Many organizations fail to realize the importance of having data backups being stored in a safe remote area until their data becomes unrecoverable and is gone for ever.
We have heard of restoration process failing when it’s required to work but just doesn’t.
Some organizations have not tested their restoration project management process properly and only found out that their data can’t be recovered because of some incomplete configurations being applied.
The best and safest way to protect an organization’s data is to perform backup and synchronize the data to a remote location.
This way, you can be assured that your data is available and accessible from the remote location right after the backup is done and not when something terrible has happened to the disk which holds the files.
But how easy is it to copy files from one place to another? Depending on how huge the files are, the entire process can take a long time. There must be a solution.
The recommended way to backup and restore files
The straight forward answer is using rsync technology.
Rsync originated from the Linux environment and has been made available on Windows and Mac OSX operating systems.
The conventional backup strategy requires us to copy entire folder of files on a periodic basis over and over again making it time consuming and difficult.
Rsync is really powerful because it allows only files which have been changed to be copied over thus saving time and bandwidth.
Example scenarios using rsync
1. A photographer takes photos on a daily basis and transfers all images into his personal computer. To automatically backup his images to his office server, he uses a software with rsync technology to automatically transfer only the new images that he has uploaded for the day.
2. On a daily basis, I place all my working folders and files on my desktop. I use the rsync software to automatically backup everything from my desktop during lunch time.
3. Outlook.pst files can be backed up effectively using rsync. A 1.9 GB .pst file can take up to 4 hours to backup over a slow DSL line but subsequent backups can take just a few minutes because only the difference in file is being transfered over thus making outlook.pst file backup very efficient.
List of tools utilizing rsync technology
Free tools to backup and restore files
Most tools to protect your valuable data can be costly to implement. Here's a list of tools to assist you to backup and restore important files.
A free backup tool design for Linux, Mac OS and Windows. Data are stored remotely and securely via AES-256 encryption. Supports cloud backup to Google Drive, Rackspace Cloud, Windows Live, Amazon S3 and more.
This tool creates a package of Cygwin and Rsync for Windows where only differences in files are being sent across to the remote server
DSynchronize is a stand-alone utility that let you periodically synchronize two or more folders on Hard Disk, Floppy Disk, LAN, USB Key, CD-DVD (with packet writing software) and FTP server.
Grsync is a rsync gui, a graphical user interface for the rsync file synchronization and backup tool. It works on linux, solaris, windows, mac os x and maemo. It uses the gtk libraries and can work under the gnome desktop.
Supports differential backup where only the changes are backup. However, thanks to NTFS and hardlinks with every backup you have a complete file tree of your data.Older backups can be deleted without loosing your data integrity.
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AboutMyX provides services for network administrators and web masters including backup and restore tool using rsync and syslog viewer for PIX firewall.
Yintersync is an internet optimised centrally controlled backup tool for multiple computers featuring encryption, email reports, shedule, permissions, snapshots and multiple destinations.
Fast incremental remote backup using rsync over http
Synchronize files the simple way.