Leading AWS EC2 Backup Solution

NAKIVO Backup & Replication delivers reliable and flexible Amazon EC2 instance backup and recovery for thousands of organizations worldwide.

✔ Fast incremental backups
✔ Multiple backup targets
✔ Instant granular recoveries
✔ Ransomware-resilient backups
✔ Subscription licenses starting at $2.50 per instance/month


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AWS EC2 Backup at a Glance


Agentless Incremental Backup

Image-based, incremental backups of AWS EC2 instances for faster backups and space savings


App Data Consistency

App-aware backup for Microsoft (SQL Server, Exchange Server, Active Directory) and other apps


Anti-Ransomware Protection

Store Amazon EC2 backups in ransomware-proof local and cloud repositories


Instant Recovery

Instantly recover individual files and application objects for immediate use


Full Integration with AWS

Send backups to other Amazon EC2 regions/accounts or to Amazon S3 for more cost-efficient storage


Deploy as AWS AMI

Deploy solution as a pre-configured Amazon Machine Image from AWS Marketplace

Back Up AWS EC2 with the NAKIVO Solution

Image-based, Incremental AWS EC2 Backup

Create agentless, image-based backups of instances hosted in Amazon EC2. Using a proprietary change-tracking technology, the solution transfers only changed blocks of data after the initial full backup of AWS EC2 instances.

Advanced Backup Tiering

Send Amazon EC2 backups to Amazon S3 to isolate them from production instances. The solution also offers other destinations for your EC2 backups to prevent a single point of failure. Send backups and backup copies to your data center or to a public cloud like Amazon S3, Azure Blob, Backblaze B2 and Wasabi.

Anti-Ransomware Features

To protect your Amazon EC2 backups from ransomware, store them in immutable cloud repositories (Amazon S3, Wasabi, Azure Blob, Backblaze B2) or send them to a local Linux-based repository in your data center. This local repository is deployed as a part of the solution’s hardened Amazon Machine Image (AMI) and doesn’t require extra configuration. Enable immutability right in the solution’s interface for as long as you need to prevent your backups from being encrypted/deleted and enable post-ransomware recovery.

Amazon EC2 Backup Archival

To comply with industry and government requirements for record retention, save up to 4,000 recovery points. You can use the grandfather-father-son (GFS) data retention scheme to rotate the recovery points on a daily, weekly, monthly and yearly basis. Thus, you can save storage space and retain Amazon EC2 backup data for as long as you need.

Backup Performance Optimization

To speed up data transfers during AWS EC2 backups, enable compression and traffic reduction techniques in the NAKIVO solution. On average, you can get up to a 50% reduction in network load and up to a two-time increase in data transfer speeds over WAN with Network Acceleration. This results in significantly shorter backup windows.

Backup Data Consistency for Microsoft Applications

Ensure the consistency of Microsoft application data in SQL Server, Exchange Server and Active Directory with app-aware backups. App-aware mode is available for both Windows- and Linux-based instances.

Multiple Recovery Options

Recover entire instances, individual files or application objects with just a few clicks. You can instantly recover items to the original or a different location. If necessary, choose original or custom types, regions, networks or subnets for recovered instances. To better control access to the recovered instances, assign them to new security groups.

AWS EC2 Backup Automation

Automate your data protection activities using custom policies. Once policies are applied, the solution scans your environment and automatically backs up instances matching criteria such as name, size and tag. To further simplify your backup administration, use the HTTP API to integrate the NAKIVO Backup & Replication with other automation, orchestration and monitoring tools.

Advanced Access Control

Enable two-factor authentication (2FA) to make it impossible to access the solution without a code generated via Google Authenticator. Control access to your AWS EC2 data protection activities using role-based access control (RBAC). Assign preset or custom roles to specify which employees have access to the solution and what actions they can perform in the interface.

Reduced Load on Production

When backing up AWS EC2 instances during working hours, you want to avoid overloading your production network and slowing down core business processes. With Advanced Bandwidth Throttling, you can set hard limits on the backup jobs so they don’t consume more bandwidth than what is allocated. This feature delivers the flexibility to assign speed limits globally or on a more granular per-job level.

Seamless AWS Integration

NAKIVO Backup & Replication is seamlessly integrated with Amazon Web Services (AWS), giving you the flexibility of storing backups in EC2 (across regions and accounts) and in Amazon S3. What you get is fast backups that are isolated from your main workloads and minimal impact on production.

Simple Web-Based Administration

Whether you are protecting a single location or distributed infrastructures, NAKIVO Backup & Replication is a web-based solution that is easy to manage and monitor from anywhere.

Multi-Platform Data Protection

In addition to Amazon EC2, the solution delivers comprehensive protection for virtual, physical and SaaS environments from a single pane of glass for better visibility and control of data protection activities. Protect AWS EC2, VMware vSphere, Microsoft Hyper-V, Windows, Linux, Microsoft 365, Oracle Database and CIFS/NFS file shares.

Ultimate Availability and Uptime

With the NAKIVO solution, you know that your cloud workloads are reliably protected and can be recovered as soon as you need them. With improved recovery time objectives (RTOs), you can ensure ultimate availability and uptime for IT and business operations, with no loss in productivity or revenue.

Reliable Compliance

A dedicated reliable backup solution is essential to meet regulatory requirements, respond to legal requests and satisfy internal/external audits. The NAKIVO solution delivers all the functionality for backup data storage, security, accessibility and disposal requirements in various industries.

Disaster Recovery Automation

The solution delivers a complete set of disaster recovery features (DR) for workloads in Amazon EC2: replication, replication from backup, automated failover and disaster recovery orchestration with Site Recovery. Create custom DR workflows with actions like emergency failover, planned failover and failback.

NAKIVO Backup & Replication Licensing

Starting at $2.50 per instance/month

To protect your Amazon EC2 environment, purchase a subscription license of any edition of the NAKIVO solution.

The subscription license comes with 24/7 Support to ensure you have the smoothest data protection journey possible.

For more details on pricing and editions, see Pricing and Editions.

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  • Comprehensive solution for protecting cloud, virtual, physical and SaaS environments.
  • Anti-ransomware protection with immutable backup destinations and air-gapped backups.
  • Automated backups with policy-based rules and advanced scheduling.
  • Granular recovery of files and application objects.
  • Direct deployment on a NAS device such as Synology, ASUSTOR, QNAP, Western Digital, NETGEAR or TrueNAS Core.
  • Replication to create exact copies (replicas) of VMs/instances for failover and near-instant disaster recovery.
  • Disaster recovery orchestration to create custom failover/failback workflows for streamlined recovery.
  • Performance optimization to save storage space and increase backup speed.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I recover individual files from Amazon EC2 backup?

Yes. The NAKIVO solution offers full and instant granular recovery. Locate instances, files or application objects using the search bar and recover them to original or a different location with just a few clicks.

How is the NAKIVO solution licensed?

You can use the solution to protect Amazon EC2 instances with a subscription license, which is licensed per instance. Subscription licenses are available in several editions to better serve the data protection needs of different organizations. Explore pricing and editions.

How to backup AWS EC2 instances with NAKIVO Backup & Replication?

To back up Amazon EC2 instances with NAKIVO, follow these simple steps:

1. Open the Amazon EC2 Backup Job wizard.
2. Choose the AWS account(s), the instance region(s) or the instance(s) you want to back up.
3. Choose a backup destination. You can choose the same destination for all EC2 instances or configure different destinations for each instance.
4. Schedule automatic backups of EC2 instances.
5. Configure the retention policy.
6. Enable immutability and set its duration.
7. Configure additional options, such as change tracking, app-aware mode, pre and post scripts, etc.
8. Run your AWS EC2 instance backup.

Can I use the NAKIVO solution for AWS EC2 ransomware protection and recovery?

Yes. Use the solution to create immutable and air-gapped backups that can later be used for recovery after a ransomware incident. Store your backups in the cloud (Amazon S3, Wasabi, Azure Blob, Backblaze B2) or a local Linux-based repository, where they can be made immutable and hence protected from encryption. For physical air-gapping, store your backups on removable storage devices. After a ransomware attack, recover entire instances or individual files and objects with just a few clicks.

Can I use the NAKIVO solution for disaster recovery?

Absolutely. You can use the solution to create replicas of your EC2 instances either from the source instance or from backups. You can also use the built-in advanced disaster recovery (DR) automation options. To minimize downtime and avoid data loss, create custom DR workflows with the following actions: failover to replica, failback, start/stop instances, run/stop jobs, run script, attach/detach repository, send an email, wait and check condition.

Can I try Backup for AWS EC2 from NAKIVO for free?

Yes. Get 15 days of free protection for your Amazon EC2 instances with the Free Trial of NAKIVO Backup & Replication. The Free Trial is a full-featured version of the solution you can use for the protection of your Amazon EC2 environment as well as your virtual, physical and SaaS environments. Download, install and run the Free Trial of the solution in mere minutes! No credit card is required.

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