"One of the jobs of every system administrator is to
organize and perform backups. Whether the target is a single system
or a whole network of servers, performing backups is a crucial
function. Backup systems can be homegrown, freeware, or
commercial software packages. Among the homegrown systems, tar and
cpio are usually relied upon. With some operating systems, such as
Solaris, Linux, and Free/OpenBSD, the operating system comes with
another very useful program: dump (or in the case of Solaris,
ufsdump). However, this still requires the system administrator to
cobble together a backup system."
"In the freeware category, the strongest contender is AMANDA -
the Advanced Maryland Automatic Network Disk Archiver. This
software requires care and consideration when organizing and
installing. In the commercial software category, there are many
products out on the market. These products range from large
packages, such as Alexandria and Legato Networker, to smaller
offerings, such as BRU and Arkeia."
"Arkeia is produced by Knox Software Inc, in Burlingame,
California. The software can be downloaded across the web from
Knox's site, http://www.knox-software.com/. There are two versions
of the software: shareware and professional. The shareware version
is designed to be downloaded by individuals for use in backing up
one's own personal computer. The professional version is designed
for those who need to back up anything from a single system to a
whole network of servers."
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