This has been reposted from our lab tumblelog
Keeping all the machines in the lab backed up seems to be a constant issue. I thought I might outline our scheme.
First… what are the machines?
I have a primary machine that has 5+TB of disks, there are around 6 common computers, a small cluster computer, as well as around 3 personal laptops. The strategy for backing up is quite complex and has varied over the years. The tools used currently include
- Time Machine
- Super Duper
- Synology box
I like Crashplan for a few reasons. One is that I can easily keep updated on the status of all the machines and you can back up to local machines (free). This is very handy when you have a suite of machines in the lab. We have a “Family Plan” to back up 10 machines to the cloud.
I have two unlimited plans for my main machine and the main node of the small cluster on Backblaze.
I started using Bitcasa in the beta preview days and it seems like another great option. Currently I am over my free quota.
Several persons in the lab use Time Machine. I have not found much value as it is just local. If I was interested in local backup I would prefer using that feature on Crashplan.
SuperDuper is a different kind of backup. I use this to clone entire hard drives. Besides using when upgrading, I regularly clone my main machine as well as the nodes on the cluster.
Finally, Dropbox is used as a means to backup – I have a paid account where ~100GB of data stays synced in the cloud
We also maintain a 8TB Synology NAS, however this is primarily used for working with current files. Each lab member has their own folder.
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