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The backup experience for the noob

September 5, 2014

Ntsiki Qamba, Product Manager at Linux Warehouse.

I had a desktop at home I was so amped about when I first got it. It had all these nice features that you'd read about in online forums – like my CPU was a great bargain in the machine, my RAM was also a thing to hoot about. And with this being a PC to watch movies and listen to music and host a party or three with, I was in a happy space …

A key feature I loved about my desktop, was my hard drive. When you're a noob tech-savvy guy in 2008, a hard drive packing 500GB storage space is a big deal, okay.

Don't judge me, it was a milestone!

I was not so strict with my information and that's a very big mistake.

I had an external hard drive of 1TB and I used that as my backup form for my machine. Fast forward to a party I attended where I brought music from my external. As would happen with a crowd of intoxicated people, someone tripped over my external hard drive and the impact broke it. It was okay, because I had a PC at home with the same information, right? I went on a while with my machine having all my information backed up and I used online platforms like Dropbox and Google Drive to store things like my work documents, spreadsheets and PDFs.

Then Murphy's law gave me a side-kick to the face and the hard drive in my PC failed. I had information and pictures that dated back three years, and they were all gone. The pits, right? Now with all of this going on, I had to start over. I tried reviving my drive and tried to salvage just that one folder of pictures. Memories – all of them – and because of my failure to prepare for this disaster – they were just THAT now. Memories.

The bigger picture

Now imagine you're an organisation with a whole lot more information than a 500GB media hard drive would have on it.

The question is: for a small to enterprise business organisation – would you be ready for such a failure?

Would your organisation manage to have a back-up system that wasn't effective and secure? Can you afford data loss? Of course not. No-one in this century can.

What do I propose?

From small to enterprise business standards, we give you Zmanda Cloud Backup. Zmanda is an online backup software and allows for data to be backed up on to cloud storage, even on-premises backup.

Zmanda hails itself "the most popular open source backup and recovery software in the world". This is a bold statement for any organisation to back up (see what I did there?). I guess I can reference a very technical page for you to visit – and I will eventually – but because reasons come first and answers come second, here are some reasons why Zmanda would be the best adoption for your organisation: * Amanda simplifies the life of a system administrator who can easily set up a single server to back up multiple networked clients to a tape- or disk-based storage system. * Amanda is well documented ( and can be set up very rapidly ( * Amanda provides the unique capability of writing backups to tape and disk simultaneously. The very same data could be available on-line for quick restores from a disk and off-site for disaster recovery and long-term retention. * Since Amanda does not use proprietary device drivers, any device supported by an operating system works well with Amanda. The system administrator does not have to worry about breaking support for a device when upgrading Amanda. * Amanda uses native dump and/or GNU tar utilities. Since there are no proprietary formats, in case of emergency, data could be recovered with native utilities, regardless of whether or not Amanda is still installed.

For a more detailed overview, visit: (

What this means for you

Your organisation's need and demand of data growth, and demand for data availability – no matter the size of your organisation – management of complex and expensive backup and recovery software will be met by a cost-effective, open source backup solution.

Zmanda is designed to address these challenges – and will provide a backup and recovery solution that integrates a fast installation, a simple management system, low-cost subscription fees and enterprise -class functionality.

Zmanda uses standard formats and tools and effectively frees you from vendor lock-in and gives you all the best of a backup and recovery open source product.

Got you interested?

Linux Warehouse is a proud open source distributor and Zmanda is one of the products we sell. We work through a channel of trusted resellers who can quote you – or if you would like to become a reseller – you can contact us here:

This article was written by Ntsiki Qamba, Product Manager at Linux Warehouse.

For more queries, contact ( or telephone 011 795 7950.

Get in touch with the Linux Warehouse team and we will help you get started on implementing an open source solution. Our team is ready to speak to you and even meet with you to discuss your pain points and even just a conversation about who we are and what solutions we have on offer.

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