Data is the backbone of a Company. So, performing backup on regular intervals is one of the vital role of a system administrator. Here is my favourite five backup tools that I use mostly. I won't say these are the best, but these are the backup tools which I considered first when it comes to data backup.
Let me explain some of my preferred backup tools.
BACULA is a power full backup tool . It is easy to use and efficient in recovering of loss data and damaged files in the local system and remotely. It having rich user interface(UI) . It works on different cross platforms like windows, and Mac OS X.
Concerning about BACULA features, I can list the following:
- SD-SD replication.
- Enterprise binaries avaliable for univention.
- Restore performance improved for hard data files.
- Periodic status on running jobs in Director status report.
BACULA has the following components.
- Director - This is the application that supervises the complete bacula.
- Console - It is the communication run with BACULA Director.
- File - Used to backup the files.
- Storage - This component performs read and write operations to the storage space.
- Catlog - This application is responsible for the database log details.
- Monitor - This application allows the admin to keep an eye of the various BACULA tools.
FWBACKUPS is the easiest of all backup tools in linux. It having the rich user interface, and also it is a cross platform tool.
One of the notable feature of FWBACKUPS is remote backup. We can backup data from various systems remotely.
FWBACKUPS having some features are listed below.
- Simple Interface - Backup and restoring the documents is simple for user.
- Cross - platform - It's supports different platforms like windows, and Mac OS X. It restores the data on one system and restores into another system.
- Remote backup - All types of files can handle remotely.
- Scheduled Backups - Run a backup once or periodically.
- Speed - Backups moves faster by copying only the changes.
- Organized and clean - It takes care about organized data and removal of expired one. It list the backup to restore from which list of date.
RSYNC is a widely used tool for backups in linux. It is a command line backup tool. RSYNC is used to collect data remotely and locally. It is mainly used for automated backup. We can automate backup jobs with scripts.
Some of the notable features are listed below:
- It can update whole directory trees and filesystems.
- It uses ssh, rsh or direct sockets as the transport.
- Supports anonymous rsync which is ideal for mirroring.
- We can set bandwidth limit and file size.
URBACKUP is a client/server backup system. It's efficient in client/server backup system for both windows and linux environments. File and image backups are made while the system is running without interrupting current process.
Here is the some features of this tool:
- whole partition can be saved as single directory.
- Image and file backup are made while system is running.
- Fast file and image transmission.
- Clients have the flexibility to change the settings like backup frequency. Next to no configuration.
- Web interface of URBACKUP is good in showing the status of the clients, current status of backup issues.
5. BACKUP PC
BACKUP PC is high performance, enterprise-grade backup tool. It is a high configurable and easy to install, use and maintain.
It reduces the cost of the disks and raid system. BACKUP PC is written in perl language and extracts data using Samba service.
It is robust, reliable, well documented and freely available as open source on Sourceforge.
- No client side software needed. The standard smb protocol is used to extract backup data.
- A powerful web interface provides log details to view log files, configuration, current status and allows user to initiate and cancelled backups and browse and restore files from backups.
- It supports mobile environment where laptops are only intermittently connected to the network and have dynamic IP address.
- Users will receive email remainders if their pc has not recently been backed up.
- Open source and freely available under GPL.
These are the top backup tools that I use mostly. What's your favourite? Let us know in the comment section below.
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