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Backup and restore types

You can use several types of database backups and restores to develop your backup strategy.

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Not sure what exactly backup you need? The following diagram helps you decide:

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The following table provides an overview of each type:

Type Version added When to use Supported deployments Percona Server for MongoDB MongoDB Community /Enterprise Edition
Logical
GA
1.0.0 - Selective restore of a specific database or a collection in a cluster (starting with version 2.0.0)
- Resilient to major / minor version changes in MongoDB and can be used for migration
- Both MongoDB and PBM run in Docker
Sharded clusters and non-sharded replica sets Yes Yes
Physical
GA
2.0.0 - Full restore of a very large (e.g. Terabytes of data) dataset to a specific point in time with guaranteed data consistency
- Faster restores compared to logical ones
Sharded clusters and non-sharded replica sets Yes (starting with 4.2.15-16, 4.4.6-8 and higher, 5.0.x, 6.0.x and higher) No
Selective
GA
2.5.0 Restore of the desired subset of data without disrupting the operations of your whole cluster Sharded clusters starting with version 2.0.3. Sharded collections starting with version 2.1.0. Yes Yes
Incremental
GA
2.1.0 (For PSMDB versions 4.2.24-24, 4.4.18-18, 5.0.2-1, 6.0.2-1 and higher) Save on disk space for large backups where the data needs to be frequently backed up Sharded clusters and non-sharded replica sets Yes No
Point-in-time recovery
GA
1.3.0 (logical)
2.0.0 (physical manually)
2.2.0 (physical automated)
Full restore of a database to a specific point in time with guaranteed data consistency Sharded clusters and non-sharded replica sets Yes Yes
Snapshot-based
Tech preview
2.2.0 Restore of a very large data set (e.g. Terabytes of data) with almost immediate access to data. A drawback is no guarantee for data consistency in your cluster Sharded clusters and non-sharded replica sets Yes No

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Last update: June 11, 2024
Created: June 11, 2024