Linux backup software
Rick Cook

Backing up Linux? There's freeware and commercial software that you can use to make the job easier. This tip gives some starting info. If you have a backup tip, why not send it in?

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While Linux systems can be backed up with scripts and the built-in utilities there are also many commercial and open-source backup programs available. Generally they offer more speed, better user interfaces and features such as virus protection. In addition many of them are designed to handle elaborate multi-server systems.

Some of the products come from well-known software companies such as Legato Systems (, and NovaStor (, which offer backup utilities for many operating systems. Others are from Linux specialists, and a number of these, such as AMANDA (Advanced Maryland Automated Disk Archiver) (, are freeware themselves. To find the best match for your enterprise's needs it is important to look at a broad spectrum of backup solutions.

For most organizations, the feature set and how it matches with the enterprise's goals will be more important than low cost. Although all these products back up Linux systems many of them emphasize different things in their design. Some, such as Arkeia ( are designed to back up multiple machines across a network. Some emphasize compatibility with a number of file systems and operating systems. Some are designed to work with specific systems-management frameworks. The critical question is what is important to your application and finding the best fit.

Rick Cook has been writing about mass storage since the days when the term meant an 80K floppy disk. The computers he learned on used ferrite cores and magnetic drums. For the last twenty years he has been a freelance writer specializing in storage and other computer issues.

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Related Book

Linux File Systems
by Moshe Bar
Online Price: $42.49
Publisher Name: McGraw-Hill
Date published: August 2001
Take full advantage of the new enterprise-class file systems available with the Linux 2.4 kernel. Written by Linux expert Moshe Bar, this book discusses all the important file systems available for Linux, examines their strengths and weaknesses, and explains how to use them effectively. Learn to configure the file systems for secure, efficient data management and increase system throughput significantly by tuning the file systems properly. You'll also get details on how file systems impact applications. This authoritative resource is a must-have for system and network administrators, developers, and capacity planning managers working with Linux.

This was first published in September 2001

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