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Taking backups

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The UpCloud control panel offers three methods of taking backups of your cloud servers – easy-to-use Simple backups, custom scheduled Flexible backups, and instant on-demand backups. Each of these is configured on a per-server basis at your UpCloud control panel in the server settings under the Backups tab.

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Simple backups

Simple backup is the easiest way of setting up an expert level backup schedule for any Simple plan cloud server. It the best place to start for configuring a reliable backup method to ensure the safety of your business-critical data.

Get started by going to the Backups tab in the cloud server settings at your UpCloud control panel.

In the first section, you’ll see the options for Simple backups:

  • Week plan with 7 daily backups
  • Month plan with 4 weekly backups + 7 daily backups
  • Year plan with 12 monthly backups + 4 weekly backups + 7 daily backups

Select the plan you wish according to the number of backups and retention period you want.

Next, pick a time of a day for the backup most convenient to your cloud server or use the default.

Then click the Save button to confirm.

Simple backups view

That’s it! The first backup will be taken at the next scheduled time.

If you wish to take a backup immediately, have a look at the section below about on-demand backups.

Flexible backups

If you have multiple storage devices that contain important data with different frequency in changes, consider scheduling Flexible backups. They offer an automated option for keeping a version of your storage just in case you might need to restore a file or even roll back the whole storage device.

Turn on Flexible backups by doing the following:

  • Select the storage disks that should be backed up each time
  • Choose the frequency of the backups, daily or specific day of week
  • Set the time of the day the backup is saved
  • Choose the duration after which the backup is automatically deleted
  • And finally, click the Save button to confirm the changes.

Flexible backups view

Be sure to select an appropriate schedule for the automatic deletion to avoid keeping unnecessary backups of the same data. All storage, including each backup, is priced by the storage size, so optimising the backup retention can help save on costs. See more about the backup pricing below.

On-demand backups

We recommend taking backups of your cloud server before making changes to crucial systems or services. This way you will have an option to revert possible unwanted results if needed. The simplest way of taking backups of your storage disks is to use the on-demand option to take an instant backup.

Taking a manual backup of your server is easy and happens in a flash.

  • First, select the storage devices you wish to backup.
  • Then click the Take backup now button below.

On-demand backups view

Restoring from a backup

Once you’ve backed up any storage device, it can be seen on the backup’s History list. A backup will show the time and date of when it was made, what storage device it is from, and whether it was done manually or by a schedule.

Backup history view

Backups are essential to data safety, however, they would be of little use without an easy way to restore their content. Fortunately, a storage device can be restored from a backup with a couple of steps at the server settings under the Backups tab. Read our guide for restoring backups which including methods of complete storage restore, or bringing back individual files on both Linux and Windows cloud servers.

Backup storage pricing

Simple Backup is priced affordably according to the data retention duration and the monthly cloud server plan price it is safeguarding.

  • Week plan with 7 daily backups a week, +20% of your cloud server plan price.
    For example, only $1 for the $5 Simple plan!
    Additional storage outside the plan $0.05 per GB
  • Month plan with 4 weekly backups retained for a month + 7 daily backups, +40% of your monthly plan price
    For example, $4 for $10 Simple plan!
    Additional storage outside the plan $0.10 per GB
  • Year plan with 12 monthly backups for a year + 7 daily and 4 weekly backups, +60% of your monthly plan price
    For example, just $12 for $20 Simple plan!
    Additional storage outside the plan $0.15 per GB

The pricing for on-demand and Flexible backups is calculated similarly to other storage devices. Each backup is a carbon copy of the storage it was taken from including the size and priced accordingly at $0.06 per GB of storage per month. We recommend scheduling backups either with Simple or Flexible backups for the best safety of your data.

You can find the full detailsĀ on our pricing page.

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8 thoughts on “Taking backups

    1. Thanks for the question, the initial backups are stored at the same location to ensure fast restore but physically separate from your server storage. However, the backups can be manually copied to another location if you wish to further secure your data.

    1. Hi Stephen, thanks for the question. Each backup is a full snapshot of the target storage device. The backup process is incredibly fast and a full backup then allows easy restore if ever needed.

  1. Is it (or will it ever be) possible to compress automatic backups, to avoid paying for as much space?

    1. Hi Kelvin, thanks for the question. There isn’t currently a feature that would enable compressing backups. Each backup is a full snapshot of the storage device but at a lower cost than server storage, $0.06 per GB per month. You can optimise the backup costs by configuring the automatic backup retention time.

  2. Does the backup include live open files held by SQL Server .mdf and .ldf log files?

    Is there any known issues when the system is restored and will these database files become corrupt?

    When the backup runs does it cause a spike in system resources or slowdown or pause?

    Thank you

    1. Hi Steve, thanks for the questions. The backups are full snapshots of the entire storage device including any open files. We’ve not come across any issues of the files getting corrupted in the backup/restore process but it’s, of course, best be cautious with any business-critical data. Setting up redundancy with database replication is a good option to cover all bases. Taking a backup won’t cause slowdowns or spikes in resource usage for your cloud server but we recommend staggering backup schedules if you have multiple cloud servers being backed up nightly.

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