Cloudera provides multiple mechanisms to allow backup and recovery, including:
– HTable API
– Offline backup of HDFS data
These can be run manually or scheduled using Replication Manager. Backups can also be moved to other instances of the OpDB or alternate storage targets such as AWS S3 or Azure ADLS gen 2.
Even in the Platform-as-a-Service world, there’s still plenty of scope for database administration.