You manage backups and recover data using Data Director snapshot backups, external backups, and point-in-time recovery.

External backups are full copies of the database saved to a datastore separate from the database. This section describes the pros and cons of using external backups.

Snapshot backups capture the changes to the database after the snapshot is taken. Snapshots initially use less storage than external backup files and take just a few minutes regardless of database size.

If point-in-time recovery (PITR) is enabled, a write-ahead log (WAL) continuously records every change made to the database while the database is running. In the event of a failure, you can replay the WAL to restore the database to its state at a point in time within the retention period of the database backups.