[clug-talk] Offsite Backup Solutions - What are you doing?
kanderson at digital-adrenaline.com
Wed Jun 27 10:40:25 PDT 2007
I've generally bought a cheap box, and filled it with SATA HDDs.
As others have already said, I use rsync to keep the data current every
I use a mon, tues, wed, thurs, fri1, fri2, fri3, fri4, fri5 HDD, plus
one for the OS, one for recovery/play, and one for month end.
Each month end, I take a HDD offsite and store it in a safety deposit
I do not compress or tar any of the files, so recovery means copy from
the backup server to the production server. Fast, easy, and simple to
verify as working or not. Since each day is on a separate drive, the
loss of a cheap SATA drive does not impact me very much. I just replace
it. I cycle the drives out as they are outgrown, but benerally, they're
too cheap to really care about.
The last server I built was ~2000. You'll want a huge case, and a big
power supply, some 4 port SATA cards, etc. But it's very robust, and
From a tech person's perspective, recovery is easy, but it would be more
difficult from the end user's perspective... Unless... This occurs to
me now, you could offer the nightly backups as read only samba shares
off of the main file server. Then the users could copy their files out,
but not delete them. That would simplify things... Combined with NFS
between the servers, and LDAP, you'd even have permissions kept
consistent so that people could only restore what they had access to...
From: Dave Watkins [mailto:dave at abacustechnologies.ca]
Sent: Wednesday, June 27, 2007 10:15 AM
To: 'CLUG General'
Subject: [clug-talk] Offsite Backup Solutions - What are you doing?
I've just started looking at various offsite backup solutions for a
couple of clients and have been surprised at the pricing offered by some
One provider quoted me $3900.00 to store 15GB of data initially with all
the backups and services I'd like.
Basically, I have 2 clients in particular that would like to have the
1. store data off site
2. incremental backup nightly
3. ability to search/recover previous versions of a specific file 4.
data recovery tool should be relatively simple 5. cost effective
My questions are:
1. What solution are you using presently?
2. What led you to chose that solution?
3. Is your solution a commercial vendor or one you host yourself?
4. What are the costs involved?
a. initial setup
b. monthly charges
c. "incident" fees ie: I need help finding x.
5. Is there an OSS solution that is reliable, robust and easily
administered by the end user?
6. Any other comments/suggestions?
For those of you that would like to remain anonymous you can always
email me directly if you like. I'll compile the results and post them to
the list in a generic format with all the identifiers removed if there
is a desire for such a compilation.
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