Managing Storage Space and Deleting Old Snapshots

Skyvia Backup is priced based on your needs of storage space for your backed up data. Backup pricing plans differ only in the storage space provided. That’s why it’s important to correctly determine your storage space needs in order to select correct pricing plan.

For this, you need to know two important things:

  1. Whenever Skyvia Backup makes a snapshot, it’s a full backup — all the data, specified in the backup, is stored. Thus, you need to multiply your data volume by the number of snapshots you plan to store.
  2. Skyvia does not delete old snapshots automatically. When you run out of space, already made snapshots are preserved, but no new snapshots can be made till you free up some space. You will need to periodically clean up old snapshots manually.

So, for example, you want to backup Salesforce data three times a week and always store snapshots for at least 4 weeks. You also plan to clean up old snapshots every 2 weeks. In this case you will need space for 18 snapshots: 3*(4+2). If your Salesforce data take 1 GB for storage, you will need at least 18 GB of storage space.

Monitoring Storage Space Used by Backups

You can find the information how much storage space is used by your backups in two places: on the Subscription tab of your account page, and on the Overview tab of any backup. The account page displays just how many space is used, and how many space is provided by the current pricing plan.

Subscription tab of the Account page

A backup overview includes a visual diagram, displaying, how many space is taken by the current backup, by all of your backups, and how much space your current pricing plan provides.

Overview tab of the Backup Details page

How to Free Up Space

When you need to free your storage space for new snapshots, you can do it either by using the Clean up feature to delete old snapshots of your backup or delete backups — they are deleted with all their snapshots.

When you delete old snapshots, using Clean up functionality, this action is irreversible. If you delete the entire backup, it is placed to Trash, and can be restored from it with its snapshots for two weeks, unless you delete it from the Trash too. After this, it is deleted completely and irreversibly.

Deleting Backups

You can delete a backup either by dragging it to the Trash folder on the left or selecting it in the objects list and clicking the 🗑 Delete to trash button. Or you may open a backup and click the 🗑 button on the title bar.

Deleting Snapshots

You can delete snapshots from the Overview tab of a backup. For this, click the Clean up link in the right part of a pane with the storage space information. Then select, which snapshots you want to delete:

  • All — this option deletes all the snapshots except the latest one, and also all the backup activity records, except the latest ones. Please note that if the latest snapshot failed, this option will only keep this snapshot, and thus, it won’t keep any backed up data at all. As for restore operation, it only keeps the latest restore record in the backup log, and only if it happened later than the latest snapshot.
  • Older Than — it specifies the date, and all the snapshots and backup activity records prior to this date (not including on this date) will be deleted.
  • Between — it specifies dates to delete snapshots and backup activity records between these dates (including on these dates).

Clear Backup History