All Mammoth Cloud customers receive one free backup, created weekly.
Additional backups are available on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis at a cost of 10c per GB of storage - so an additional backup on a 10GB plan is $1.00 per backup per month.
The backups are stored on-site on separate, dedicated storage. Backups may optionally be sent to Amazon's S3 facility for an additional fee.
How it works
Unlike some other solutions that simply provide you with a few GB of FTP space and require you to manage backups yourself, Mammoth's backups are of your entire VPS disk and happen completely automatically.
These backups are taken without impact to your VPS - your cloud server will remain online while the backup takes place and its performance is not affected.
If you accidentally delete all your data, botch an upgrade, or anything else goes wrong with your server you can perform a disk restore from within our management panel. This will result in your hard disk being reset to the state it was in at the time the backup was created.
The day and time your backups are taken can be configured within mPanel; customers also have the option to immediately create a backup. This is a good idea before undertaking a complex change like an operating system upgrade in case you need to rollback the change.
Where backups are stored
Your VPS backup is stored on a separate, dedicated storage device within the same data centre as your server. This protects you against accidental deletion on your own behalf, along with providing us with a means of disaster recovery in the unlikely event that we experience a RAID failure.
It does not prevent against potential data loss in the unlikely event of damage to the datacentre itself such as flooding or fire.
Recovering individual files
At times you may accidentally delete individual files or directories that you later find you need; or perhaps someone has overwritten a file and you want the previous version of it.
Instead of restoring the entire disk from backup, customers may instead opt to attach a backup to their server. This facility results in a second hard-disk being available within your VPS with all the files and directories in the same state as when your backup was taken.
To recover one or more files, just browse through the second hard disk's contents and copy the data you require onto your primary disk.
Cloning a VPS
When setting up a High Availability solution, it can be tedious to repeat an identical setup procedure on two VPS. In this situation, our VPS cloning solution can be utilised to copy the hard-disk contents of the VPS you have already configured, onto the second VPS.
Once the cloning process is complete, you will have two completely identical VPS - right down to the assigned IP address and hostname. Log in to the clone VPS with Rescue Console and assign the correct hostname and IP address, before performing any other individualization necessary.
Cloning can also be used for testing large changes without modifying your production server or for creating a separate staging environment from your existing server.