Free/inexpensive SQL backup tool, with built in Amazon S3

I was browsing recently for a simple tool that would schedule full and differential backups for a dev sql server standard running on AWS, which I think it’s important to note, even the Standard Small (m1.small) will still set you back $0.629/hr.  This I may fork over the money for a reserved instance since I anticipate using it for at least a year.

In any case, I was originally going to send these to Google Drive, for no particular reason other than familiarity and an overall lack of importance/reason (other than economics) to keep this in-house.

I came across SQLBackupAndFTP (http://sqlbackupandftp.com/) and noticed the support for Dropbox and Google Drive so I decided to give it whirl.  Unbeknownst to me, this app also has support for AWS S3 Buckets.  I think it’s important to also mention, the free version only supports FTP, Dropbox, or network folders, the lite version adds support for Google Drive, and the Standard has S3 support.

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For the past two weeks this has worked flawlessly, I have not tried the built in restore functions but I have a sneaking suspicion at some point in the future I will need to restore this DB.

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There is also support for Dropbox, Google drive, FTP, and network drives.

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I opted to purchase the professional version although the standard version for $10 less also supports S3 buckets.

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