UpCloud offers two methods of taking backups of your cloud servers – instant, On Demand Backups, and automated, Scheduled Backups. Both of these are configured on per server basis at your UpCloud Control Panel in the Server settings under Backups tab.
On Demand Backups
It is recommended to take a backup of your cloud server before operating on any crucial systems or services. This way you will have an option to revert possible unwanted changes. The simplest way of taking backups of your storage disks is to use the On Demand Backups option.
Taking a manual backup of your server is easy and happens in a flash.
- First, select the disks you wish to backup.
- Then click the Take a backup button below.
Once the process is complete a new backup listing will appear at the bottom of the page. Backups will show the time and date of when it was made, what storage disk it is from, and whether it was done manually or by a schedule.
If you are often making changes to your cloud server or for example have a constantly updated database, consider configuring scheduled 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 server.
Turn on automated backups by doing the following:
- Select Enabled from the first menu.
- Select the storage resources that should be backed up each time.
- Choose how often the backups should be taken, either once every day or once a week on a specific day of the week.
- Specify the time of the day when to make the backup
- Set the duration of how long the backups should be kept.
- And finally, click the Save changes button to confirm.
Be sure to select an appropriate schedule for the automatic deletion to prevent the feature from keeping unnecessary backups of the same data. As all storage, each backup is priced by the size of the disk, so optimizing the backup retention can help to save on costs. See more about the backup pricing below.
Restoring from a backup
Backups are nice to have, however they would be useless without an easy way to restore backups. Fortunately, a storage disk can be restored from a backup with a couple of steps at the Server settings under Backups tab. Check out the thorough guide for Restoring Backups including methods of complete disk restore, or bringing back single files on both Linux and Windows environments.
Backup storage pricing
The pricing for backups is calculated similarly to all other storage. Each backup is a carbon copy of the disk it was taken from including the size, and priced accordingly at $0.056 per GB of storage per month. We recommend configuring Scheduled Backups with a short retention time for the most cost effective solution.
You can find the full details at our pricing page.