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Re: [rdiff-backup-users] Survey

From: Dale E. Qualls
Subject: Re: [rdiff-backup-users] Survey
Date: Wed, 19 Jun 2019 19:11:18 +0000

First of all, I'm  not trying to offend the OP so I apologize if this comes 
across as offensive or accusatory.

I'd caution anyone on providing any details about your systems, operations, 
backup systems or any of your technology to someone that you are not familiar 
with.  This information could be used nefariously.


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From: rdiff-backup-users [mailto:rdiff-backup-users-bounces+deq=address@hidden] 
On Behalf Of Ciprian Dorin Craciun
Sent: Wednesday, June 19, 2019 1:50 PM
To: Patrik Dufresne
Cc: Rdiff Backup
Subject: Re: [rdiff-backup-users] Survey

External email, exercise caution.

On Wed, Jun 19, 2019 at 5:06 PM Patrik Dufresne <address@hidden> wrote:
> I'm running a survey about backup software to learn more about what people
> are using to do their backup and why they are using it. I invite individual
> and business to answer the survey.
> https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HKKDG2J<https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HKKDG2J>

Regarding your survey, I would have a few observations:

* (1) in the first question, you could have provided a few more
options (including `rdiff-backup`) since you're sending this email to
its mailing list;

* (3) in the third question about "what you are looking for in backup
software", some items don't actually make sense for a "backup
software" and seem to pertain more to a "backup cloud provider"; for
example "high availability" or "low cost per GB" or "end-to-end

* (3) still with the third question, the "secure" option is too
vague... do you mean "secure" as in "privacy", "secure" as in
"redundancy", or as in "integrity"?

* (7) the operating system selection, should allow one to choose more items;

* I think you are missing a few important items, like:
** what does one "backup"? is it a file-system, is it a "raw"
block-device, or is it a "dump" file or something similar;
** does one implement "incremental backups", or all individual backups
are "full";
** does one implement "backup rotation";
** where does one store "offsite backups"? is it S3 (or something
similar), is it a "backup provider", or something else?
** does one use (or wants to use) write-only media? (although these
days even a BlueRay disk is quiet small compared to current data
sizes, it might be an interesting option;)
** does one automate these backups? (or are they executed manually?)
** how often does one try to recover from the backups? (to make sure
they are "usable");

(These are just a few questions I had, when I decided to use `rdiff-backup`.)

(I've submitted your survey, however I find the questions somewhat
unsuitable for obtaining some actual insights.)
(Also as the previous email asks, I hope you'll make your findings public.)


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