Redshift is a fast, simple, cost-effective data warehousing service. Amazon Redshift gives you the best of high performance data warehouses. It is a fully managed, petabyte-scale data warehouse service in the cloud. You can start with just a few hundred gigabytes of data and scale to a petabyte or more. This enables you to use your data to acquire new insights for your business and customers. The policy checks if RedShift storage service has controlled access and its backup schedules are configured.


Automated snapshots

When automated snapshots are enabled for a cluster, Amazon Redshift periodically takes snapshots of that cluster. By default, Amazon Redshift takes a snapshot about every eight hours or following every 5 GB per node of data changes, or whichever comes first. Alternatively, you can create a snapshot schedule to control when automated snapshots are taken. Automated snapshots are enabled by default when you create a cluster.

  • Automated snapshots are deleted at the end of a retention period. The default retention period is one day, but you can modify it by using the Amazon Redshift console or programmatically by using the Amazon Redshift API or CLI.
  • To disable automated snapshots, set the retention period to zero. If you disable automated snapshots, Amazon Redshift stops taking snapshots and deletes any existing automated snapshots for the cluster.
  • Only Amazon Redshift can delete an automated snapshot; you cannot delete them manually. Amazon Redshift deletes automated snapshots at the end of a snapshot's retention period, when you disable automated snapshots for the cluster, or when you delete the cluster. Amazon Redshift retains the latest automated snapshot until you disable automated snapshots or delete the cluster.

If you want to keep an automated snapshot for a longer period, you can create a copy of it as a manual snapshot. The automated snapshot is retained until the end of the retention period, but the corresponding manual snapshot is retained until you manually delete it or until the end of the retention period.

Automated snapshot schedules

To precisely control when snapshots are taken, you can create a snapshot schedule and attach it to one or more clusters. When you modify a snapshot schedule, the schedule is modified for all associated clusters. If a cluster doesn't have a snapshot schedule attached, the cluster uses the default automated snapshot schedule.

A snapshot schedule is a set of schedule rules. You can define a simple schedule rule based on a specified interval, such as every 8 hours or every 12 hours. You can also add rules to take snapshots on certain days of the week, at specific times, or during specific periods. Rules can also be defined using Unix-like cron expressions.