Inventory Details for EC2
Utilized Size of EC2 Instance
Change vs Growth
Daily change rate of an individual EC2 instance
Daily growth rate of an individual EC2 instance
Aggregated daily change rate and daily growth rate of EC2 instances
Monthly change rate of an individual EC2 instance
Monthly growth rate of an individual EC2 instance
Aggregated monthly change rate and monthly growth rate of EC2 instances
Inventory Details for EC2 in Clumio Discover provides insight into utilized sizes, change rates, and growth rates of EC2 instances in AWS accounts, based on EBS snapshots of the attached EBS volumes. All calculations are based on EBS snapshots that meet the requirements explained in the following sections.
Utilized Size of EC2 Instance
EBS volumes attached to EC2 instances provide durable blocklevel storage for the instances. AWS offers different options for EBS volume sizes for specifying the storage options instances. For example, a General Purpose SSD (gp2) volume can have a volume size between 1GiB to 16TiB. If you spin up a volume of size 1GiB, then this volume size is called the provisioned size of the EBS volume. The utilized size of the EBS volume is the size of the data that is stored in this provisioned volume. For example, if you write 512MiB of data, then the utilized size of the EBS volume is 512MiB.
The following sections explain how Clumio calculates the utilized sizes of EC2.
EBS snapshots based calculations
EBS snapshots are a pointintime copy of the data, and each snapshot contains all of the information that is needed to restore the data to a new EBS volume  which means that we can infer the EBS volume’s utilized size based on its snapshot size. For an EC2 instance, Clumio looks for the most recent snapshot of each attached EBS volume in the last 90 days and this snapshot’s size is treated as the utilized size of the EBS volume.
How Clumio calculates the utilized size of an EC2 instance:
For example, assume that an EC2 instance has two attached EBS volumes that are provisioned for 4 blocks each.
Attached volume 1:
Provisioned blocks on July 10, 2022 
Utilized blocks on July 13, 2022 
Snapshot A taken on July 15, 2022(Seeding) 
Snapshot B taken on July 16, 2022 
Snapshot C taken on July 17, 2022 
Snapshot D taken on July 18, 2022 
Block 0 
A0 
A0 
A1 
A2 

Block 1 
B0 
B0 
B1 
B2 

Block 2 
C0 
C0 
C1 

Block 3 
D0 
D0 
D1 
Attached volume 2:
Provisioned blocks on July 10, 2022 
Utilized blocks on July 13, 2022 
Snapshot A taken on July 15, 2022(Seeding) 
Snapshot B taken on July 16, 2022 
Snapshot C taken on July 17, 2022 
Snapshot D taken on July 18, 2022 
Block 0 
A0 
A0 
A1 
A2 
A3 
Block 1 
B0 
B0 
B1 
B2 
B3 
Block 2 
C0 
C0 
C1 

Block 3 
 For both attached volumes, snapshot A, taken on July 15, 2022, is seeding backups which store the data on the blocks of volumes.
 For subsequent snapshots taken on the following days, some blocks were overwritten and other blocks were newly written to.
 AWS snapshots are incremental backups, which means that only the blocks on the volume that have changed after the most recent snapshot are stored. This is indicated in the table by empty cells for the snapshots, where empty cells are referencing the previous snapshot storing the data.
 If we calculate the utilized size of the EC2 instance on Aug 01, 2022, then Clumio looks for the most recent snapshot in the last 90 days for both volumes which in this case is snapshot D, taken on July 18, 2022.
 The size of snapshot D of attached volume 1 includes the bolded letters in the table with data (A2, B2, C1, D1) starting from block 0 through block 3, and the total snapshot size is the sum of these blocks. Since each EBS volume block is 512KiB in size, the snapshot size is 4 blocks x 512KiB = 2MiB. The utilized size of attached volume 1 is 2MiB.
 The size of snapshot D of attached volume 2 includes the bolded letters in the table with data (A3, B3, C1) starting from block 0 through block 2, and the total snapshot size is the sum of these blocks. Since each EBS volume block is 512KiB in size, the snapshot size is 3 blocks x 512KiB = 1.5MiB. The utilized size of attached volume 2 is 1.5MiB.
 By adding the utilized sizes of both attached volumes, the utilized size of the instance is 2MiB + 1.5MiB = 3.5MiB
Summarized utilized size of EC2 instances
For example, assume that you have two EC2 instances which have a number of attached volumes. These volumes have a number of snapshots taken on different dates.
If today is Aug 01, 2022, Clumio looks back 90 days in time and uses the most recent snapshot’s size as the attached volume’s utilized size. The most recent snapshot is chosen because this snapshot is indicative of the latest utilized size of the volume. To calculate the utilized size of the instance, the sizes of volumes are added up.
Instance 
Attached volumes 
Most Recent Snapshot in 90 Days 
Snapshot Size 
Reason 
EC2 instance 1 
Volume V1 Volume V2 Volume V3 
V1: “” V2: S23 V3: S33 
V1: 0GiB V2: 2GiB V3: 2GiB 
No snapshot found in the last 90 days for V1 
EC2 instance 2 
Volume V1 Volume V2 Volume V3 
V1: S13 V2: “” V3: S33 
V1: 2GiB V2: 0GiB V3: 2GiB 
No snapshot found in the last 90 days for V2 
The summarized utilized size of instances calculated by adding the utilized sizes of individual instances.
Utilized size of EC2 instance 1: 2 GiB + 2GiB ≅ 4GiB
Utilized size of EC2 instance 2: 2 GiB + 2GiB ≅ 4GiB
Summarized utilized size of EC2 instances: 4 GiB + 4GiB ≅ 8GiB
Change vs Growth
Data can be written to blocks storing data or new blocks in an EBS volume. When a block storing data is overwritten with new data, we refer to it as “change”, and when data is written to an entirely new block, we refer to it as “growth”.
Change in EBS volume
The following table shows how change occurs in an EBS volume. For simplicity, consider an EBS volume with 10 blocks with indexes 0 through 9. On Day 1, data was written to 6 blocks starting from block 0 through block 5. On Day 2, block 1’s data B was overwritten with new data B1 and we refer to this as “change”. Similarly, block 3’s data D changed from D to D1 on Day 2. All the changed blocks from Day 1 to Day 3 are highlighted with bolded letters in the cells.
Blocks 
Day 1 
Day 2 
Day 3 
Block 0 
A 
A1 

Block 1 
B 
B1 
B2 
Block 2 
C 
C1 

Block 3 
D 
D1 
D2 
Block 4 
E 

Block 5 
F 

Block 6 

Block 7 

Block 8 

Block 9 
Growth in EBS volume
The following table shows how growth occurs in an EBS volume. For simplicity, consider an EBS volume with 10 blocks with indexes 0 through 9. On Day 1, data is written to 5 blocks starting from block 0 through block 4. On Day 2, data is written to new blocks i.e. block 5 and block 6 and we refer to this as “growth”. Similarly, data is written to block 7 and block 8 on Day 3. The cells with bolded letters indicate growth from Day 1 to Day 3 in this EBS volume.
Blocks 
Day 1 
Day 2 
Day 3 
Block 0 
A 
A 
A 
Block 1 
B 
B 
B 
Block 2 
C 
C 
C 
Block 3 
D 
D 
D 
Block 4 
E 
E 
E 
Block 5 
F 
F 

Block 6 
G 
G 

Block 7 
H 

Block 8 
I 

Block 9 
Why Change and Growth are Important
In the backup world, change and growth are important to understand as both impact your backup storage and the corresponding costs. If a web application writes 10GiB newly to an EBS volume of size 10GiB, it results in a growth of 10GiB and total size of 20GiB. In this case, you can expect your backup storage to be 20GiB. The 10GiB growth will be held onto forever in the backup. On the other hand, if the web application is changing the existing data stored in the 10GiB EBS volume, then your backup storage can vary widely due to the changes. This is because change causes multiple versions of the same block to be stored in the backups, and these versions are retained for the duration specified by your backup policy. Therefore, change and growth in your EBS volumes are important to understand what is contributing to your backup sizes.
To provide insights on how EC2 instances in your AWS accounts are changing and growing based on the change and growth of attached EBS volumes, Clumio calculates daily and monthly change rates and growth rates that can be used to estimate backup sizes if you are taking daily and monthly backups.
Change Rate of an EC2 Instance
The change rate of an EC2 instance refers to the rate at which the blocks of attached volumes of the instance change over time i.e. existing blocks of data getting overwritten by data for a specific time period.
Daily change rate of an individual EC2 instance
A daily change rate explains the average rate of change in an EC2 instance on a daily basis.
How Clumio calculates the average daily change rate of an EC2 instance:
For example, let's look at an EC2 instance that has two attached volumes with snapshots taken on different days.
Figure 1:
Assuming that today is Aug 01, 2022, Clumio calculates the average daily change rate of this instance in the following steps.
Step 1:
For the last 3 months i.e. from May 01, 2022 to Aug 01, 2022, identify snapshots that are 20 to 28 hours apart in time for each attached volume. The time difference is required to ensure that the two snapshots are approximately a day apart for calculating the daily change rate. Some snapshots that meet this requirement are:
Attached volume 1:
Pair No. 
Snapshot A 
Snapshot B 
Time Difference (hours) 
1 
S1 
S2 
20hr 
2 
S2 
S3 
27hr 2m 
3 
S4 
S5 
25h 53m 
4 
S10 
S11 
22h 
5 
S11 
S12 
23h 30m 
Attached volume 2:
Pair No. 
Snapshot A 
Snapshot B 
Time Difference (hours) 
1 
S5 
S6 
24h 
2 
S6 
S7 
26h 
3 
S8 
S9 
24h 30m 
4 
S9 
S10 
22h 
5 
S10 
S11 
22h 
Note:
 Each attached volume should have snapshots that meet Clumio’s requirements and should result in 2 to 5 snapshot pairs for Clumio to calculate the change rate successfully. If not, the change rate of the attached volume is shown as “” in the UI.
 Snapshots that are copied to a secondary region are not used in the calculations.
 If you have multiple snapshots taken on two days, then the latest snapshot of each day will be used to create a snapshot pair to prioritize recency. For example, if you have snapshot A, snapshot B taken in order on Day 1 and snapshot C, snapshot D taken in order on Day 2, then we use snapshot B and snapshot D for calculating the daily change rate.
Step 2:
An EBS volume can have the same blocks overwritten or new blocks written over time. Snapshots are pointintime and capture the volume state when they are taken. To account for same blocks being overwritten and new blocks written, Clumio calculates two bounds for each snapshot pair:

 Same blocks changing: Consider an EBS volume where the same block i.e. block 1 changes every 6 hours. The average change rate for a day would be 25%, implying that 1 out of 4 blocks changed.
Blocks 
Data 
12am 
6am 
12pm 
6pm 
Block 0 
A0 

Block 1 
B0 
B1 
B2 
B3 
B4 
Block 2 
C0 

Block 3 
D0 
2. Different blocks changing: Consider the same EBS volume where a different block changes every 6 hours. The average change rate for a day would be 100%, implying that 4 out of 4 blocks changed.
Blocks 
Data 
12am 
6am 
12pm 
6pm 
Block 0 
A 
A1 

Block 1 
B 
B1 

Block 2 
C 
C1 

Block 3 
D 
D1 
As described above, the change rate of the attached EBS volume in question can vary from 25% to 100% depending on whether the same blocks changed or different blocks changed. To account for this, Clumio calculates the two bounds for each snapshot pair as follows.
 For the first snapshot pair S1 and S2, calculate the utilized sizes of S1 and S2 by making ListSnapshotBlocks API calls for each snapshot.
 Calculate the delta between S1 and S2 (i.e. the blocks that are different between the two snapshots) by making ListChangedBlocks API calls.
 Bound 1: We take the delta between the snapshots and subtract the growth between them for fetching changes alone using the formula:
(delta (snapS2UtilizedSize  snapS1UtilizedSize))/(snapS1UtilizedSize)
From Figure 1,
For attached volume 1: Utilized sizes of S1 (Snap1Size) and S2 (Snap2Size) are 2GiB and 2.25GiB respectively.
For attached volume 2: Utilized sizes of S5 (Snap1Size) and S6 (Snap2Size) are 2.6GiB and 2.8GiB respectively.
Assuming that the delta between snapshot pairs is 1GiB, bound 1 will be:
Attached volume 1's Bound 1: (1GiB  (2.25GiB  2GiB)) / 2GiB ≅ 0.375 or 37.5%
Attached volume 2's Bound 1: (1GiB  (2.8GiB  2.6GiB)) / 2.6GiB ≅ 0.307 or 30.7%
4. Bound 2: We divide the previous results by the number of days between the snapshots.
Attached volume 1's Bound 2: 0.375/ 0.83 ≅ 0.451 or 45.1%
Attached volume 2's Bound 2: 0.307/ 1 ≅ 0.307 or 30.7
5. Bound 1 and Bound 2 will be displayed as min. change rate and max. change rate for each . volume’s snapshot pair depending on their values. The avg. change rate is calculated by averaging min. and max. change rates.
6. The snapshot pair for both volumes will be displayed as follows.
Attached volume 1:
Snapshot Pair 
Min. Change Rate 
Max. Change Rate 
Avg. Change Rate 
S1 and S2 
37.5% 
45.1% 
41.3% 
Attached volume 2:
Snapshot Pair 
Min. Change Rate 
Max. Change Rate 
Avg. Change Rate 
S5 and S6 
30.7% 
30.7% 
30.7% 
Step 3:
Clumio identifies a number of snapshot pairs for each attached volume and calculates min. change rate, max. change rate and avg. change rate for each pair. Assuming that the delta from the ListChangedBlocks API calls is 1GiB for all snapshot pairs of the EBS volume, the following data is generated.
Attached volume 1:
Snapshot Pair 
Min. Change Rate 
Max. Change Rate 
Avg. Change Rate 
S1 and S2 
37.5% 
45.1% 
41.3% 
S2 and S3 
39.2% 
44.45% 
41.82% 
S4 and S5 
22.07% 
23.8% 
22.93% 
S10 and S11 
17.78% 
19.53% 
18.65% 
S11 and S12 
14.89% 
15.35% 
15.12% 
The average change rate of attached volume 1 is calculated by taking an average of avg. change rates of all snapshot pairs.
Attached volume 1's avg. daily change rate: (41.3+41.82+22.93+18.65+15.12)/5 ≅ 27.96%
Attached volume 2:
Snapshot Pair 
Min. Change Rate 
Max. Change Rate 
Avg. Change Rate 
S5 and S6 
30.7% 
30.7% 
30.7% 
S6 and S7 
9.91% 
10.71% 
10.31% 
S8 and S9 
12.07% 
12.32% 
12.19% 
S9 and S10 
16.67% 
18.31% 
17.49% 
S10 and S11 
17.78% 
19.53% 
18.65% 
The average change rate of attached volume 2 is calculated by taking an average of avg. change rates of all snapshot pairs.
Attached volume 2's avg. daily change rate: (30.7+ 10.31+12.19+17.49+ 18.65)/5 ≅ 17.86%
Lastly, the average daily change rate of the instance is calculated by averaging the change rates of attached volume 1 and attached volume 2.
Avg. daily change rate: (27.96 + 17.86)/2 ≅ 22.91%
Growth Rate of an EC2 Instance
The growth rate of an EC2 instance refers to the rate at which the blocks of attached volumes of the instance grow by writing to new blocks over a specific time period.
Daily growth rate of an individual EC2 instance
A daily growth rate explains the average rate of growth in an EC2 instance on a daily basis.
How Clumio calculates the average daily growth rate of an EC2 instance
For example, consider an EC2 instance that has two attached volumes with snapshots taken on different days.
Figure 2:
Assuming that today is Aug 01, 2022, Clumio calculates the average daily growth rate of this EBS volume in the following steps.
Step 1:
For the last 3 months i.e. from May 01, 2022 to Aug 01, 2022, identify snapshots that are 20 to 28 hours apart in time for each attached volume. The time difference is required to ensure that the two snapshots are approximately a day apart for calculating the daily growth rate. Some snapshots that meet this requirement are:
Attached volume 1:
Pair No. 
Snapshot A 
Snapshot B 
Time Difference (hours) 
1 
S1 
S2 
20hr 
2 
S2 
S3 
27hr 2m 
3 
S4 
S5 
25h 53m 
4 
S10 
S11 
22h 
5 
S11 
S12 
23h 30m 
Attached volume 2:
Pair No. 
Snapshot A 
Snapshot B 
Time Difference (hours) 
1 
S5 
S6 
24h 
2 
S6 
S7 
26h 
3 
S8 
S9 
24h 30m 
4 
S9 
S10 
22h 
5 
S10 
S11 
22h 
Note:
 Each attached volume should have snapshots that meet Clumio’s requirements and should result in 2 to 5 snapshot pairs for Clumio to calculate the change rate successfully. If not, the change rate of the attached volume is shown as “” in the UI.
 Snapshots that are copied to a secondary region are not used in the calculations.
 If you have multiple snapshots taken on two days, then the latest snapshot of each day will be used to create a snapshot pair, to prioritize recency. For example, if you have snapshot A, snapshot B taken in order on Day 1 and snapshot C, snapshot D taken in order on Day 2, then we use snapshot B and snapshot D for calculating the daily growth rate.
Step 2:
For each snapshot pair of the attached volume, calculate the daily growth by using the following formula.
(snapS2UtilizedSize  snapS1UtilizedSize)/snapS1UtilizedSize/(snapS2TimeInDayssnapS1TimeInDays)
For attached volume 1: Utilized sizes of S1 (Snap1Size) and S2 (Snap2Size) are 2GiB and 2.25GiB respectively and the snapshots are 22 hours apart (0.83 day).
Attached volume 1: (2.25GiB  2GiB)) / 2GiB / 0.83 ≅ 0.1506 or 15.06%
For attached volume 2: Utilized sizes of S5 (Snap1Size) and S6 (Snap2Size) are 2.6GiB and 2.8GiB respectively and the snapshots are 24 hours apart.
Attached volume 2: (2.8GiB  2.6GiB)) / 2.6GiB/ 1 ≅ 0.0769 or 7.69%
Attached volume 1:
Snapshot Pair 
Daily Growth Rate 
S1 and S2 
15.06% 
Attached volume 2:
Snapshot Pair 
Daily Growth Rate 
S5 and S6 
7.69% 
Step 3:
Clumio identifies a number of snapshot pairs for each attached volume and calculates growth rate for each pair that will result in the following table.
Attached volume 1:
Snapshot Pair 
Daily Growth Rate 
S1 and S2 
15.06% 
S2 and S3 
0% 
S4 and S5 
22.24% 
S10 and S11 
4.83% 
S11 and S12 
6.57% 
The average growth rate of attached volume 1 is calculated by taking an average of the daily growth rates of all snapshot pairs.
Attached volume 1's avg. daily growth rate: (15.06+0+22.24+4.83+6.57)/5 ≅ 9.74%
Attached volume 2:
Snapshot Pair 
Daily Growth Rate 
S5 and S6 
7.69% 
S6 and S7 
23.14% 
S8 and S9 
14.7% 
S9 and S10 
7.8% 
S10 and S11 
4.9% 
The average growth rate of attached volume 2 is calculated by taking an average of daily growth rates of all snapshot pairs.
Attached volume 2's avg. daily growth rate: (7.69+ 23.14+14.7+7.8+ 4.9)/5 ≅ 11.64%
Lastly, the average daily growth rate of the instance is calculated by averaging the growth rates of the attached volumes.
Avg. daily growth rate: (9.74 + 11.64)/2 ≅ 10.69%
Aggregated daily change rate and daily growth rate of EC2 instances
In the previous sections we covered how daily change rate and daily growth rate are calculated for an individual EC2 instance. Clumio calculates summarized daily change rates and daily growth rates by using EC2 instances that have non NULL values (NULL values are represented by a “”) for utilized sizes, change rates and growth rates.
For example, you have 10 EC2 instances, and Clumio’s calculations for utilized sizes, daily change rates, and daily growth rates of these 10 instances resulted in the following data.
EC2 Instance 
Utilized Size of EC2 Instance 
Daily Change Rate 
Daily Growth Rate 
Instance 1 
100GiB 
6.5% 
1.5% 
Instance 2 
50GiB 
4.25% 
3.5% 
Instance 3 
 
 
 
Instance 4 
16GiB 
5% 
0% 
Instance 5 
 
 
 
Instance 6 
10GiB 
5% 
4% 
Instance 7 
 
 
 
Instance 8 
200GiB 
3.75% 
6% 
Instance 9 
30GiB 
3.5% 
1.5% 
Instance 10 
50GiB 
6.25% 
3.2% 
Summarized utilized size of EC2 instances:
All EC2 instances that have the utilized size calculated successfully are added to calculate the summarized utilized size.
Utilized size: 100+50+16+10+200+30+50 ≅ 456GiB
Summarized daily change rate of EC2 instances:
This is calculated by a weighted average of the utilized sizes of EC2 instances in order to consider an instance’s contribution to the summarized daily change rate based on its utilized size.
A: (100GiB (6.5%)+ 50GiB (4.25%) + 16GiB (5%) + 10GiB(5%) + 200GiB(3.75%) + 30GiB(3.5%) + 50GiB(6.25%))
B: 100GiB + 50GiB + 16GiB + 10GiB + 200GiB + 30GiB + 50GiB ≅ 456GiB
Avg. daily change rate of EC2 instances: A/B ≅ 2160/456 = 4.73%
Summarized daily growth rate of EC2 instances:
This is calculated by a weighted average of the utilized sizes of EC2 instances in order to consider an instance’s contribution to the summarized daily growth rate based on its utilized size.
A: (100GiB (1.5%)+ 50GiB (3.5%) + 16GiB (0%) + 10GiB(4%) + 200GiB(6%) + 30GiB(1.5%) + 50GiB(3.2%))
B: 100GiB + 50GiB + 16GiB + 10GiB + 200GiB + 30GiB + 50GiB ≅ 456GiB
Avg. daily growth rate of EC2 instances: A/B = 1770/4565 ≅ 3.88%
Change Rate of an EC2 Instance
The change rate of an EC2 instance refers to the rate at which the blocks of attached volumes of the instance change over time, i.e., existing blocks of data getting overwritten by data for a specific time period.
Monthly change rate of an individual EC2 instance
A daily change rate explains the average rate of change in an EC2 instance over a month.
How Clumio calculates the average monthly change rate of an EC2 instance:
For example, consider an EC2 instance that has two attached volumes with snapshots taken on different days.
Figure 1:
Assuming that today is Aug 01, 2022, Clumio calculates the average monthly change rate of this EC2 instance in the following steps.
Step 1:
For the last year, i.e., from Aug 01, 2021 to Aug 01, 2022, identify snapshots that are 20 to 40 days apart in time for each attached volume. The time difference is necessary to ensure that the two snapshots are approximately a month apart for calculating the monthly change rate. Some snapshots that meet this requirement are:
Attached volume 1:
Pair No. 
Snapshot A 
Snapshot B 
Time Difference (hours) 
1 
S1 
S2 
793 
2 
S4 
S5 
553 
3 
S5 
S6 
756 
4 
S7 
S8 
888 
5 
S8 
S9 
613 
Attached volume 2:
Pair No. 
Snapshot A 
Snapshot B 
Time Difference (hours) 
1 
S3 
S4 
859.5 
2 
S4 
S5 
769.5 
3 
S6 
S7 
805.5 
4 
S7 
S8 
912 
5 
S8 
S9 
518.5 
Note:
 Each attached volume should have snapshots that meet Clumio’s requirements and should result in 2 to 5 snapshot pairs for Clumio to calculate the change rate successfully. If not, the change rate of the attached volume is shown as “” in the UI.
 Snapshots that are copied to a secondary region are not used in the calculations.
 If you have multiple snapshots taken in two months, then the latest snapshot of each month will be used to create a snapshot pair to prioritize recency. For example, if you have two snapshots in January: snapshot A taken on Jan 10th, snapshot B taken on Jan 28th, and two snapshots in February: snapshot C taken on Feb 15th, snapshot D taken on Feb 25th, then we use snapshot B and snapshot D for calculating the monthly change rate.
Step 2:
As explained in the section of daily change rate, an attached volume can have the same blocks overwritten or new blocks written over time. To account for this, Clumio calculates two bounds for each snapshot pair.
Assuming that the delta between snapshot pairs is 1GiB, bound 1 will be:
Attached volume 1 Bound 1: (1GiB  (2.5GiB  2GiB))/2GiB = 0.25 or 25%
Attached volume 2 Bound 1: (1GiB  (6.1GiB  5.75GiB))/5.75GiB = 0.113 or 11.3%
For bound 2, we divide the previous results by the number of months between the snapshots.
Attached volume 1's Bound 2: 0.25/ 1.1 ≅ 0.227 or 22.7%
Attached volume 2's Bound 2: 0.113/ 1.06 ≅ 0.106 or 10.6%
The two bounds of a snapshot pair will be shown as min. change rate and max. change rate. The avg. change rate is calculated by averaging min. and max. change rates.
Attached volume 1:
Snapshot Pair 
Min. Change Rate 
Max. Change Rate 
Avg. Change Rate 
S1 and S2 
22.7% 
25% 
23.85% 
Attached volume 2:
Snapshot Pair 
Min. Change Rate 
Max. Change Rate 
Avg. Change Rate 
S3 and S4 
10.6% 
11.3% 
10.95% 
Step 3:
Clumio identifies a number of snapshot pairs for each attached volume and calculates min. change rate, max. change rate, and avg. change rate for each pair. Assuming that the delta from the ListChangedBlocks API calls is 1GiB for all snapshot pairs of the EBS volume, the following data is generated.
Attached volume 1:
Snapshot Pair 
Min. Change Rate 
Max. Change Rate 
Avg. Change Rate 
S1 and S2 
22% 
25% 
23.5% 
S4 and S5 
23.80% 
31.31% 
27.55% 
S5 and S6 
29.29% 
30.76% 
30.02% 
S7 and S8 
19.73% 
24.28% 
22% 
S8 and S9 
12.32% 
14.49% 
13.4% 
The average change rate of attached volume 1 is calculated by taking an average of avg. change rates of all snapshot pairs.
Avg. monthly change rate: (23.5+27.55+30.02+22+13.4)/5 ≅ 23.29%
Attached volume 2:
Snapshot Pair 
Min. Change Rate 
Max. Change Rate 
Avg. Change Rate 
S3 and S4 
10.6% 
11.3% 
10.95% 
S4 and S5 
13.11% 
13.9% 
13.5% 
S6 and S7 
11.26% 
12.5% 
11.88% 
S7 and S8 
7.93% 
10% 
8.96% 
S8 and S9 
5.48% 
7.61% 
6.54% 
The average change rate of attached volume 2 is calculated by taking an average of avg. change rates of all snapshot pairs.
Avg. monthly change rate: (10.95+13.5+11.88+8.96+6.54)/5 ≅ 10.37%
Lastly, the average monthly change rate of the instance is calculated by averaging the change rates of attached volume 1 and attached volume 2.
Avg. monthly change rate: (23.29 + 10.37)/2 ≅ 16.83%
Growth Rate of an EC2 Instance
The growth rate of an EC2 instance refers to the rate at which the blocks of attached volumes of the instance grow by writing to new blocks over a specific time period.
Monthly growth rate of an individual EC2 instance
A monthly growth rate explains the average rate of growth in an EC2 instance over a month.
How Clumio calculates the average monthly growth rate of an EC2 instance
For example, consider an EC2 instance that has two attached volumes with snapshots taken on different days.
Figure 2
Assuming that today is Aug 01, 2022, Clumio calculates the average monthly growth rate of this EBS volume in the following steps.
Step 1:
For the last year, i.e., from Aug 01, 2021 to Aug 01, 2022, identify snapshots that are 20 to 40 days apart in time for each attached volume. The time difference is required to ensure that the two snapshots are approximately a month apart for calculating the monthly growth rate. Some snapshots that meet this requirement are:
Attached volume 1:
Pair No. 
Snapshot A 
Snapshot B 
Time Difference (hours) 
1 
S1 
S2 
793 
2 
S4 
S5 
553 
3 
S5 
S6 
756 
4 
S7 
S8 
888 
5 
S8 
S9 
613 
Attached volume 2:
Pair No. 
Snapshot A 
Snapshot B 
Time Difference (hours) 
1 
S3 
S4 
859.5 
2 
S4 
S5 
769.5 
3 
S6 
S7 
805.5 
4 
S7 
S8 
912 
5 
S8 
S9 
518.5 
Step 2:
For each snapshot pair of the attached volume, calculate the monthly growth by using the following formula.
(snapS2UtilizedSize  snapS1UtilizedSize)/snapS1UtilizedSize/(snapS2TimeInMonthssnapS1TimeInMonths)
For attached volume 1: Utilized sizes of S1 (Snap1Size) and S2 (Snap2Size) are 2GiB and 2.5GiB respectively and the snapshots are 793 hours apart (1.1 months apart).
Attached volume 1: (2.5GiB  2GiB)) / 2GiB / 1.1 ≅ 0.2272 or 22.72%%
For attached volume 2: Utilized sizes of S3 (Snap1Size) and S4 (Snap2Size) are 5.75GiB and 6.1GiB respectively and the snapshots are 859.5 hours apart (1.19 months apart).
Attached volume 2: (6.1GiB  5.75GiB)) / 5.75GiB/ 1 .19 ≅ 0.0511 or 5.11 %
The snapshot pair will be displayed as follows.
Attached volume 1:
Snapshot Pair 
Monthly Growth Rate 
S1 and S2 
22.72% 
Attached volume 2:
Snapshot Pair 
Monthly Growth Rate 
S3 and S4 
5.11% 
Step 3:
Clumio identifies a number of snapshot pairs for each attached volume and calculates growth rate for each pair that will result in the following table.
Attached volume 1:
Snapshot Pair 
Monthly Growth Rate 
S1 and S2 
22.72% 
S4 and S5 
31.32% 
S5 and S6 
7.32% 
S7 and S8 
3.48% 
S8 and S9 
17.7% 
The average growth rate of attached volume 1 is calculated by taking an average of the monthly growth rates of all snapshot pairs.
Attached volume 1's avg. monthly growth rate: (22.72+ 31.32+7.32+3.48+17.7)/5 ≅ 16.5%
Attached volume 2:
Snapshot Pair 
Monthly Growth Rate 
S3 and S4 
5.11% 
S4 and S5 
2.26% 
S6 and S7 
0% 
S7 and S8 
1.98% 
S8 and S9 
9.3% 
The average growth rate of attached volume 2 is calculated by taking an average of the monthly growth rates of all snapshot pairs.
Attached volume 2's avg. monthly growth rate: (5.11+ 2.26+0+1.98+9.3)/5 ≅ 3.73%
The average monthly growth rate of the instance is calculated by taking an average of growth rates of attached volumes.
Avg. monthly growth rate: (16.5%+ 3.73)/5 ≅ 10.11%
Aggregated monthly change rate and monthly growth rate of EC2 instances
In the previous sections, we showed how monthly change rate and monthly growth rate are calculated for an individual EC2 instance. Clumio calculates the summarized monthly change rate and monthly growth rate by using EC2 instances that have non NULL values (NULL values are represented by a “”) for utilized sizes, change rates, and growth rates.
For example, you have 10 EC2 instances, and Clumio’s calculations for utilized sizes, monthly change rates, and monthly growth rates of these 10 instances resulted in the following data.
EC2 Instance 
Utilized Size of EC2 Instance 
Monthly Change Rate 
Monthly Growth Rate 
Instance 1 
100GiB 
 
 
Instance 2 
50GiB 
3.25% 
2% 
Instance 3 
 
 
 
Instance 4 
16GiB 
5% 
0% 
Instance 5 
 
 
 
Instance 6 
10GiB 
10.75% 
3.25% 
Instance 7 
 
 
 
Instance 8 
200GiB 
3.5% 
4.2% 
Instance 9 
30GiB 
3.2% 
2.5% 
Instance 10 
50GiB 
1.25% 
5.92% 
Summarized utilized size of EC2 instances:
All EC2 instances that have the utilized size calculated successfully are added to calculate the summarized utilized size.
Utilized size: 100+50+16+10+200+30+50 ≅ 456GiB
Summarized monthly change rate of EC2 instances:
This is calculated by a weighted average of the utilized sizes of EC2 instances to consider an instance’s contribution to the summarized monthly change rate based on its utilized size.
A: (50GiB (3.25%)+ 16GiB (5%) + 10GiB (10.75%) + 200GiB(3.5%) + 30GiB(3.2%) + 50GiB(1.25%)
B: 50GiB + 16GiB + 10GiB + 200GiB + 30GiB + 50GiB ≅ 356GiB
Avg. monthly change rate of EC2 instances: A/B = 1208.5/356 ≅ 3.39%
Summarized monthly growth rate of EC2 instances:
This is calculated by a weighted average of the utilized sizes of EC2 instances to consider an instance’s contribution to the summarized monthly growth rate based on its utilized size.
A: (50GiB (2%)+ 16GiB (0%) + 10GiB(3.25%) + 200GiB(4.2%) + 30GiB(2.5%) + 50GiB(5.92%))
B: 50GiB + 16GiB + 10GiB + 200GiB + 30GiB + 50GiB ≅ 356GiB
Avg. monthly growth rate of EC2 instances: A/B = 1343.5/356 ≅ 3.77%
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