore dropdown and select Instant Access. The Instant Access wizard displays.
    Note: If the backed up objects are protected by a policy that stores them in SecureVault Archive tier, this menu is not available.
  3. Select a bucket to create your instant access endpoint and click Next.
  4. The next screen is optional, you can click Skip or you can search for objects to restore from the selected bucket. Select filter options from the drop down menu, you can add filters to refine the search and click Search to view objects. Or click Search to view a list of the first 100 results.
  5. On the Endpoint creation screen, type a name for the endpoint. You can choose to view only the latest version of the objects (default option) or select all versions.
  6. Select a date for the expiration of the endpoint. The endpoint is available for up to a 30 days from the date of creation. The default is 5 days from the date of creation.
    Objects in the endpoint will be retained until the endpoint expires or is deleted, which may differ from the retention for those objects specified in your S3 backup policies.
  7. You can also click Calculate object count and cost to find the number of objects available in this endpoint and how many credits it will cost to maintain per day.
  8. Click Create to create the endpoint. You can view the endpoint creation task in on the Tasks page.

Create an S3 instant endpoint from a point-in-time backup

  1. Create a new Instant Access endpoint by clicking the Point-in-time restore drop down and selecting Instant Access. The Instant Access wizard displays.
    Note: If the backed up objects are protected by a policy that stores them in SecureVault Archive tier, this menu is not available.
  2. Select a bucket to create your instant access endpoint and click Next.
  3. Enter a data and time for which you want to create the endpoint and click Search to view a list of the first 100 results. You can then click Skip or you can search for objects to restore from the selected bucket. Select filter options from the drop down menu, you can add filters to refine the search and click Search to view objects.
  4. On the Endpoint creation screen, type a name for the endpoint. You can choose to view only the latest version of the objects (default option) or select all versions.
  5. Select a date for the expiration of the endpoint. The endpoint is available for up to a 30 days from the date of creation. The default is 5 days from the date of creation.
    Objects in the endpoint will be retained until the endpoint expires or is deleted, which may differ from the retention for those objects specified in your S3 backup policies.
  6. You can also click Calculate object count and cost to find the number of objects available in this endpoint and how many credits it will cost to maintain per day.
  7. Click Create to create the endpoint. You can view the endpoint creation task in on the Tasks page.