MySQL Backup Hub

MySQL is one of the most popular relational database management systems in the world. The RDBMS is known to be one of the best choices when developing in PHP, Perl or Python. Taking backups of your MySQL databases is one of the primary ways to ensure that your database stays in shape whatever happens.

Why Do You Need MySQL?

Here are some key highlights about the RDBMS:


  • MySQL is free as it is licensed under an open source license.
  • MySQL supports a wide variety of operating systems and popular languages. Some of the languages that MySQL can be used with include PHP, C, C++, Python and Java.
  • MySQL can be used for large data sets. Your table can have tens of millions of rows.
  • MySQL can be customised to fit the developer’s environment requirements as it is released under an open source license.

MySQL Backup Methods

Physical MySQL backups contain directories and files storing database contents and is ideal for larger data sets. Physical backups are faster because it does a file copy and there is no conversion involved during the backup process. Like logical backups, there are two known methods to take MySQL physical backups – Percona xtrabackup tool or snapshots. Percona xtrabackup creates backup by copying the data files physically from one volume to another location. Learn more about backup methods in the blog MySQL Backup and Restore Best Practices.

Automated MySQL Backup Management

Automated backup management tools or services allows you to create physical and logical backups easily in an automated way. The features may differ based on individual tools or services. Common features for automated backup management tools include backup scheduling, monitoring and restoration.

  • Cost-effectiveness – automated backup management tools no longer require you to invest hours into a resource.
  • Reduces repetitive administrative tasks – scheduling, monitoring backups.
  • Enhanced security – automated backup management tools are architectured with advanced encryption algorithms for better data protection. These tools also include access authorization to avoid human intervention in the backup process.

Zmanda Recovery Manager, Backup Ninja and  MySQL Enterprise Backup tool are some examples of automated backup tools that can help you create and restore backups in an efficient way.