Five Linux-Compatible Online Backup and Storage Services

by Ostatic Staff - Sep. 25, 2009

Of course, you know regular computer system backups are important and it's always a good idea to store your most critical data offsite for added security. If you're a Linux user, finding a service that's compatible with your operating system isn't easy, but they do exist. Here are five online backup and storage services for personal or business use that work great with Linux.

JungleDisk - This powerful paid service provides support for both Amazon S3 and Rackspace Cloud Files storage. It completely encrypts all data and will automatically restart all background operations following a system crash or shutdown. JungleDisk archives old and deleted files for later retrieval, and relies on multiple data centers to keep your files safe. The Desktop Edition for Linux requires Linux x86, works with KDE or GNOME desktops, and includes a command-line only version for power users.

SpiderOak - If you want to be able to grab files from any Internet-connected device, then have a look at this backup and sync service. Although all of SpiderOak's tools aren't open source, many are and the company says it's committed to the FOSS community. SpiderOak offers a number of features and benefits, including consolidated online storage, automated backup, and easy data sharing. The software currently works on Ubuntu, Debian, and Fedora, with support for more distros expected in the future.

Zmanda - You've got a lot of options to choose from with this open source product line. Amanda, available in both Community and Enterprise editions, is great for companies that want to back up several networked computers to a cloud storage system. The company also offers Zmanda Recovery Manager for MySQL that's perfect for scheduling backups of your MySQL database.

Dropbox - Here's a service that's dead-simple to use and offers both paid and free options. Simply put Dropbox on your desktop and start backing up right away. It can handle huge document and image files so uploading your presentation slide deck or pics from your latest trip is a snap, plus you can access your files online from any computer or Web-enabled device. Dropbox is a terrific no-cost service for personal use, but if you do a lot of syncing and sharing, you might want to look at the Pro plans.

ThinkFree - This commercial productivity suite and backup solution has a few things going for it. There's a paid edition of the software designed for Linux-based netbooks and a desktop widget for easy synchronization between ThinkFree Online and your computer. There's even a mobile version for Android phones. If you only need a backup solution and nothing else, then ThinkFree probably isn't for you. However, if you want a set of productivity tools that come with an offsite data storage option, then be sure to check out ThinkFree's trial offer.

What online backup and storage services do you use? Let me know in the comments.

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