Validated vs standard apps

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There are two types of applications you can bring to Astra Control: validated and standard. Learn the difference between these two categories and the potential impacts on your projects and strategy.

Note It’s tempting to think of these two categories as "supported" and "unsupported." But as you will see, there is no such thing as an "unsupported" app in Astra Control. You can add any app to Astra Control, although validated apps have more infrastructure built around their Astra Control workflows compared to standard apps.

Validated apps

Validated apps for Astra Control include the following:

  • MySQL 8.0.25

  • MariaDB 10.5.9

  • PostgreSQL 11.12

  • Jenkins 2.277.4 LTS and 2.289.1 LTS

The list of validated apps represents applications that Astra Control recognizes. The Astra Control team has analyzed and confirmed these apps to be fully tested to restore. Astra Control executes custom workflows to help ensure application-level consistency of snapshots and backups.

If an app is validated, the Astra Control team has identified and implemented steps that can be taken to quiesce the app before taking a snapshot in order to obtain an application-consistent snapshot. For example, when Astra Control takes a backup of a PostgreSQL database, it first quiesces the database. After the backup is complete, Astra Control restores the database to normal operation.

No matter which type of app you use with Astra Control, always test the backup and restore workflow yourself to ensure that you can meet your disaster recovery requirements.

Standard apps

Other apps, including custom programs, are considered standard apps. You can add and manage standard apps through Astra Control. You can also create basic, crash-consistent snapshots and backups of a standard app. However, these have not been fully tested to restore the app to its original state.

Tip Astra Control itself is not a standard app; it is a "system app." Astra Control itself isn’t shown by default for management. You should not try to manage Astra Control itself.