Better Disaster Recovery

Martin Owens doctormo at
Fri Sep 14 18:07:54 UTC 2007

I have some ideas I can put forwards with regard to backups on linux
enterprise networks I envisage the following:

 * Avahi based service which lets all computers on the network know
there is a backup system or systems in place.
 * Ability to boot from the same or different machine via network or
CD to quickly restore one of the machines using the backup system on
the network.
 * An encrypted sign key would keep each machines personal data secure
on the backup machine and it would be something you would put in when
requesting a restore.
 * The backup system it's self would be just a big storage machine
with optional networking, tape and optical media to handle getting the
data off-site.
 * Some simple integration tools allow the same backup client software
to run on windows and mac would be required for now since there are
quite a lot of mixed networks; although we can safely say the server
would be ubuntu based (or any linux generic I guess)

As soon as you take the burden of configuring the backup machine away
from the client by using Avahi I think you could set up extremely easy
to use network backup systems for small and medium sized enterprises
or large home networks. I personally know one home user who could
benefit from such a system.

Best Regards, Martin Owens

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