TurnKey Linux brings speedy, small-scale migration to the cloud

Powered by Amazon S3, TKLBAM system seeks to boost cloud flexibility and mobility with fast, 'magical' backup

TurnKey Linux has unveiled a system-level backup and restore system called TurnKey Linux Backup and Migration (TKLBAM) that aims to add a level of flexibility to cloud computing. Powered by the Amazon S3 storage cloud, the system brings speed, smarts, and automation to backups, restores, and migration in the cloud -- at least on a limited scale.

Flexibility is one of cloud computing's biggest selling points. Users have access to the resources they want, whenever they want, from wherever they are. That's the theory, anyway. For that to work, the far-flung systems behind the cloud curtain need to function in tandem -- with as little human interference as possible -- to ensure that processes and data are in sync and always available.

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TKLBAM, its creators boast, delivers a level of flexibility and smarts to make fast, automated backups, restores, and even migrations possible. On the fly, you can move systems and data to and from the TurnKey Hub. "Fully automating the backup and restore process makes it practical for the first time to easily test backups 'in the cloud' and to migrate full systems (e.g., servers) anywhere in minutes," writes Liraz Siri, co-founder of TurnKey Linux.

The system isn't just fast, Siri asserts; it requires zero configuration, which is a difficult claim to fully believe. He says the system "just magically knows what to backup and, just as importantly, what not to backup, to create super efficient, encrypted backups of changes to files, databases, package management state, even users and groups."

To demonstrate his claim, Siri has posted a video of TKLBAM in action. With a couple of keystrokes, he installs two instances of TKLBAM -- one on his laptop, dubbed Alpha, and one on an Amazon EC2 instance, dubbed Beta -- launched from the TurnKey Hub. With a few more keystrokes, he backs up the entire 86MB TurnKey website, then migrates it fully to the previously empty Amazon EC2 instance. Within moments, he has a functioning backup version of the website.

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