The InfoWorld Bossies are chosen annually by Test Center editors, analysts, and reviewers. The winners represent the best free and open source software we've used. As always, our picks for the best of open source storage was led by senior analyst Mario Apicella.
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Amanda provides a way to back up a variety of enterprise data sources and applications, supporting multiple flavors of Unix and Linux, Windows, and Mac OS X. Amanda can encrypt data in transit from client to server, or encrypt data at rest on tape or disk or both simultaneously. Because the software doesn't use proprietary device drivers, it can work with any device supported by the host operating system. And it stores information via native dump or tar utilities, allowing it to be reconstructed even without the Amanda client.
Even as the capacity of physical disks soars, storage vendors continue to charge a small fortune for network filers. An open source alternative on the lower end is FreeNAS, which has support for CIFS, NFS, rsync, SSH, iSCSI. and FTP, as well as software RAID. It can handle several authentication methods (including local, Active Directory, NIS, and RADIUS), and sports a Web GUI, all while taking less than 32MB after installation. This means you can use it on USB keys and portable hard drives. It’s also available in the form of a VMware appliance.
Free Online Backup
At the office your backup procedures protect users’ data from disk drive crashes and other disasters, but can you offer the same reassurance when your users are traveling? Free Online Backup promises a similar level of protection through the use of a simple script that identifies which files have changed and beams them to the corporate network. The backup target is an FTP server that you must provide. As long as Web access is possible, mobile users can capture data changes and store them safely behind the corporate firewall while on the road.