Daily backups will no longer be performed on the ElephantSQL free instance (Tiny Turtle). It’s still possible to create backups on demand and to use the API to create a backup. This action will heavily decrease the load, and therefore increase the reliability of shared plans at ElephantSQL. Please note: Only databases on the free plan will be affected by this limitation.
We’re happy that a lot of customers are using our free ElephantSQL plan Tiny Turtle, and we have seen a huge increase in the number of created instances. Though, performing daily backups for every created instance becomes a time-consuming task when there are thousands of databases to backup. And especially since a lot of the created instances on our free clusters are used only for testing. We have therefore decided to remove daily backups from our free instances.
Please note: The backups are still running as previously for all paying customers.
Daily backups will not be created starting on Wednesday (2019-11-27). It is still possible to run on-demand backups from the ElephantSQL control panel. In the event of a hardware failure, it is still possible to restore the state of the database, since we are still running base backups and WAL streams.
How do I perform backups from the ElephantSQL API?
More information on how to perform backups from you ElephantSQL API can be found here: https://docs.elephantsql.com/elephantsql_api.html#backups
Let us know if you have any question!
The ElephantSQL team