Backup Software for Amazon S3

With seamless protection of your data across platforms, NAKIVO’s solution allows you to back up your workloads to Amazon S3, a highly scalable cloud storage service for terabytes of data.

✓ Direct backup to Amazon S3
✓ Immutable repositories
✓ Backup copy automation
✓ Instant granular and full recovery
✓ Subscription and perpetual licenses

Backup Software for Amazon S3

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NAKIVO Backup for Amazon S3 at a Glance

No Extra Configurations

No Extra Configurations

Send backups and backup copies directly to Amazon S3

Ransomware Resilience

Ransomware Resilience

Enable immutability to protect backup data from being modified

Storage Cost Savings

Storage Cost Savings

Incremental, compressed backups; swap file/partition exclusion

Granular Recovery

Granular Recovery

Restore files, folders and app objects without full backup recovery

Instant VM Recovery

Instant VM Recovery

Boot VMs directly from backups in the cloud in seconds

Automated Workflows

Automated Workflows

Use policies, custom schedules and chaining to simplify routine tasks


  • Improved Data Availability
    With a copy of your backups stored in Amazon S3, your data is safe and accessible even if your primary backup is unavailable or you’re dealing with hardware failure in your production environment.
  • Uninterrupted Operations
    In the event of an emergency, you can swiftly boot your business-critical VM or physical server directly from the backup in Amazon S3 to a VMware virtual machine to avoid disruption to your operations.
  • Greater Efficiency
    Set policies and backup schedules to simplify and automate the management of routine and error-prone tasks. This way you improve productivity and boost efficiency.
  • Ransomware Protection
    Apply S3 Object Lock to keep your data immutable using the WORM model and protect your backups from accidental deletions, overwriting and ransomware.

Get the Most Out of Amazon S3 Cloud Backup

Watch this short video to learn more about the benefits of AWS S3 backups with NAKIVO Backup & Replication.

Capabilities of NAKIVO Backup Software for Amazon S3

Direct Amazon S3 Backups

Send backups of VMware vSphere VMs, Microsoft Hyper-V VMs, EC2 instances, and physical Linux/Windows server to Amazon S3. The solution uses Amazon APIs for direct connection with Amazon storage. Just add the AWS account to start using the Amazon S3 bucket right away.

Backup Data Tiering

Avoid a single point of failure by storing backup copies in different locations. Use the solution’s job chaining feature to automatically create backup copies after a successful and send them to Amazon S3.

Ransomware-Resilient Backups

Use S3 Object Lock to protect your backup data stored in Amazon S3 from malicious or accidental deletions and modifications. Locked backups remain immutable for a specified period, and not even the root user can modify backup data or shorten the retention period. Unaltered backups can then be used for recovery after ransomware incidents.

Optimized Storage Space

You pay for each GB of data stored in the Amazon S3 backup repository, so large files can lead to high costs. NAKIVO Backup & Replication creates incremental backups that can be compressed to minimize backup sizes. The solution also excludes swap files and partitions from VMs and Amazon EC2 instances backups without affecting data consistency.

Multiple Recovery Options

The NAKIVO solution offers you a variety of recovery options. Fully recover VMware vSphere VMs, Microsoft Hyper-V VMs and Amazon EC2 instances from Amazon S3 storage. Almost instantly recover physical machines from backups as VMware VMs. You can also use Instant VM Recovery to boot VMs directly from backups in seconds.

Granular Recovery

Recover individual files and folders to their original or new location without recovering entire workloads. Just find the backup, choose the recovery point and start the recovery process. You can also restore objects of Microsoft applications (Exchange, Active Directory, and SQL Server).

Automated Workflows

Improve productivity and save time by automating routine backup management tasks. With NAKIVO Backup & Replication, you can set policies to automatically back up only those VMs and EC2 instances that match your criteria. Use the Calendar Dashboard to schedule your backup activities without overlaps.

Improved Operational Efficiency

During peak office hours, sending backups to AWS S3 may put an extra load on the network. To prevent network congestion, restrict bandwidth speed using Advanced Bandwidth Throttling. You can limit how much bandwidth backups consume per workflow or during working days and peak hours.

NAKIVO Backup & Replication Pricing for Amazon S3 Cloud Backup

Subscription licenses start at $3.50 per workload/month

You can use the NAKIVO solution by purchasing either a perpetual or subscription license, depending on what works best for your business. Amazon S3 cloud backups are available in all Enterprise editions of the solution.

Perpetual licenses are charged per CPU socket for VMs or per physical machine. The license includes 1 year of free Standard Support via phone, chat and email during business hours.

Subscription Licenses are charged per workload, which can be a single VM, an Amazon EC2 instance, 1 physical server or 3 workstations. The license includes 24/7 technical support.

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

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  • Robust data protection for virtual, physical, cloud and SaaS environments.
  • 2-minute deployment on NAS, Linux/Windows, as a VA or AWS AMI.
  • Backups to NAS, cloud and tape.
  • Instant verification of backups and replicas.
  • Instant recovery of VMs, files, folders and application objects back to original or new locations.
  • Advanced recovery options, including instant physical-to-virtual and cross-platform recoveries.
  • Disaster recovery automated for different disaster scenarios.
  • IT Monitoring for complete visibility into virtual infrastructures.

Unlock the Advantages of NAKIVO Backup for Amazon S3

No Data Loss

Store at least one backup copy in highly available cloud storage. Backup to AWS S3 will help avoid a single point of failure and ensure that your data can be recovered even when the entire production site is down.

Ransomware Protection

Enable S3 Object Lock to make your backups stored in Amazon S3 immutable. Apply role-based access controls and two-factor authentication protect backup data from unauthorized access.

Backup Data Reliability

The solution supports Microsoft applications (SQL Server, Exchange and Active Directory) and Oracle database so you can be sure that application data in backups is consistent. You can also instantly verify VM backups before sending them to AWS S3.

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Resource Use Efficiency

Stay in control of your storage size and network load. Create incremental backups that save only changed data blocks. Compress backups for even more storage savings and limit bandwidth speed to prevent network overload when sending data to the Amazon S3 backup repository.

Regulatory Compliance

Meet industry-specific retention requirements and implement legal holds with uncompromised and consistent backup data. Enable immutability to recovery points and rotate them regularly to ensure that critical data isn't lost.

Web-Based Centralized Management

Access all your data protection activities via a web-based management console. Monitor IT infrastructure, create and schedule workflows, send your backups to AWS S3 and other destinations, and orchestrate disaster recovery from a single pane of glass.


With the NAKIVO solution, you can easily automate backup workflows with policy-based rules, link workflows to run after another with Job Chaining, or integrate a third-party automation software via HTTP API.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the benefits of Amazon S3?

Amazon S3 offers cost-effective and scalable cloud storage designed to provide 99.99% data availability and durability. Pay only for the storage capacity you use and scale cloud storage up or down without paying minimum or overage fees.

What data can I back up to AWS S3?

You can back up all supported virtual, physical and cloud environments. They include VMware, Hyper-V, Nutanix AHV virtual machines; Amazon EC2 instances; and Windows-based and Linux-based servers and workstation.

What is S3 Object Lock?

S3 Object Lock is the Amazon feature that allows you to make your data immutable using the write-once-read-many (WORM) model. Locked data is protected from deletion and modification by another user or ransomware. Use immutability as an extra layer of ransomware protection and for compliance purposes.

Which Amazon S3 storage classes does NAKIVO’s solution support?

The solution supports S3 Standard objects and buckets. S3 Standard is the “general purpose” Amazon S3 storage class for frequently accessed data. It provides high availability and durability, allowing you to retrieve data when needed.

How much data can I back up to Amazon S3?

Amazon S3 doesn’t limit the amount of data you can store. But each Amazon S3 backup repository can store up to 10 PB of data. Once you exceed the 10-PB limit, simply create another Amazon S3 backup repository.

Can I try Amazon S3 Backup Software for free?

Yes. The full-featured Free Trial of the NAKIVO’s solution does not have any capacity limitations and contains all the tools you need to protect your virtual, physical, cloud and SaaS environments. The deployment will take only two minutes, or you can book a free deployment session with our engineer to install, configure and run your first backup.

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