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Head to the Cloud for Storage with Linux and DRDB

Sep 18, 2009, 12:06 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Charlie Schluting)

[ Thanks to Michael Hall for this link. ]

"Running a Linux image in the cloud means you have access to implement whatever type of backup strategy you like. The most simple, brute force method, is to create a volume of a few hundred gigabytes, and simply copy files to it. You can also copy disk images, database backup dumps, and anything else that falls outside the traditional category of "file copy.

"Many backup programs, especially open source ones, support disk-based backups. You can simply point a backup program at a remote volume with SSH access, and it will treat it as its backup volume. If you're implementing a quick-and-dirty backup solution for the first time, tools like rsync are wonderful. Simply rsync a directory every hour via a cron job, and it will copy only the data that has changed. Many forms of rsync backup scripts exist, posted to various Internet forums and newsgroups, ranging from simple to extremely complex."

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