"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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