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A little news on backups and why they matter

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One of our sysadmins has been cleaning up and auditing our backups recently, and we thought we’d look at some of the numbers involved and how they’ve changed over time. Several years ago we used tapes exclusively, and they were always taken offsite. We don’t have the numbers from that time, but every fully-managed server came with backups included. AMANDA is still our backup software of choice and it’s been a reliable system for many years. That said, tapes aren’t really a good match for many of our customers’ needs, and the costs can be prohibitive. That’s why we developed our onsite disk-based backup solution. As well as being able to offer large amounts of storage at a much lower cost to the customer, the experience is actually better because…

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