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When you need an efficient server running like clockwork, you need effective server management, and you need tools for disaster management. You don’t want organizational efficiency to be hampered or any data lost due to glitches that could occur in the spur of the moment.

What Disaster Recovery Entails

The disaster recovery (DR) process involves recovering and protecting IT infrastructure when disaster strikes. Organizations live on data, which is why they need to be prepared for any eventuality. DR keeps organizations running like a well-greased machine, reducing the downtime in the event of a disaster. Recovering after a disaster without any downtime requires planning and testing of data center solutions followed by implementation.  

The key capabilities of an efficient IT disaster recovery plan are:

  • The lifecycle of the recovery covering the total provision, monitoring, validating, testing, recovery and reporting processes;
  • Close integration with the network, OS and replication technologies for enabling automation of monitoring, discovery and recovery;
  • Close integration with a virtual infrastructure to ensure automation of virtual machines for recovery and;
  • Application awareness to ensure best practice templates for various enterprise applications.

Disaster management is all about backup and recovery. So let’s check out some open source backup and recovery tools:

Box Backup

This is a totally automatic, open source online backup system where the data that is backed up gets stored as files on the server’s file system. No additional backup devices such as disk drives are needed.  

Rsync

This is a protocol for systems similar to UNIX and offers great versatility for synchronizing and backing up data. It can be used for backing up files locally to various directories. It can also be configured to sync to other hosts through the Internet.   

Bacula

Bacula is a network-based backup tool consisting of some computer programs enabling the management of data backup, recovery and verification across a network containing various kinds of computers. While being quite simple to use, it is efficient and provides many advanced features for storage management. So it’s really easy to recover files that have been lost or damaged.  

AMANDA (Advanced Maryland Automatic Network Disk Archiver)

This is another simple backup tool but enables the IT administrator to get one master backup server for backing up multiple hosts through the network to various kinds and formats of media. Native formats and utilities are used by AMANDA. It can back up a great deal of servers and workstations that run multiple Linux or UNIX versions. For backing up Windows servers and desktops, AMANDA employs a native Windows client.  

Bareos

Bareos is a network and client-server based backup tool consisting of computer programs that give the power to the IT administrator to carry out management of the verification, backup and recovery of data through a network of various kinds of computers. Bareos can also be made to run on a single computer, backing up various kinds of media.    

Duplicati

This is a backup client and securely stores data as incremental, compressed and encrypted backups on remote file servers and cloud servers. Various tweaks and options are provided such as options for transfer and bandwidth, filters, deletion rules, etc. for carrying out backups for specific requirements. AES 256-bit encryption standards are also supported by Duplicati.  

Clonezilla

This is a partition as well as a disk cloning program and is quite like some of the ghost software out there. With this you can carry out systems deployment as well as backup and recovery from bare metal. In fact, Clonezilla enables you to carry out recovery of multiple systems simultaneously from bare metal.  

Efficient Disaster Recovery Management

DR infrastructure must be aligned to meet recovery objectives for the various applications. An effective disaster management plan effectively integrates the processes of reporting, monitoring and testing. It also provides workflow automation and makes it a scalable and user-friendly solution for the organization while not compromising on industry standards.

Recovery must be managed across virtual, physical and cloud infrastructure. It must incorporate advanced technologies but be perfectly in line with the needs and resources of the organization. The ultimate test of a disaster management and recovery program is when disaster strikes, but you don’t want to wait for trouble to strike to know if you’re prepared.

Ensure your organization has an effective disaster recovery management system in place. The right partner can help you.