Cloud SQL is not great

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  • pgBackRest

    Reliable PostgreSQL Backup & Restore

    Backups are limited. These days, pgbackrest is the go-to backup solution for PostgreSQL, and having used it I am very impressed so far. It provides full backups, differential, and incremental, as well as archiving of WAL segments for point in time recovery. It allows great flexibility in schedules and destinations for backups, how long to keep backups for, how many full backups. For example, you can have backups made to a local disk, and other backups to an external S3-compatible bucket, each with their own settings and schedules (e.g., scheduled via cron).

  • pgx

    Build Postgres Extensions with Rust! (by tcdi)

    Now we move to some of the other reasons why I lean away from managed databases overall. The first (but not most important) on the list is extensions. As part of my recent efforts to master my craft, including databases, I've become interested in the possibilities of extending the database. That includes using third party extensions, as well as developing my own. This is a theoretical criticism for now, as I have not yet had a need for this, but I can definitely foresee it as a possibility.

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