Deja-dup backup lifesaver

September 18, 2011

Like many people who have backups, I've never had to actually use it, and as such had no idea whether it really was ready for primetime. Whilst this sounds pretty dangerous, I'm pretty sure the vast majority of people with backups have never done a dry-run to check that the restore function works as you expect. For the last 12 months or so I have sent weekly encrypted backups of my files to S3, using Duplicity initially, and later the GUI based Deja-dup, which is now installed by default as part of the Ubuntu desktop.

I can now say that after a hard drive failure, I was able to recover all my important files from my backup, leaving me a very happy customer of both S3 and Deja-dup. Michael Terry has done a great job on Deja-dup, and in some ways has been very good to finally make use of the backup I've been paying for over the last 12 months. Amazon's S3 offers substantial quantities of storage for minor amounts of money, at present my backup of 5-10Gb only costs me a matter of around £2/mo (once transaction fees converting USD to GBP are taken into account).

Backblaze offer unlimited storage for £3.96/mo per computer is quite a competitive offer, and their post Petabytes on a budget compares the cost of various services for storing a petabyte, which they come out extremely competitively on. However, since they don't offer a Linux client, and I don't currently spend more than £3.96/mo on my S3 storage, I won't be switching any time soon. If backblaze were to offer a linux client, or allow 3rd party clients to access their enormous data platform, it might be a tempting switch from S3!