Backups are automatically-created disk images of your Droplet. Enabling backups for your Droplet provides system-level backups at regular intervals, allowing you to easily revert or spin up new instances from a backup image. They’re are a convenient way to back up the disk contents of your Droplets with no configuration required. They ensure that you have a stable copy to fall back on if there is a problem with your server.
Backups are taken once weekly for each Droplet where they’re enabled and are retained for four weeks. If you want a one-time or on-demand image of your Droplet instead of an ongoing backup, you can use a snapshot instead.
You can enable backups for any Droplet, but they may not be ideal for Droplets with a heavy I/O workloads, such as database servers, because disk writes will have degraded performance while the backup snapshot is being created.
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