The backup selection refers to the files, databases and other data that are included and excluded from backups. The video below explains the different backup selection options.
Quality data ensures fast backups and restores, as well as reasonable on-disk storage. Low-quality data, on the other hand, is difficult to patch, which leads to slow backups and restores, with higher (i.e. more expensive) on-disk storage and bandwidth usage challenges.
We recommend adhering to the following backup selection best practices to maintain high data quality:
- Avoid including corrupted files in the backup selection.
- Avoid backing up already compressed files, or creating new compressed files from the same data sources.
- Avoid backing up databases in flat-file format.
- Avoid backing up data in encrypted format if the data changes daily.
- Wherever possible, use the same file names and locations for each backup or database dump.