Amazon EC2 Instance Replication

Amazon is a reliable cloud service provider, but your data can still be corrupted due to inappropriate security settings, human errors or ransomware. With Amazon EC2 instance replication, you can avoid data loss and resume your operations with no downtime. Use NAKIVO Backup & Replication to create app-consistent replicas of your Amazon EC2 instances and switch to them almost instantly during emergencies.


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Amazon EC2 Instance Replication at a Glance


Amazon EC2 instance replication

Incremental Amazon EC2 replication and replication from backup



Consistent data of file servers, databases and Microsoft apps


Multiple replication destinations

Replication to the same or another AWS region and across accounts


Ransomware resilience

Automated disaster recovery without paying ransoms


Amazon EC2 automated failover

Failover to replicas for near-instant resumption of workflows


Multi-tenancy for RaaS

Up to 1,000 isolated IT environments for MSP clients

Amazon EC2 Instance Replication
with NAKIVO Backup & Replication

Incremental Amazon EC2 Instance Replication

Ensure fast data transfer and lower storage consumption with incremental replicas of EC2 instances. NAKIVO Backup & Replication creates the full instance replica only once and then saves only the changed data blocks. The solution uses native Elastic Block Store (EBS) snapshots to capture changed data.

Multiple Replication Destinations

Create replicas of Amazon EC2 instances and store them in the same or any other AWS region. You can also send replicas to another AWS account for higher security.

Policy-Based Replication

Configure custom policies to automatically create replicas of those EC2 instances that match your criteria (name, location, size, and others). NAKIVO Backup & Replication constantly monitors your instances and automatically adds new ones if they match the policy.

Enhanced Recovery Point Management

With up to 30 recovery points per instance replica, you can achieve the shortest recovery point objectives (RPO) and run almost real-time replications. The flexible grandfather-father-son (GFS) retention scheme allows you to rotate recovery points regularly, reducing the storage size.


Third-Party Solutions Integration

Take advantage of third-party solutions for the enhanced administration and automation of your replication activities. Easily integrate solutions via HTTP APIs and use NAKIVO code examples to speed up configurations.

Network Acceleration

Speed up the replication process and network offloading by two times. Whether you have a busy LAN/WAN or are running replication during peak hours, network acceleration will compress and optimize data before sending it over the network.

Multi-Tenancy for RaaS

Managed service providers can create up to 1,000 isolated IT environments (tenants) for their customers. Distribute resources, offload routine tasks, and manage all your tenants via a single web-based
management console.

App and Database Consistency

Using the App-Aware Mode, you can create Amazon EC2 instances with transactionally consistent data from your file servers, Oracle Database and Microsoft applications (Exchange Server, SQL Server, Active Directory).

EBS Volume Selection

You can choose what EBS volumes of the EC2 instance you want to include in the replica. Simply exclude unnecessary volumes to improve the replication speed.

Policy-Based Replication

Near-Instant Failover

Replicas make disaster recovery fast and simple without data loss or downtime. You can configure, test and fully automate the failover process. So when the primary account is corrupted, you’ll need only a couple of clicks to power on the EC2 instance replica in another location.

Automated Disaster Recovery

Get ready for a variety of disaster scenarios with advanced Site Recovery functionality. Configure failover and failback and then initiate them almost instantly during emergencies. Additionally, you can verify your disaster recovery workflows in a non-disruptive test mode.

Storage Space Savings

Replicas can take a lot of space, particularly the initial full replicas of Amazon EC2 instances. To optimize storage usage, NAKIVO Backup & Replication automatically excludes swap files and partitions during replication. You can also enable Log Truncation for Microsoft SQL Server and Microsoft Exchange to automatically delete their log files as soon as the replication is completed.


Ensure that your replication workflows and their configurations are reliably protected from unauthorized access with encryption and two-factor authentication (2FA). You can also take advantage of the security principle of least privilege and set up only the user permissions needed to perform a certain task.

Amazon EC2 Instance Replication

Near-Instant Recovery with No Data Loss

Ensure no data loss with app-consistent replicas of EC2 instances. Simply power on the replica in another AWS account when your primary account is corrupted. Advanced automation tools and flexible retention shorten recovery point objectives (RPO) and minimize the risk of data loss.

Ransomware resilience

Avoid paying ransoms and restore your data within minutes by turning replicas into running Amazon EC2 instances in another location. Role-based access control, encryption and two-factor authorization (2FA) add an extra layer of security and prevent unauthorized access to your replication and disaster recovery activities.

Space and Performance Optimization

Replication can require a lot of storage space and put an extra load on your network during business hours. To avoid performance issues, NAKIVO Backup & Replication excludes swap files from replicas, deletes logs and compresses in-flight data for a faster transfer speed.

Replication as a Service

Managed Service Providers (MSPs) who deliver replication as a service can use NAKIVO Backup & Replication to streamline their services and make administration easier. The solution allows MSPs to create isolated environments for their customers and manage them via a single pane of glass. Learn more about all NAKIVO benefits for MSPs.

Business Continuity

Resume your IT operations with no or minimum downtime. Scheduled regular replication, automated failover, failback and other disaster recovery workflows enable almost instant migration to another AWS region or account during a disaster.

Ransomware resilience

Multi-Platform Protection

Ensure robust protection for your virtual, physical, cloud environments and SaaS with NAKIVO Backup & Replication. Along with Amazon EC2 instances, the solution supports VMware vSphere, Microsoft Hyper-V, Nutanix AHV, Windows/Linux-based servers and workstations, Microsoft 365 and Oracle Database.

Simple Web-Based Administration

Gain complete visibility into your data protection activities with a simple web-based management console. Easily administer your backup, replication and recovery tasks across multiple platforms.

NAKIVO Backup & Replication Licensing

You can purchase NAKIVO Backup & Replication for Amazon EC2 instance replication with a subscription license at as little as $2.50 per instance/month. This license includes 24/7 Support with round-the-clock technical support via phone, chat and email.

For more details on pricing and editions, see NAKIVO Backup & Replication Pricing and Editions.


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  • Instant verification for backups and replicas
  • Instant granular recovery to restore files and app objects in seconds
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Frequently Asked Questions

What is an EC2 instance?

Simply put, an EC2 instance is a virtual server in the cloud. The abbreviation stands for Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)—the web service that provides compute capacity on Amazon’s environment.

Why do I need replicas of Amazon EC2 instances?

Even though Amazon claims that its cloud services are 99% reliable, there’s still a chance of human mistakes, wrong security configurations and virus attacks. Regular replication of your instances ensures business continuity and helps you avoid data loss.

What type of encryption is used?

NAKIVO Backup & Replication uses the AES 256 encryption standard, which is commonly used by banks, financial institutions and e-commerce. You can encrypt your EC2 repository and the data transferred over the web to protect your information from unauthorized readers.

What is Amazon EC2 instance replication?

Replication is the process of creating an EC2 instance replica, a pre-configured virtual appliance named Amazon Machine Image (AMI). An AMI is an exact copy of the EC2 instance at a particular point in time.

What are the deployment options?

You can easily deploy NAKIVO Backup & Replication as a pre-configured Amazon Machine Image (AMI) and virtual appliance (VMware vSphere, Nutanix AHV). Or install the solution on physical servers (Windows, Linux) and NAS. Book a FREE deployment session if you need the assistance of a NAKIVO tech engineer.

Can I automate my replication activities?

Absolutely. You can schedule replication and configure custom criteria to create replicas of particular instances. You can also link your backup or replication workflows to run automatically one after another. If these features are not enough, you can run pre- and post-job scripts or integrate third-party solutions.

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