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March 5, 2020

Database Backups 101: Tips on How to Verify Your Backups

Everyone knows backups are an important part of recovery to minimize downtime but, having multiple backups with errors will not be of any use for any immediate recovery. Backup verification is a process to test...

March 4, 2020

Using MariaDB Flashback on a MySQL Server

MariaDB has introduced a very cool feature called Flashback. Flashback is a feature that will allow instances, databases or tables to be rolled back to an old snapshot. Traditionally, to perform a point-in-time recovery (PITR),...

February 27, 2020

A Comparison of MongoDB Backup Strategies

Database backups are as important as the database itself, especially when ensuring business continuity after a technical hitch that may destroy the database completely. Typically, a backup is just a replication of the database’s contents...

February 26, 2020

How to Protect Your MySQL & MariaDB Database Against Cyberattacks When on a Public Network

It is sometimes inevitable to run MySQL database servers on a public or exposed network. This is a common setup in a shared hosting environment, where a server is configured with multiple services and often...

February 25, 2020

Database Backups 101: What to Report On

There are many tools offering database backup services, it could be on-premises, cloud or even both. Most tools provide some kind of monitoring and reporting services and the differences in the depth of information are...

February 20, 2020

MongoDB Backups: What is mongodump?

Database backup for any organization should be an important undertaking for ensuring business continuity in any case of database catastrophe. Restoration of the operational database is only possible if there is a backup in place....

February 18, 2020

Database Backups 101: When to Delete Your Backups

The volume of data is said to be increasing by the minute and estimated to reach 163 zettabytes (ZB) by 2025. This enormous data growth is contributed to by various devices generating data such as...

February 11, 2020

How Do I Know if My PostgreSQL Backup is Good?

Backups are a must in all Disaster Recovery Plan. It might not always be enough to guarantee an acceptable Recovery Point Objective, but is a good first approach. The problem is what happens if, in...

January 30, 2020

Managing Database Backup Retention Schedules

Attention: Skip reading this blog post if you can afford unlimited storage space.  If you could afford unlimited storage space, you wouldn't have to worry about backup retention at all, since you could store your...

January 27, 2020

A Comparison Between the MySQL Clone Plugin and Xtrabackup

In one of our previous blogs we explained how Clone Plugin, one of new features that showed in MySQL 8.0.17, can be used to rebuild a replication slave. Currently the go-to tool for that, as...

January 23, 2020

Database Backups 101: Database Backup Security Considerations

Data security is important to protect the data in an organisation from unauthorised access, malicious attacks, or phishing activities. The term database security includes the methods taken to protect the security breach from the data...

January 21, 2020

Database Backups 101: Backup Retention Policy Considerations

A data retention policy is a guideline on how to retain, retrieve, or discard data in an organisation. A good, properly scheduled retention plan helps to achieve compliance, control costs, and it can allow you...

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