(Blows dust off category in blog.)
I am slowly coming to the conclusion that if you built up a billion dollar company over ten years but never did any backups, and then a massive data loss wiped out the organisation, you still wouldn’t have lost as much money as you would had you tried to develop and manage a working backup solution in that period. Nevertheless, here are some interesting links on the topic that I’ve found recently.
Robert Milkowski outlines his disruptive backup platform, using rsync and ZFS snapshots; a neat solution if you only care about files rather than apps. And certainly preferable to anything from Sym*nt*c.
Meanwhile, W. Curtis Preston gave a LISA talk a few years OK on how tape-only backup systems are dead.