Backing Up Managed DB instances

Starting to use the MySQL Managed DB cluster, and while Linode does daily backups, I'd like to have more control over the backups.

I know I can use mysqldump and pull the whole database onto another machine, but that seems rather inefficient. I'm starting to look into Percona XtraBackup, but it seems that it requires access to the data directory, which (I believe) we don't have on the managed db hosts.

What are others doing for more frequent, and incremental backups on their managed databases?

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