SafeKeep – centralized and easy to use backup program

SafeKeep is a centralized and easy to use backup application that combines the best features of a mirror and an incremental backup. It sets up the appropriate environment for compatible backup packages and simplifies the process of running them.

It is build around rdiff-backup, enhancing it with easy deployment, database dumps, and snapshotting.

It’s easy to setup: it runs out-of-the-box with reasonable defaults, and all configuration is centrally stored on the one box where the manager is running.

All backups are incremental (for network traffic and storage efficiency), while at the same time keeping the latest state always available. We get to eat the cake and keep it too — we combine the convenience of a mirror with the efficiency of incremental backups.

SafeKeep can work in server mode, client mode, SSH key management mode or list mode.

In server mode, SafeKeep parses a set of configurations files which defines a set of backup clients. For each backup client, SafeKeep connects to the client host over SSH (using a public key authentication system previously set up using safekeep –keys –deploy), and launches safekeep –client onto the client host. The client does the real backup and sends the data over SSH to the SafeKeep server which stores it in the specified location.

In client mode, SafeKeep does a few setup steps, depending on the client configuration (database dump, LVM device snapshot), then backups the client data using rdiff-backup, and then cleanups the state (removes the database dumps, deactivates the LVM snapshots).

Support: Documentation, GitHub Code Repository
Developer: Lattica, Inc.
License: GNU General Public License, either version 2 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

SafeKeep is written in Python. Learn Python with our recommended free books and free tutorials.

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