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Automated Server Snapshot

Learning about the difference between Automatic and Manual snapshots is important to understand automated server snapshots more clearly:

Automated Snapshots

Manual Snapshots

They are created automatically with a retention period of 1 to 35 days. The new ones have a retention period of 1 day and after they are deleted. Manual snapshots are created on demand by using consoles and CLIs.
The backup period can be incremented during the retention period When a manual snapshot is taken a full backup of the cluster data is created and stored 
One can restore from automatic snapshots by using console and the instances are added separately. One can also store from a manual snapshot and the instances can be added separately from the cluster.
One can restore from any point in the time period of retention as the databases updates are incrementally recorded and thus the cluster can restore at any point of time.

One can restore at the time when the manual snapshot was taken.

The instances should be kept separately.

The automatic snapshots are deleted when the automatic snapshot’s cluster is deleted. One cannot manually delete an automatic snapshot. A manual snapshot can be deleted only when you will explicitly delete the snapshot. A manual snapshot is not deleted when the cluster is deleted. 
The automatic snapshot naming is based on the following pattern:
yyy-mm-dd-mm, represents the time the snapshot was created
Manual snapshots can be named by you specifically. There is no datetime stamp to the name and thus this information can be added by you.


The auto snapshot feature is available when the machine is created and can be added to an existing machine also. Although manual snapshots are still available but are very less resourceful when compared to automatic snapshots. With automatic snapshots, you would never have to think about backing up your machines anymore. These manual methods can be very cumbersome and thus cannot prevent human errors at that level. With automated server snapshots, one can recover data much faster.

With automatic snapshots, the images can be duplicated using distinct tools and can also be given different names. The backup, on the other hand, can be demanded as and when required. As backup is a paid service and can be carried out automatically at regular intervals.

The Technique of Backing up by Taking Snapshots is Beneficial and is Backed up by Strong Reasons:

• The technique of backing up by taking snapshots is beneficial and is backed up by strong reasons-‘They do not affect the bandwidth- Snapshot backups do not affect the bandwidth of internet connectivity. The whole data that is backed up through snapshots are stored in a local backup like into an external device. An authentication request is sent to the primary backup account server by verifying the details of the current backup account. Along with this, the encryption standards are also verified. Once all the verification processes get completed the backup process starts and the data is transferred to your local backup device.

• A wide range of data can be backed up- Using an automatic snapshot technique; a wide range of data can be backed up. Most of the software these days has de-duplication and compression features to support large amounts of data that is needed to be transferred. It ensures that the data is stored in the exact same format and for this, they use the right set of verifying tools. Automatic snapshots are also popular as they allow taking a backup of the whole web server at a time.

Restoring the Large Sets of Data:

The benefits of automatic snapshots are not restricted to only transferring large sets of data but also restoring them. The data is restored in its original encrypted format. This saves a large amount of time. The entire set of the server with its operating systems and settings can be restored and recovered at the same time. They facilitate the snapshot backups and restores on both files and the entire server level. Both the snapshots and the restores are backed up in an easy manner and the same standards are maintained. The integrity of your data is ensured and the snapshot technology has to play an important role here. It has the sole responsibility for creating an effective backup strategy and implementing it at the right time. Thus with this, both the time and bandwidth costs are saved and proved to be a very economical technique of backing up data.

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