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Shiv Shankar

Happy morning Kings,

I am delighted to announce that we officially support differential & transaction log backups. These backups are incremental and can be used to restore the database to a specific point in time.

To integrate, you need no changes on your end. Just modify the backup schedule to your preference from the dashboard. Our client sets your database to full recovery mode and automatically takes a full backup on the first run to ensure consistent LSNs.

Other changes include:

  • Support combined scheduling of full, differential, & transaction log backups.
  • Downloaded snapshots now has different file extension based on the backup type.
    • Full .bak
    • Differential .diff
    • Transaction Log .trn
  • Dashboard & SD now display the backup type of the snapshot.
  • Backup Client now backs off for an hour if the job step fails 5 times in a row to avoid exceeding API rate limits.
  • Improved telemetry to troubleshoot backup client issues.
  • Improved crypto speeds.
    • ~53% faster AES 256 encryption & decryption
    • ~40% faster SHA-256 checksum calculation
  • Snapshot Downloader (SD):
    • Migrated to file size based verification for faster integrity checks.
    • Minimized UI overflow glitch when snapshots get added to download list.

Majority of the feature recommendations are from our users, as seen in Roadmap. We are grateful for your feedback and support. As always, we love our users and are committed to making Petti the best backup solution for your business.

One min read
Shiv Shankar

Vanakkam 馃檹,

I am happy to announce that we officially support snapshot sizes up to 1 TB (976 Gib), overcoming our prior support of 5 GB databases. To manage large databases effectively, we are introducing a new Windows application - Snapshot Downloader (SD).

SD is an essential tool for downloading large backups directly on-premise infrastructure. It supports features like parallel downloading, intelligent resuming, fast decryption, and more. All download speeds get amplified by downloading via multiple socket streams.

More on SD will be uncovered in the coming weeks. For now, you can download the latest version from the Downloads page.

Other notable changes include:

  • Downloaded snapshots name now represent backup type & timestamp for better identification.
    • Old Naming: Db_x.bak
    • New Naming: Db_Full_2023-12-06_12-00-00.123__x.bak
  • Petti Client: Migrate to a job-based backup mechanism for superior robustness. The client will now keep the necessary data on the drive until each step of the job is executed successfully. It also eliminates issues caused by disk crashes & poor bandwidth.
  • Improve snapshot download speeds on the browser.

2 min read
Shiv Shankar

Vanakkam 馃檹,

I am excited to announce that Petti 2.0.0 is up! We have implemented the previously requested features in this release because we love to serve our kings A.K.A customers.

  • Support multiple database backups under a single integration: You no longer have to create separate integrations for each database. Now, all of them sit under one roof (integration) making it very easy to manage all db backups.
  • Set backup frequency (Daily, 15 minutes, 30 minutes, Hourly, 2 hours, 4 hours, 6 hours, 8 hours, 12 hours). Frequency change will reflect in less than 2 minutes on the backup agent.
  • Added email alerts for critical updates such as
    • when snapshot fails
    • when the backup agent goes offline
    • when the backup agent comes online
  • Dashboard UI/UX Updates
    • Filter snapshots by database name
    • Allow backup name editing
    • More info on backup
      • Display SQL Server Backup Strategy [ex: Full backup (Copy Only)]
      • Display no. of snapshots
    • More info on snapshot
      • Display database name
      • Display time of snapshot
  • Petti's Windows Client now displays a "Server Not Reachable" warning when the agent is connected but cannot communicate with the backend. Notifying this to our support will speed up in troubleshooting errors.

Happy Tuesday.

Best, Shiv.

One min read
Shiv Shankar

Vanakkam 馃檹,

We added a lot of new changes to better serve our kings.

  • Added support for snapshots up to 5 GB in size.
  • Improved backup download & upload speeds (Now it's 5X faster)
  • Added new 'Timeout' error for backup job. It is useful for identifying unknown snapshot errors in the future.
  • Improved dashboard UI & responsiveness at respective places.
  • Added installation tutorial for MS SQL Windows Server Client.
  • Added integration support for SQL Server 2019 on Windows Server 2016.
  • Added cloud event logging for improved technical support. It can help our engineers view detailed information about failures on your server to better assist in troubleshooting.
  • Postgres integration support (Linux) added to the roadmap.

Have a great day!

Best, Shiv.

One min read
Shiv Shankar

Vanakkam 馃檹,

We added 4 new sections to our website - Documentation, Roadmaps, Downloads, & Changelog.

We value our customers as kings. So, we added these to provide transparency over our previous, active, and future development.

Best, Shiv.