Why do You Need Retention Planning for Backups?

Why do You Need Retention Planning for Backups?

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Lukas Vileikis
06 May 2021

All DBAs should back up the data they have in their database infrastructure - that should come without any questions. As far as backups are concerned, they also need to be planned for - one of the things you should consider is whether you need retention planning or not. Chances are you do - in this blog we will look into that further.

What is Retention Planning and Why do You Need It?

Backup retention is a policy that determines the retention of data. In general, backup retention is a set of guidelines on how to retain, obtain or discard data. Retention planning can be the solution to the disk space problem relating to backups - it can help you retain only the data you need without it consuming all of disk space etc. allowing you to put the disk space to use elsewhere - in general, DBAs and developers do need retention planning because it can be immensely useful when you want to put the “Grandfather - Father - Son” rotation scheme to good use (this scheme is used by many leading backup solutions) - the scheme is common for backup media in which there are three or more backup cycles (for example, daily, weekly and monthly backups)

How can Backup Ninja Help You Achieve Your Backup Goals?

If you’re looking for a tool to help you with backup retention planning or with your backup goals as a whole, Backup Ninja can be a fantastic choice. Backup Ninja is a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solution that you can use to backup world’s most popular open source databases whether you choose to backup them locally or in the cloud.

Backup Ninja can be an amazing partner when performing backup retention planning if you can make use of Backup Ninja’s backup scheduling. Here’s how everything works:

Enter the details of your schedule:


Then select where your backup will be stored - this is the step where you should define your backup retention policy (type, how many days you want to store the backup for etc.):

Backup Storage

Finally, set up your settings and schedule the backup:

Backup Settings


After setting up the settings, schedule the backup and you should be good to go.

Backup Scheduling

You’re pretty much done! Keep in mind that it might be a good idea to keep an eye out on the backup stats - that way you can make sure to get the best out of your Backup Ninja installation. Also keep in mind that on the Backup Ninja’s dashboard you can also see backups based on the retention period set when the backup is scheduled.

Backup Ninja's Dashboard


To summarize, your backup strategy would need retention planning because retention planning is such a policy that allows for the retention of your business-critical data whatever happens. If you’re looking for a reliable partner in your backup journey (this tool is not only limited to retention planning), Backup Ninja can be fantastic! Backup Ninja can certainly help you in your data backup journey - when using it, you can be sure that your data (and therefore, your business) is in good hands.