By dbott | September 14, 2009
This document was originally written for the Infrant ReadyNAS 1000S, NV, 600, and X6 by the folks at Infrant Technologies (acquired by Netgear in 2007). It has been reproduced here, as it is still very useful for the current generation of ReadyNAS products (the Duo, NV+, 1100, NVX, Pro, 2100 and 3200).
You’ve heard it before, but it’s worth repeating—an organization’s most valuable asset is the data that comprises its information store. With ever increasing amounts of data, and the need to find an efficient method for ensuring its confidentiality, integrity, and availability, organizations often find themselves struggling with managing data stores.
The ReadyNAS product line (Duo, NV+, 1100, NVX, Pro, 2100 and 3200) of network attached storage devices provides a cost-effective way for organizations to share information without investing in expensive server-class hardware, bloated network operating systems, and seemingly endless client access licenses. Yet, they provide many of the same benefits as traditional file serving methods, including support for multiple sharing protocols as well as share-based, user-based, and domain-based security models. At the same time, because of their large data store capabilities, they need to be backed up as efficiently as possible.
In this guide, we’ll focus our attention on implementing NAS-to-NAS backups using Rsync, a native file synchronization service included with the ReadyNAS devices. In our presentation, you’ll discover methods for backing up NAS devices on a LAN, between subnets isolated from each other by a firewall, and across a WAN connection using Virtual Private Networking (VPN) technologies. Moreover, each method we’ll present builds on the previous one, so you can implement the appropriate backup strategy as your needs change.
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