Backup / Restore Service
The Computer Center operates a central backup system for servers and personal computers all over the Technion. It's aim is to secure the integrity of the data saved on Technion computers in case of a failure of any kind.
The system can backup information from all operating systems. Backup is performed automatically in predefined intervals of time. Having a backup, that includes few generations (versions) of the data that are kept for long periods of time, Computer Center staff can quickly and reliably restore files, folders or disks that were deleted for any reason.
The Computer Center makes use of the Veritas software by Symantec, and operates libraries (robots) of magnetic tapes from StorageTek by Sun. The current system works as of 2000, and provides backup services for hundreds of computers from the academia and the administration.
What is backup?
The process of backup involves the copying of original data (from the PC hard disk or server main disk) to other media, usually magnetic tapes. The backup enables preservation of changes and versions durably. From backups it is possible to restore lost information.
When are backups needed?
- Recovery from disaster (fire, theft, war): when the original computer was damaged and replaced.
- Human error: accidental deletion of data.
- Hardware failure: an irreparable disk malfunction.
- Maintenance: saving data before hardware or software upgrade to enable fall back.
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