Backup is build into the model. You do not need to set this up yourself.
And you are able to download the backups to your own computer, of course!
You can keep as many backups as you want, but using to much storage will cost you, not to FileMaker but to Amazon.
You should have a look at this article. It is covering FileMaker Cloud backup in depth:
Thank you Carsten. I will have a look at the article.
However, what if the AWS instance completely fails?
That is indeed a very good question ... relevant for
- AWS, Azure and other cloud server platforms.
- And for services like google drive, iCloud Drive etc.
- And for our own servers
... if we do not have off site backups
I guess there are two answers .... and the rest is, with Dylans words, blowing in the wind:
- AWS (and Azure etc) have to be very very reliable. One disaster and they may loose the entire game!
- Have a routine moving the backups off site ... down to you ... and keep them there. Thereby also saving space/money on you disk.
Thank you Carsten.
About the article:
FileMaker Cloud uses Amazon Web Services Elastic Compute Cloud (AWS EC2) snapshots to back up your storage volume. Backups are automatically performed every twenty (20) minutes and a week's worth of backups (504) are stored. Once that limit is reached, older backups are deleted in sequence. If you would like to save a backup and prevent it from being deleted, it is recommended that you preserve a backup.
A snapshot of the server (if I'm using EBS volume) is 40gb, so it will be 40gb in size. So does that mean 504 * 40gb? Or will it take one snapshot at night and save 24*3 files on the server?
I do not know how backups are stored on FM Cloud/AWS. If they are separate complete backups or if they behind the scene is stored as incremental blocks. Sorry.
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AWS snapshots are more like incremental backups, so it will not be 40 GB in size for each snapshot. The first one will be 40, then subsequent ones will reflect differences from the previous one. These snapshots back up the volume where your FM Files are hosted, so not the entire EC2 instance.
Snapshots are also stored, technically, as S3 object storage, instead of EBS block storage. Which is good, because S3 prices are much lower.
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Yes, while we like FileMaker Cloud/AWS very much, the variable payment to Amazon can cause concerns.
One good thing is that with Filemaker Cloud you can choose to use servers in Europe. In Frankfurt or in England.
The Frankfurt Server is within the European Union and therefore adhering to EU and local laws ...
Louis, where are you situated. If you are in the EU + Switzerland, Norway etc. you should remember not to move any data with personal information outside the union and never to the USA. This is not a political statement or related to the president our American friends have chosen, but based on EU laws.
Hi Duncan, great clarification.
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In fact, the two supported European locations are Germany and Ireland. Not Germany and England. This is relevant to your point on EU laws: England (and the whole UK) will be leaving the EU in the next few years and will not necessarily be bound by EU laws afterwards. Ireland will not be leaving the EU so there will be no legal change to data hosted there.
We are based in England, Stroud to be more specific.
I can see that there are only two European available locations: Ireland and Frankfurt. Although AWS has arrived to London, London is not an available region yet (as far I can see in the AWS market place when choosing the region for the FileMaker Cloud BYOL).
Carsten Levin wrote:
If you are in the EU + Switzerland, Norway etc. you should remember not to move any data with personal information outside the union and never to the USA. This is not a political statement or related to the president our American friends have chosen, but based on EU laws.
I am aware of that Carsten. Thank you.
Hi Mike. Thank you for your good feedback.
So basically, I will need a EBS to store my EC2 instance, but you recommend to have a S3 instance to keep the backups/snaphots, (1) because the backup/snapshot itself is stored as a S3 object storage, and (2) I would have the backups/snapshots in a different place from the main application?
So, while we will probably choose Frankfurt you will probably chose Ireland:-)