Backups are triggered directly via the management console or via the CLI. The backup creates a complete snapshot of the environment’s data. It includes all persistent data from all running services (MySQL, Solr,…) and any files stored on the mounted volumes. Please note that the snapshot is stored internally and cannot be downloaded.

Code is managed through Git and can be restored using normal Git routines. The built code file system is not affected by backups or restores.

Backups 

You need to have the “admin” role in order to create a backup of an environment.

Backups on Platform.sh Professional are retained for at least 7 days. They will be purged between 7 days and 6 months, at Platform.sh’s discretion. Please see the data retention page for more information.

Using the CLI:

$ platform backup:create

Please be aware that triggering a backup will cause a momentary pause in site availability so that all requests can complete, allowing the backup to be taken against a known consistent state. The total interruption is usually only 15 to 30 seconds and any requests during that time are held temporarily, not dropped.

Backups and downtime 

A backup does cause a momentary pause in service. We recommend running during non-peak hours for your site.

Retention 

Please see our Data Retention Page.

Physical storage location 

Backups are stored on Binary Large OBject (BLOB) storage separate from your cluster (for example, projects on an AWS backed region are stored on S3). Blob storage is replicated over multiple datacenters on different locations - this means that in the rare event of datacenter unavailability, backups will still be available.

In such an event, Platform.sh will move all projects to another datacenter. Disaster recovery backups are also stored on BLOB storage and replicated over multiple datacenters. It is still recommended that you schedule regular backups stored in multiple locations and/or locally alongside this process.

Live backups 

There is an option available to create backups in a “live” state. This flavor leaves the environment running and open to connections, reducing downtime while the backup is taken. With live backups, however, there can be inconsistent states that make restorations less reliable. For this reason Platform.sh recommends instead scheduling automated backups during non-peak hours, when the short amount of downtime will be least noticed.

You can trigger a live backup through the CLI using the --live flag:

$ platform backup:create --live

Automated backups 

Backups are not triggered automatically on Platform.sh Professional.

Backups may be triggered by calling the CLI from an automated system such as Jenkins or another CI service, or by installing the CLI tool into your application container and triggering the backup via cron.

Automated backups using Cron 

We ask that you not schedule a backup task more than once a day to minimize data usage.

Once the CLI is installed in your application container and an API token configured you can add a cron task to run once a day and trigger a backup. The CLI will read the existing environment variables in the container and default to the project and environment it is running on. In most cases such backups are only useful on the master production environment.

A common cron specification for a daily backup on the master environment looks like this:

crons:
    backup:
        spec: '0 5 * * *'
        cmd: |
            if [ "$PLATFORM_BRANCH" = master ]; then
                platform backup:create --yes --no-wait
            fi            

(If you have renamed the default branch from master to something else, modify the above example accordingly.)

The above cron task will run once a day at 5 am (UTC), and, if the current environment is the master branch, it will run platform backup:create on the current project and environment. The --yes flag will skip any user-interaction. The --no-wait flag will cause the command to complete immediately rather than waiting for the backup to complete.

Restore 

You will see the backup in the activity feed of your environment in the Platform.sh management console. You can trigger the restore by clicking on the restore link. You can also restore the backup to a different environment using the CLI.

You can list existing backups with the CLI as follows:

$ platform backups

Finding backups for the environment master
+---------------------+------------+----------------------+
| Created             | % Complete | Backup name          |
+---------------------+------------+----------------------+
| 2015-06-19 17:11:42 | 100        | 2ca4d90639f706283fee |
| 2015-05-28 15:05:42 | 100        | 1a1fbcb9943849706ee6 |
| 2015-05-21 14:38:40 | 100        | 7dbdcdb16f41f9e1c061 |
| 2015-05-20 15:29:58 | 100        | 4997900d2804d5b2fc39 |
| 2015-05-20 13:31:57 | 100        | c1f2c976263bec03a10e |
| 2015-05-19 14:51:18 | 100        | 71051a8fe6ef78bca0eb |

You can then restore a specific backup with the CLI as follows:

$ platform backup:restore 2ca4d90639f706283fee

Or even restore the backup to a different branch with the CLI as follows:

$ platform backup:restore --target=RESTORE_BRANCH 2ca4d90639f706283fee

For this to work, it’s important to act on the active branch on which the backup was taken. Restoring a backup from develop when working on the staging branch is impossible. Switch to the acting branch and set your --target as above snippet mentions.

If no branch already exists, you can specify the parent of the branch that will be created to restore your backup to as follows:

$ platform backup:restore --branch-from=PARENT_BRANCH 2ca4d90639f706283fee

Be aware that the older US and EU regions do not support restoring backups to different environments. If your project is on one of the older regions (us or eu, without a number suffix) you may file a support ticket to ask that a backup be restored to a different environment for you, or migrate your project to one of the new regions that supports this feature. Older regions may not appear in the management console in the same way that newer regions to, so to verify if this caveat applies to you, you can check your project’s region with the CLI command platform project:info -p PROJECT_ID.