[nycbug-talk] Remote backup services

Isaac Levy ike at lesmuug.org
Tue Mar 10 12:32:46 EDT 2009

On Mar 4, 2009, at 9:05 AM, Steven Kreuzer wrote:
> On Mar 3, 2009, at 6:43 PM, Raj Goel wrote:
>> Guys,
>> Has anyone figured out how to implement Mozy or Carbonite like
>> backup services using FOSS tools?
>> How would you backup linux, bsd, mac clients?  Windows?
>> Like the idea of wan-based backups, dislike trusting vendors that
>> may cease to exist.
> Thats a pretty open ended question.
> How much infrastructure are you willing to put behind this?
> How reliable do you need it to be?
> How much money are you willing to spend?
> How many clients are you backing up?
> How much storage space do you need?
> --
> Steven Kreuzer
> http://www.exit2shell.com/~skreuzer

Indeed- without knowing your reqs, this is really open-ended...

However, for offsite cumulative backups, this is certainly novel:

ZFS Snapshots to Amazon S3:

Depending on your requirements, instead of actually mounting the  
snapshots remotely, (as in the article), one could script pgp/gpg  
encryption and just dump the snapshot files- pay as you go historical  

This ZFS snapshot method doesn't just apply to S3, of course one could  
script them to shuffle off elsewhere...  (Do the pricing with S3 and  
compare actual use pricing...  If you'll retrieve the data often, the  
S3 scenario could become quite costly...)


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