Linux Backup

What Is Backup and Why Do You Need To Backup A Linux Server?

Individuals and businesses alike must perform a Linux backup to protect their data. So what is backup and why does anyone need to back up a Linux server?

For those of you who use Linux platform computers frequently in your daily lives, the safekeeping of the data you amass on your computers is paramount to your existence. You store virtually all kinds of information on your computers, from your music and photographs to your emails, journals, travel reservations and, of course, vital files and documents.

One of the major issues for all computer users is that computers are not perfect. Computer accidents happen more often that we would like to admit: files become corrupt or we accidentally delete them; motherboards containing many of the critical elements of our computer systems break down; a multitude of viruses and malware causes programs not to work or even our computers do not turn on, and the list goes on. Not to mention that computers, like any other piece of electronic equipment, can short-circuit after spillage or even physically come apart.

The solution to keeping all Linux platform computer data safe is simple: Linux backup. Loss of computer data can be an extremely disheartening and painful experience to an individual computer user, and Linux backup allows users to avoid such a predicament. Not only are you able to back up your files but also calendar, contacts, programs, settings, system settings, installed software and entire computers.

One common excuse that many individual computer users cite for not performing Linux backup is lack of time ("I'm very busy and cannot afford to spend time on backing up my data). However, if a user experienced the loss of computer data, such an individual would end up spending a greater amount of time trying to restore the data. Moreover, backup software nowadays can make it easy to do regular Linux backup; the software can even perform an automatic scheduled Linux backup so that a user would not need to spend any time on Linux backup process. You can choose whether you want to perform a full backup or an incremental backup, with the latter backing up only the files that have changed since the previous backup.

Another common excuse is lack of individual users' knowledge and know-how regarding Linux backup ("I don't know how to back up my data"). There are various options as to where to store the data gathered through a Linux backup, from removable backup media to storing your data on a remote FTP location. Additionally, there are various Linux backup applications that are easy to install (for example, Fwbackups) and will help you get familiar with Linux backup process, allowing you to perform local or remote Linux backup in various formats (tar, tar.gz, tar.bZ, or rsync). Many Linux backup utilities have user-friendly interfaces and can perform single or recurring backups, backing up single files or entire computers. Furthermore, some Linux backup applications even have Web or live support available.

Lastly, a truly special common excuse for not performing Linux backup is denial ("My computer has not crashed so far, and, hopefully, it will never break"). However, this statement or belief is completely unfounded in reality; with the myriads of computer problems that can affect individual users' files, the likelihood of data loss is enormous.

It is plain to see how performing regular Linux backup is significant for individual Linux platform computer users. And yet, for most businesses using Linux platforms, Linux backup is even more vital. A business organization simply cannot afford to lose its data where such loss could lead to a major disaster and ultimately causes a business to fail.

While most of the Linux backup utilities are made specifically for Linux platforms, others are cross-platform, allowing you to back up Linux, Windows and Mac. For businesses, outstanding Linux backup utilities are not a luxury; they are a necessity. Utilities like Bacula or Arkeia are complex, costly and require more time spent but they are powerful and allow for greater flexibility and control over Linux backup processes. Enterprises can choose whether they need or want to have intricate Linux backup utilities affording businesses more options.

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