Database Backup Software to Take DB Snapshots in Windows and Linux
Database backup plays one of the most important roles in business disaster recovery plans. It provides confidence that in case of any problems with servers, no data will be lost, and recovery time will be reduced to the minimum. While there are many approaches to improving server availability (clustering, replication, partitioning, and other), none of them protect data from SQL injections and user mistakes, and therefore cannot replace backups.
Creation of valid database snapshots is probably the most complicated type of backup. In most cases it can’t be made by simple copying of the DBMS files, and requires you to use the database’s APIs to export its data. Handy Backup™ is a professional software that lets you back up and restore databases of different types (see a list of supported databases below). We welcome you to download and try the utility right now!
List of Supported Databases
Our software has an advanced modular architecture in which access to data is provided by plug-ins of different types. There are five database-specific plug-ins and one general plug-in suitable for all ODBC-compatible databases.
To make use of the database backup plug-ins, you need the Small Server edition of our software. You can try it for 30 days for free!
Cold and Hot Database Backup
There are two principal approaches to backing up databases:
All database backup plug-ins in Handy Backup are designed to retrieve data without interrupting database services, i.e. perform hot backup. The program can be used on both physical and virtual servers, and all operations can be scheduled to run daily, weekly, monthly, or in your own period of time. Schedule backups, enable e-mail notifications – and always know that your data is adequately protected.
To learn about other features of our software and for instructions on planning database backups, please see Database Backup Features.
Backup vs. Replication vs. Clustering
Replication enables you to distribute the database across several servers and assign each server its own role, so that one server interacts with applications in a common way, while the others are used as read-only copies. Failure of one server doesn’t cause complete loss of service of your applications, and at any time you can reconfigure a Slave Server to act as a Master and vice versa.
Though replication configuration provides higher uptime and accessibility of your databases, it cannot be considered a replacement for backups. If your Master database accidentally gets corrupted (due to an SQL injection or a user mistake), all the changes will be automatically replicated to Slave databases. Sometimes you can react fast and stop the replication procedure (which doesn’t require being made synchronously), and then use your Slave as a backup, but in most cases it is too late.
The same is true for clustering configuration where multiple servers (SQL nodes) act as one, without any specific roles. Clusters are usually based on distributed storage engines in which failure of any node doesn’t result in any loss of data. Unlike replication configuration, they don’t allow for long-distance database distribution, but provide higher I/O speed and better response times.
As a general rule, it is always recommended to take the best of both worlds, and combine replication or clustering configuration and database backups.
There are two business editions of Handy Backup, both come with a full line of database backup plug-ins:
To back up databases, try Small Server or Network Server editions. Free trial!
You can find pricing information on these and other editions in the Order section.
In the next video you can see an example of database backup made with the MySQL Backup plug-in.
Note: To follow the instructions in the above video, you need to download our software.
Handy Backup for Hosting Providers
We are a very open company, and look forward to partnership opportunities with businesses from all fields of IT, including OEM, service providers, integrators, and other. Our solutions are already used by several web hosting providers who use it to back up databases of their clients. If you would like to join our partner network, or discuss details of potential co-operation, please refer to the Partners section.
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