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In a recent support case, I came across a customer who used a clever way to create streaming replication base backups–by taking a Google Cloud instance and cloning it. With the proliferation of cloud computing, it’s very convenient to be able to create a block-level clone of a VM within minutes or even seconds, and it would be much faster than any program like scp or rsync. They had found it to be faster than pg_basebackup for sure, on the order of several […]

Virtual machines are by far the most prevalent deployment model for data centers – close to 99%. What was once a revolutionary idea has transformed into the best practice standard for data center deployments. Virtualization has evolved into a very well established and understood technology that is also extremely robust and reliable. And, the largest growth in cloud deployment today is in fact still in virtual machines. But that is about to change. Today’s great interest in containers is impossible to ignore, for […]