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For small data volumes, MongoDB Inc. will actually back things up for you for $2.50/GB/mo storage (free bandwidth), and it's a live backup with multiple historical versions (an agent on your database machine tails the oplog, so you're at most a couple seconds out of date). And their free monitoring tier is great alongside it. I'm truly surprised that they don't sell it harder; it took me years of using Mongo before I knew this service existed.


If you're also hosting your data with them though, it's not a complete backup solution. You're still subject to essentially a single point of failure: if they are hacked, or suspend your account, get a DMCA notice against you, or are shut down by the SEC[1], both your live database and backups are subject to loss.

You still need to do external backups. You may have a lot of trust in the provider and these less frequently, but you should still do them.

[1] Had this happen to me once in the early 2000's: company I worked for had a dedicated server at a colo facility. After several days of them not responding to phone/email/etc, their answering machine was changed to a message saying the SEC had seized all assets and had all the owners 'under investigation' or something like that. We had external backups, but immediately took the latest stuff and got everything migrated to a new system in a new facility. Server stayed up for a few weeks after that, but then suddenly their whole IP space went offline. We never did get our server back.

I used to use Cloud Manager until they started charging a fee of I think $99 per server per month. I pay $150 for my hardware per month, so I stopped using their backup and monitoring tools.

Other than the cost, I recommend it for people who can afford it. Wonderful service that I was happy with for a long time.

Did the same, switched to Ansible for the Mongo deploy/management, and just use the free monitoring part of Cloud Manager.

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