Creating a Snapshot Lifecycle Policy in AWS

BRIEN POSEY | September 19, 2018

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Although snapshots can be very useful for protecting Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) instances, managing snapshots becomes increasingly difficult with scale. It's one thing to create snapshots for a few Amazon EC2 instances, but it's quite another thing to create snapshots for a thousand instances. And of course there's more to snapshot management than just creating snapshots. At some point, you'll probably want to begin removing old snapshots that are no longer useful. Amazon Web Services (AWS) helps you automate this once-tedious process by allowing you to create snapshot lifecycle policies. Let's take a look at how these policies work.

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