Navicat backup is an integrated function of Navicat, a commercial tool with a bright and somewhat irritant graphical interface, designed to manage and administer different SQL databases including MySQL, MariaDB, MS SQL Server, Oracle, PostgreSQL and SQLite.
To complete your set of instruments for an effective SQL database management, we recommend adding a perfect SQL backup software, such as Handy Backup, to Navicat.
Unlike some scripts and solutions, Navicat is not a freeware. It has a heavy price tag, starting, for example, from $349 for Oracle and MySQL solutions. Therefore, a Navicat database backup is not a free addition to your SQL management functions when you are using Navicat.
It is a strictly manual process, just as for phpMyAdmin utility. No methods to execute Navicat auto backup are existed. When performing backup, Navicat can “lock” a database (a sort of “cold” backup) or use it in “unlocked” state, with a risk for losing some transactions.
Due to brighter and smarter GUI, Navicat can simplify the administering of a database, compared to more popular phpMyAdmin utility. It can be described as a solution roughly equal to HeidiSQL by most parameters (excluding, of course, the heavy price tag).
Navicat has a manual backup tool. It can save any database (with a compression if a user needs it), marking a backup copy with some comments. For InnoDB data storage engine, an option of single-file backup is also available.
By contrast, Handy Backup has a set of automated backup instruments for any database existed. Priced at $249 for a whole toolkit (compared with a $349 for Navicat capable to back up databases, but no other data!), it allows saving much money when matters touch a database backup.
In addition to a lighter price tag and many backup functions in a single package, Handy Backup provides some other features and options making a database backup process simple and comfortable. Let us briefly describe a couple of these options:
All these functions allow creating and maintaining backup strategy for local and remote databases of any type, as well as for any other information like virtual machine arrays or data server FTP directories. User can control the program via the clear, comprehensible graphical interface.
For a convenience, we are shortly describing other popular database managing solution, compared with Navicat in terms of pros and cons. In addition, for obvious reasons we are also mentioning any backup capabilities of each tool here.
A popular database-administering tool, phpMyAdmin is often included as a part of cPanel interface for many websites and remote database services powered on MySQL.
This program is also freeware. Among the capabilities of HeidiSQL are managing MySQL and its forks (MariaDB and Percona), PostgreSQL and MS SQL.
Working with MySQL, this utility lacks almost any flaw typical for other DB administering utility. It has some instruments automating the data-managing process. It has a free “community” edition and a more capable “standard” edition requiring an annual fee.
A price tag for Navicat is heavier than for any other instrument listed here. In addition, a fancy GUI and an absence of automation can make Navicat somehow difficult to use on a daily basis. Therefore, we recommend administering data with Navicat but backing up using Handy Backup!
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