Open Source Backup Software Posted on: January 30, 2008 By Deepak Kumar
BackupPC is a high-performance, enterprise-grade system for backing up Linux and WinXX PCs and laptops to a server's disk.
Open Source Backup Software
Source Backup Pc BackupPC is a high-performance, enterprise-grade system for backing up Linux and WinXX PCs and laptops to a server's disk. BackupPC is highly configurable and easy to install and maintain.
Given the ever decreasing cost of disks and raid systems, it is now practical and cost effective to backup a large number of machines onto a server's local disk or network storage. This is what BackupPC does. For some sites, this might be the complete backup solution. For other sites, additional permanent archives could be created by periodically backing up the server to tape. A variety of Open Source systems are available for doing backup to tape.
BackupPC is written in Perl and extracts backup data via SMB using Samba, tar over ssh/rsh/nfs, or rsync. It is robust, reliable, well documented and freely available as Open Source on SourceForge.
Open Source Backup and Archiving Project
This was a mixed Thanksgiving weekend for open source communities. We had a renewed PR onslaught from proprietary software vendors ("Linux is anti-commercial") and even hardball
politics. Amanda is the world's most popular open source Bac
kup and Archiving software. Amanda allows system administrators to set up a single backup server to back up multiple hosts to a tape- or disk-based storage system. Amanda uses native dump and/or GNU tar facilities and can back up a large number of workstations running various versions of Linux, Unix, OS X or Microsoft Windows operating systems.
Amanda's developer and user community can easily be characterized as modest and understated. But given tens of thousands of systems being protected by Amanda, hundreds of thousands of downloads of the software and inclusion in every major distribution it is hard not to notice her.
Freeware and Open Source Software Creating freeware and dabbling with the commercial side of things is always difficult if you want to abide by the law and be productive before there's any sign of extra income. Home users also feel the pinch when faced with the prospect of forking out hundreds of dollars for an applications suite when all they want to do is formulate the rare complaint to the council, do a quick budget, or brighten that dark
photo. We'd never consider going out to buy a writing set worth hundreds of dollars to write nice quality letters; the old chewed biro and a bit of lined paper will suffice.
Well, enter free and open-source software. From your point of view as a user, you can have much the same thing as those fancy expensive software packages without spending a cent.
Open Source Backup and Recovery Software Amanda protects thousands of production servers running various versions of Linux, UNIX, Mac OS-X and Microsoft Windows operating systems worldwide.
The key reasons for wide adoption of Amanda are:
* Amanda simplifies the life of a System Administrator who can easily set up a single server to back up multiple networked clients to a tape- or disk-based storage system.
* Amanda is well documented and can be setup very rapidly.
* Amanda provides the unique capability of writing backups to tape and disk simultaneously. The very same data could be available on-line for quick restores from disk and off-site for disaster recovery and long term retention.
* Since Amanda does not use proprietary device drivers, any device supported by an operating system works well with Amanda. The System Administrator does not have to worry about breaking support for a device when upgrading Amanda.
Open source backup gets more support
Startup Zmanda Inc. came out of stealth this week with the launch of an open source backup product based on the Amanda open source backup and recovery software.
According to users and industry experts, the features and support Zmanda has added to the package could be appealing to highly cost-conscious but less technically advanced users at the low end of the market. These users are currently caught between writing their own shell scripts and using freeware or enterprise-level backup software they can't afford to buy or manage.
The Zmanda Network with Amanda Enterprise Edition software is based on the Amanda standard developed at the University of Maryland over a decade ago. Zmanda has developed it from its original incarnation to support Windows machines, added security features, brought it up to date with support for new applications, improved its scalability and added a management GUI.
The Open Source Backup Software Amanda is the world's most popular open source backup and recovery software. Amanda allows system administrators to set up a single server to back up multiple hosts to a tape- or disk-based storage system over the network. It uses native dump and/or GNU tar facilities and can back up a large number of workstations or servers running various versions of Linux, Unix, Mac OS-X or Microsoft Windows operating systems. On March 23rd, 2006, the Amanda team released a major version (2.5) of the software. Overall the focus of the release is on security of the backup process & backed up data, scalability of the backup process and ease of installation & configuration of Amanda.
Recently security of the backup process has been a hotly discussed topic. Encryption of data across the network as well as while being stored on backup media is critical for privacy concerns and compliance requirements.
Open source backup grows up
Having effective backups are a critical part of any business, but the open source community was for a long time ignored. It's only in recent years that we've had tools and extensions that allow backup of Linux software - I've been using the backup client for Retrospect from Dantz now part of EMC for years.
But what about open source backup tools for open, and proprietary, platforms. There have been many bubbling under, although I doubt I will be the only to admit having used tar, cpio or rsync for years on their Unix systems. In fact, I've been using a variation of the same backup script now for about 12 years. Others probably use ufsdump or similar for their backups - a tool that has been part of Unix for many many years, but it is hardly an effective solution for very large systems.
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