My users are mostly road warriors who work on their Windows laptops. I would like to have a backup solution that would copy data to a corporate server over VPN. Could is absolutely out of question. It has to:

  • support flaky connections and interrupted syncs gracefully
  • user should be able to throttle transfer
  • Ideally, it should support multiple backup partnerships - some directories get backed up to server A, and some to server B.

I don't really need any sync, just a way not to lose data. Something simple and robust is preferred to very complex and enterprisy - I can achieve versioning with server snapshots.

I don't mind paying as long as it isn't a lot (ZManda's $150/y per client is a lot)

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    If you don't mind using *nix-style tools (and *nix-style configuration process), cwRsync is pretty robust and configurable solution... – aland May 5 '12 at 14:23
  • what do you use for your corporate server backups? Most enterprise backup solutions have options for laptop backups. Check there first for pricing. – TheCleaner May 5 '12 at 17:24
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    ZManda's $150/y per client is a lot -- Your data isn't worth $150 per person per year? – Rob Moir May 5 '12 at 17:25
  • A splitting headache can make you loose entire day's earning but you wouldn't pay $100 for an aspirin pack. – Konrads May 9 '12 at 6:04

I use Burp http://burp.grke.net for my backup needs, it meets your requirements and it is open source. I personally use it on CentOS and Windows 7 boxes with great success.

  • I agree. Burp is great. And FYI you need working_dir_recovery_method=resume in the config to resume an interrupted backup. It has a ratelimit. It uses SSL. It works with a VPN (as should any). But it sounds complicated to split directories on different servers... split per user instead. – Peter Sep 4 '14 at 8:27

CrashPlan (peer-to-peer) may meet your needs.

It's not transparent but it may do.


I'm quite unsure how effective it would be in your situation but I've been playing around with Genie Timeline lately and have been able to use it over a VPN connection. It may be worth a look.

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