DO Ideas 2

Live Snapshots of Block Storage

Especially for database servers, it would be great if we could have live snapshots of block storage volumes. It would provide better backups in the case of failure, allowing quick restoration of the server on another similarly configured droplet. Ideally, if we're also able to have more granular control over the scheduling of the snapshots (e.g. what times/days/frequency) there's more flexibility to it as well (and the snapshots charges could be per snapshot, so with increased frequency there's an increased cost...which is fair considering the extra peace of mind!)

  • Anonymous
  • Sep 11 2018
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  • Sep 11, 2018

    Admin Response

    We just launched support for Block Storage Volume Snapshots. On the drop-down menu list for volumes, there is now a "Take Snapshot" item. Additionally, volumes are now included in the drop-down list for taking snapshots at Finally, API documentation has also been updated to support volume snapshots: Thanks for using Block Storage and keep the feature requests coming - we're always looking for ways to improve the experience.
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  • Cameron Spear commented
    September 11, 2018 16:19

    Block Storage is highly available and redundant. Backups for sake of failure may not be a major concern.

    My concern is more about hacks or other app-created corruption and haven't a point to rollback to is where I think this feature would be most useful (at least for me).

  • Kevin commented
    September 11, 2018 16:19

    Yep the block storage as a great new feature but snapshots would be seriously handy!

  • Ciro commented
    September 11, 2018 16:19

    We need a feature to enable backups at volumes too.