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LinuxStockNews: Linux Backup and Storage (MAY 29, 2000)

May 29, 2000, 11:55 (0 Talkback[s])

"One solution for dealing with the potential loss of information from viruses is to simply backup your data. Certainly, there are a number of people and companies out there that experienced a loss of data from the "LoveBug" virus. Even though Linux users were not affected by the bug, viruses draw attention to the fact that important data cannot be compromised and must be protected. One solution is simple: backup data regularly, verify it and use appropriate backup solutions."

"Although Linux is a stable and powerful operating system, it still requires proper backup devices such as large capacity disk drives and burners for individual users and tape drives or storage area networks (SAN) for larger scale integrated networks and server based environments. Of course, backing up information is essential for data recovery and data conflict resolution; the bigger picture involves day to day data storage and retrieval and the most effective and reliable methods in which to accomplish this."

"...In the past, Linux backup utilities have sometimes been considered insufficient. This has an impact on the decisions of organizations evaluating the use of Linux. Most enterprise users expect automated reporting tools found in multi-platform backup systems and have been looking for the same functionality with Linux. Two years ago, a company might have had to run backups of Linux servers separate from network backups. It was difficult to get the same network backup performance without manual work arounds for Linux servers. Most Linux distributions now come with some form of backup utility; but those utilities generally do not deliver the kind of features that IT managers have come to depend upon in many other operating system environments. Minimum requirements for most organizations include: scheduled backups, volume management and auto-changer support. A series of announcements and developments to provide Linux backup support has begun to alleviate these problems and now Linux is becoming a solid choice for backup vendors."

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