With continuos I mean short-intervals, i.e. every 15 minutes for example. I'm not interested in where to store the backups, just what the most elegant solution is... I'd like to avoid running mysqldump via cron every 15 minutes.... So here is what I thought about, just need some feedback if that is doable and makes sense... Use a copy-script to copy /var/lib/mysql into a specific backup folder. What happens there (i.e. dedup, compression, upload to S3) isn't important, I just need to know if this is feasible or if file-based mysql backup like this isn't safe? Anyone else doing short-interval mysql backups care to share your methods?