[nycbug-talk] off site backup

Josh McCormack joshmccormack
Fri Oct 28 22:07:30 EDT 2005

After having a client recently cut off from his shared hosting account 
for days (yes, days...ugh), and having to set it up with difficulty 
elsewhere (the database was the truly fun part) I've decided I'm going 
to setup boxbackup (http://www.fluffy.co.uk/boxbackup/) so I can have a 
copy of sites ready to go with a flip of DNS. I can save versions, too, 
if I want.

If it works out well I might offer it as a service.


George Georgalis wrote:

> What are people doing for off site backup? I know there is a lot
> of options, my only requirement is to mitigate risk, which is
> kinda vague. There is about 60Gb which may double in a year.  It
> would be desirable to have on line access to the older data.
> Typically I do frequent rsync with hardlinks into dated folders on
> HD, so local snapshots are available at the site.
> This data is highly private, so that must be part of the formula.
> I was thinking of a system similar to the local backups, doing a
> pull from a colo machine; and at the same time making cd/dvd or
> tapes at the main site which would go into a (bank) safe deposit
> box or some other facility.
> My tendency is to think an off site raid mirror functioning as a
> copy of the local raid mirror snapshots is pretty comprehensive.
> It is difficult for me to focus on the benefits of dated tape, hd,
> or cd/dvd in a storage facility. What is the real benefit of that?
> Very quick disaster recovery is not necessary, but 3 days would
> defiantly be better than a week to recover.  How do I find the
> sweet spot of medium, interval and rotation? Is off line medium
> really necessary here?
> // George

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