ZFS based machine to build a backup server ?

krad kraduk at gmail.com
Mon Nov 29 11:04:31 UTC 2010

On 29 November 2010 10:54, Arthur Chance <freebsd at qeng-ho.org> wrote:

> On 11/29/10 09:56, Frank Bonnet wrote:
>> Would it be safe to use a FreeBSD + ZFS based machine to build
>> a backups server to store sensitive data ?
>> In a word is FreeBSD + ZFS stable and mature ?
> That's a regular theological debate round here, and some people will say
> yes, and others an emphatic no. I'm personally happy with ZFS raidz, others
> prefer UFS + mirroring + journalling.
> Speaking with far too many years of experience as a sysadmin, no single
> backup solution is ever truly adequate. You want off site backups as well as
> on site. For the off site backups, take a look at tarsnap:
> http://www.tarsnap.com/
> --
> "Although the wombat is real and the dragon is not, few know what a
> wombat looks like, but everyone knows what a dragon looks like."
>        -- Avram Davidson, _Adventures in Unhistory_
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It does all come down to risk analysis. In my experience company politics
have far to much influence on this than I like.

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