Daily\hourly backups

March 31, 2017 7.6k views
Backups CentOS

Hi guys,

Does anybody know if Digital ocean can provide storage for backups? Weekly backups looks really strange for dynamic projects.


7 Answers

Hey, guys,

I know I'm a bit late to the party, but I can see BackupSheep has posted a link to there services.

We also provide a service dedicated to Digital Ocean that allows between hourly to daily backups of droplets and volumes with archiving of daily, weekly and monthly snapshots.


I've had some success backing MySql data.

I've set up automysqlbackup for data. Its super easy to get started. It does daily/weekly/monthly backups out of the box. I'm sure you can configure hourly backups as well.

apt-get install automysqlbackup

I then added a small storage volume to my droplet and symlinked the backup folder to that other device so I'm not actually storing the backups on the same device.

ln /mnt/backup-volume/var/lib/automysqlbackup /var/lib/automysqlbackup

Alternatively you could set up some storage with another service, e.g. Amazon S3 and rsync your backup folder to there so you aren't relying on a single vendor.

Haven't yet sorted out an easy solution for other data.

You can take snapshots instead of using the backup feature. Then you have full control of when you want the "backup".


You're able to generate your own backups using either Snapshots, or running you own server-side.

Snapshots generate full-state backups, meaning they take a snapshot of the entire server, thus they are meant to restore the entire server, including the OS, software, services and data. They function as an image and you can't restore anything specific -- it's all or nothing.

If you specifically need data backups -- content, uploads, databases, etc -- and you don't need a full image backup of the entire server, you'd need to generate the backups on your own as DigitalOcean doesn't provide the means for hourly/daily/weekly/monthly backups in this fashion just yet.

You can try our service to schedule upto minute backups. https://backupsheep.com/

are the backups quiesced, (consistent)?
For example if we were running a cpanel server with databases and accounts, VMWare has quiesced backup so it is in a consistent state, whereas some other backups are just snapshots and not consistent.

As I see some other solutions have been posted here, I'll share the one I've been working on too.

We've been working on a solution for backing up your projects while keeping things super simple and quick to setup.

We've recently added a Zapier integration allowing you to trigger the backups from where you want and when you want.
You can find the documentation on how to do this here:


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