[ubuntu-za] Home backup solution (suggestions)

percy langa percylanga at gmail.com
Fri Oct 7 09:23:40 UTC 2011

On Fri, Oct 7, 2011 at 11:00 AM, Peter Nel <fourdots at gmail.com> wrote:

> On Fri, Oct 7, 2011 at 10:10 AM, percy langa <percylanga at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Shot mate.
>> Btw, the whole online (cloud) backup and storage kinda freaks me out :)
>> Maybe Im just old-school and a lil paranoid.
>> Cheers!
>> Percy
> No man, don't be.
> Cloud is just a buzzword for running your server(s) on virtualized hardware
> in stead of a physical machine with fixed CPU, memory, storage - this means
> you can scale your server up or down dynamically based on your requirements
> (i.e. more cpu, more memory.. or less, on-the-fly). Your cloud-based
> (virtual) server is usually "carved" out of a pool of resources, like
> processors, RAM, and storage that exists in some underlying physical cluster
> of machines. The beauty of it is that cloud service providers usually take
> care of all that stuff for you, and you just specify the specs of the
> machine you want, and they give it to you. After that, it behaves like a
> regular machine, for instance you can install ubuntu server (or any other
> OS) on it, then e.g. ssh into it (it gets an IP address & domain name, on a
> virtual network interface obviously), do offline backups to it, run a
> web-server, or whatever you want.
> Providers usually offer different types of services, for instance
> storage-centric, process-centric, and so on.

This is great info :)

Online (/off-site) backups IS old school dude :-) "cloud" is just what old
> school was aiming for. lol, maybe.


> If you're paranoid, you can always build your own cloud in your own
> network, on a single/multiple PCs using opensource tools like OpenStack (
> http://www.openstack.org/ - on which the upcoming Ubuntu Server 11.10
> (Oneiric)'s cloud system is based), or Eucalyptus (
> http://open.eucalyptus.com/ - on which the current Ubuntu Server 11.04
> (Natty)'s cloud system is based) - perhaps Ubuntu Server can give you
> cloud capabilities by itself; I haven't looked into it (see
> http://www.ubuntu.com/business/cloud/overview).
> http://www.google.co.za/search?client=ubuntu&channel=cs&ie=UTF-8&q=create+your+own+open+source+cloud
> On the other hand, that would be an extremely geeky personal project.
> (oops, got a little carried away there.)
> Perhaps start with an old crappy spare machine on your LAN running a simple
> single instance Ubuntu server (or if you really want, ubuntu desktop - which
> contains a lot of stuff you don't need on a server), that receives your
> scheduled "off-site" backups, and perhaps also serves as a file server or
> something (or router/gateway/firewall/switch/proxy server/mail server/web
> server/... Error:scaling required! lol)

Yep, #scaling error :)

Tell you what, I have an old PC which would be perfect for this.

> If that's too much, perhaps an external USB hard drive would suffice?

This seems to be the default, hassle-free way :)

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