New Easy Backup and Restore for Our RDF Graph Database-as-a-Service

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Our fully managed RDF graph-database-as-a-service (DBaaS) running on the S4 platform has just been extended with automated backup capabilities. The S4 platform now takes care of the backup operations and will automatically create once per day a full backup of any database running on S4 (as long as there have been modifications to the data). S4 will also preserve up to three historical backups, which can be used to recover the database to an earlier point-in-time database state.

Of course, developers are free to manually create new backups at any time (for example after major data imports or updates) via the S4 Management Console.

Upcoming DBaaS Features

Various improvements of our RDF DBaaS will be deployed within the next couple of weeks:

  • The upgrade to the newer and faster GraphDB engine v6.4.2 is underway and will be finalised before the end of the business week. As usual, there will be no interruptions of the running database-as-a-service during the upgrade.
  • A full database export functionality will be available, so that developers can instantly get access to the RDF dump for their database.
  • The option to open the database for read-only public access is useful for databases publishing Open Data sets that need to be accessed by 3rd party developers or applications without API keys. Soon this option will be more fine-grained, so that the public/private access is specified on the repository level, instead of on the database level, which will make it possible to store both Open Data and private datasets in the same RDF database.

Final words

With the automated backups maintained by the S4 platform on behalf of the running RDF graph database-as-a-service instances, there’s no need for developers to spend time on such DBA tasks. Everything is taken care of and all the needed resources are automatically provisioned. In case when a developer wishes to restore the DBaaS to an older point-in-time, then this is instantly possible with just a few clicks.

If you haven’t already done so, register for a free developer account for the Self-Service Semantic Suite (S4), take a look at the developer’s documentation, configure your own RDF graph database in the Cloud and start building smart data prototypes with RDF and SPARQL!

For more information, contact Doug Kimball, Chief Marketing Officer at Ontotext