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Deciding if open source software is the best data backup solution

Expert Brien Posey discusses how to determine whether an open source software backup product is the best data backup solution for your organization.

Are open source backup products a good data backup solution for smaller businesses?

I think that it really depends on the nature of the business. Open source backup products are oftentimes command-line-driven and lack the telephone technical support that is available for a commercial product. If a smaller organization has no dedicated IT department, then an open source backup may not be the best data backup solution. However, if such an organization has employees with above-average computer skills, then an open source backup can save the organization a substantial amount of money.

This was first published in March 2013

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