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CloudPlug Wall Wart Backs Up Linux

Apr 16, 2010, 18:03 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Paul Ferrill)

"Let's face it. Most people don't back up their important computer files with any regularity. The time you do think about doing a backup is typically right after you discover your hard drive has crashed. At that point it's too late. The only real way to consistently backup your files is to have it done automatically for you.

"Enter CTERA with their CloudPlug device. If you examine it closely you'll notice that the CloudPlug looks a lot like the little wall wart computer we reviewed a while back. Both devices share the same basic internals consisting of a Marvell SheevaPlug. The CloudPlug adds an eSATA connector for hooking up a big and fast hard drive.

"Simple Setup

"Setting the device up is a breeze. You simply connect the provided Cat5e Ethernet cable to your network switch (Gigabit speeds supported), attach an external hard drive and plug the device into the wall. After that you'll need to go through a few simple setup screens using the Web interface to initialize your hard drive and you're basically done.

"CTERA provides a trial period for their cloud-based backup service to get you hooked on off-site storage. You can sign up for the service when you install the device or not at all if you so choose. The Web interface to the CloudPlug provides access to a long list of additional features including configuring users, determining backup rules and enabling specific services. You'll need to enable the RSync service to allow your Linux clients to connect that way."

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