Friday, July 8, 2016

34 Best Free Linux Backup Software

You may have read the story about a man deleting his entire company with one mistaken piece of code: accidentally misusing rm -rf in Ansible. It was a fairly obvious hoax designed to be a viral marketing effort. It achieved that goal as scores of media sources carried the story. But at least it will have alerted readers to the importance of making sure their data is safe. But remember, human error is not the only source of data loss. Other ways of losing data include mechanical damage to RAID or disks, file system corruption, theft, fire, as well as viruses and malware.
Backup software is used to perform a complete back up of a file, data, database, system or server. It allows users to make a duplicate of everything contained on the original source. This type of software is also used to perform a recovery of the data or system in the event of a disaster.
Making file backups is an essential activity for all users as it is the way to prevent permanent data loss. So it is important to learn about the best backup tools. Yet many users do not take adequate steps to protect their data. Whether a computer is being used in a corporate environment, or for private use, the machine's hard disk may fail without any warning signs. Alternatively, some data loss occurs as a result of human error. Without regular backups being made, data will inevitably be lost even if the services of a specialist recovery organisation are used.
While it has always been possible to use command line tools to backup files in Linux, this can be a daunting task for beginners and end-users. This article explores how making regular backups can be a painless task. I explore backup software which backs up the Right Way, software with intuitive graphical interfaces, applications that backup systems with snapshots, but not forgetting the powerful command-line tools that exist. I also cover specialist backup tools.
We previously published a fairly comprehensive backup article in 2008. Given the length of time that has elapsed, we thought it best to update and expand that article.
To provide an insight into the quality of software that is available, we will look at 34 outstanding open source backup tools that you can use on Linux servers or systems. There will be something of interest for anyone who attaches any importance to their hard work.
Backup Tool (Graphical User Interface)
BackupPC High-performance, enterprise-grade system for backing up PCs
Bacula Network backup, recovery and verification
Déjà Dup Hides the complexity of doing backups the Right Way
Bareos Backup Archiving Recovery Open Sourced
UrBackup Easy to setup open source client/server backup system
Areca Backup File backup software
fwbackups Feature-rich backup software
Simple Backup Solution Set of backend backup daemon and GUI frontends
Backup Tool (Command-line)
Duplicity Encrypted bandwidth-efficient backup
AMANDA Advanced Maryland Automatic Network Disk Archiver
Cedar Backup Local and remote backups to CD or DVD media
afbackup Client-Server Backup System (GUI is also available)
Dump / restore Dump and restore utilities for ext2/ext3 filesystems
tar Tar archiving utility
BURP Uses librsync to save network traffic and space
Snapshot backups
Back in Time Equivalent of OS X's Time Machine
FlyBack Simple backup tool taking inspiration from FlyBack and TimeVault
TimeShift Takes regular incremental snapshots of the filesystem
rsnapshot Local and remote filesystem snapshot utility
rsync Fast remote file copy program
Disaster Recovery / Disk Cloning
Redo Backup So simple and user-friendly that anyone can use it
Clonezilla Offers similar functionality to Symantec Ghost
Mondo Rescue A powerful disaster recovery suite
Partclone Provides utilities to save and restore used blocks on a partition
PartImage Backup partitions into a compressed image file
PING Also offers similar functionality to Symantec Ghost
FOG Cloning / imaging solution / rescue suite
Specialist Deduplicating Tools
Borg Superb fork of Attic
ZBackup Versatile globally-deduplicating backup tool
Attic Encrypted, authenticated and compressed backup
bup Backup a system based on the git packfile format
Obnam Easy to use, secure Python based backup program
Zmanda Perl-based utility to automate backup and recovery of MySQL databases
XtraBackup Backup tool for InnoDB and XtraDB databases

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