Reduce your AWS Backup
costs with these tips

These proven tips can save you up to 30% on AWS costs!

* Savings are averaged out across customers & services

AWS Backup cost saving tips Optimize your AWS Backup costs with these tips


Use Data Life Cycles

Using an efficient tagging strategy, you can make sure you only backup what you need. You can make sure that backup retention is automatically set using Data Life Cycles. I suggest creating two backup plans one for UAT environments and one for production environments, with different retention settings.


Consider Service Costs

Some services have cheaper backup costs than others. For instance, backing up an Aurora Cluster is four times cheaper than backing up a RDS Database. This might mean that you need to switch services to get better backup costs. Factor both the storage and the restore price into your calculations.


Cross Region Transfer

If you transfer your backups across AWS regions (which you should do!) you might be confronted with cross region transfer costs (currently about $0.02/GB). Depending on your backup retention needs you might need to reduce the number of times you transfer to the other region.

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About Alex I am your AWS cost saving guru, ready to slash your AWS costs!

As a CTO at various start-ups and scale-ups, I've seen too often how AWS costs can sneak up on you. It used to be something we'd only think about when there was a problem—either it wasn't working like we needed it to, or the expenses were through the roof. I took my know-how in AWS and made it my goal to change that. Now, I use a simple rule to make a big impact: focus on the few changes that make the biggest difference in cutting costs.

I look at your AWS bills with a fine-tooth comb and find where you can save money without losing performance. It's about being smart with your resources and making sure AWS works for you, not against you. By doing this, I help your teams do more with less, and make sure we keep your cloud spending in check.

About AWS Backup Service information & pricing

About AWS Backup

AWS Backup is a fully managed, policy-based service that simplifies data protection. It allows users to create immutable backups, monitor and ensure data protection compliance with auditor-ready reports. AWS Backup can be used for cloud-native backup, hybrid data protection, centralized data protection policies, and data protection compliance.

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AWS Backup pricing

AWS Backup costs include storage, data transfers, restorations, evaluations, and are based on monthly storage (GB-Month). No set up or minimum fees. Prices differ per product. Cold storage specifically supports backups for minimum 90 days, billed per GB-day. AWS Backup can quickly get expensive at scale.

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