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What is a database backup (back to the basics)

By Franck Pachot

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TL;DR:

  • do not consider a dump (like PostgreSQL pg_dump or Oracle expdp) as a database backup
  • do not consider that your backup is successful if you didn’t test recovery
  • databases provide physical database backups, easy and safe to restore and recover to any point-in-time between first backup and point of failure
  • managed databases provide an easy recovery interface, but don’t trust it before you try it
  • and…

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I’ve written this after reading “We deleted the production database by accident </p />
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