• Remote / Off-site self hosted backup comparison

    Date: 2011.06.22 | Category: ICT, remote backup, review

    Every 2 years Primary Technology re-engineers all of it’s services and this year I have been tasked with re-engineering our School offsite /┬áremote backup service. Our current service works well but there are a few things we would change and we feel our current provider isn’t really giving us the support we need to make these changes.

    The first part of any successful re-engineering job is to gather a comparison of all the available products on the market.

    I reviewed these products/pieces of software:

    • Ahsay
    • Attix
    • Bacula
    • Crashplan
    • Dropbox
    • iDrive Backup
    • Intronis
    • One Safe Place
    • Remote-Backup.com
    • Rysnc.net
    • SOS Online Backup
    • Vembu
    • XZBackup
    • Amanda/Zmanda

    And I reviewed them based on this following requirements of functionality:

    • Can the client transfer data and config over HTTPS?
    • Does a Windows client Exist?
    • Is the software brandable?
    • Can I perform a system state backup on the clients?
    • Can it export database bricks / incremental / differential backups
    • Does the client have a scheduler?
    • Can the client stop itself at a specified time
    • Can the server push changes to the client backup set?
    • Can the client easily select which files to upload?
    • Does the server save old versions of files?
    • Is the software open source?
    • Does the server have overview reporting?

    And my notes which probably contain the most important informative information:

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