Automatic Backups

Modified on: Thu, May 5, 2016 at 1:38 pm EST
FAQ

Cloudpanda offers automatic backup as an option on compute instances. Backups are extremely important for mission critical systems and the Cloudpanda backup system adds data-protection with one easy-to-manage feature. This article details some of the highlights of using Cloudpanda automatic backups with your cloud servers.

Overview

  • Backups are stored in the same datacenter as the original instance on a separate, fault tolerant storage system.
  • Automatic backups can be configured to run daily, weekly, or monthly.
  • The time of day, day of week/month that the backup occurs is configurable.
  • You can only restore snapshots of the entire server, not individual files.
  • Your two most recent backups are stored by Cloudpanda. Older backups are rotated out after each scheduled interval.

Pricing

An instance with automatic backups enabled will have a 20% higher base monthly/hourly fee.

Configuring Backups

Automatic backup settings can be managed through the Cloudpanda control panel. Once you log into your account, visit the server's management area and click on the "Backups" tab.

Configuring Backups via API

The Cloudpanda API offers backup functions in the Server Section to enable, disable, and manage backup settings for your servers.

Limitations

Automatic backups take regular snapshots of your active file system. Since we do not stop your server to take a snapshot, booting from a backup is similar to rebooting after a non-graceful restart of your server.

While modern file systems and databases handle this scenario extremely well, you may want to take additional measures to guarantee a consistent state of your data when running very active and write intensive database-type systems. For example, with MySQL you can setup a cron to run mysqldump to separate directory on the local file system.

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