I wanted to run a crazy proposition by anyone who can answer yes to the following:
- Do you need moar backup resiliency?
- Do you have a device with some unused storage?
- Is it on most of the time (maybe a few 9's or 8's of uptime)?
- Would you be up for sharing hard drive space as Crashplan backup targets for fellow Gerbils in exchange for some of theirs?
For those of you unfamiliar with Crashplan, have a look here: https://www.code42.com/crashplan/
- It's free to backup to a folder, drive, or friend. You pay iff you want to backup to their cloud.
- It's relatively secure. Files are compressed and encrypted. You can use your own encryption key if you want, but if you lose it you effectively lose your files too.
- Friend backup is invite only.
- Very customizeable down to rate limiting, different backup sets (you can set large, frequently changing files like virtual hard disks to backup less frequently so it actually completes), variable history, etc.
Given that I don't have many friends with a ton of NAS space,but I have a few TB free on my server, I'd be willing to provision some Crashplan space to fellow Gerbils in exchange for letting me backup my files to you. (UPDATE: I am out of space after taking on two gerbils' backups). The ultimate goal is to have "cloud" backup that's cheaper than what Crashplan offers, while still being geographically diverse. Because I ain't paying $400 for 4 years to back up my computers to the cloud when I have a perfectly good server already.
I don't know a good way to orchestrate this so I'm open to suggestions.
I have about 300GB of backup that's growing very slowly so I'd need maybe just 500GB. I'd be willing to donate 2TB of backup in exchange. My server is on 24/7 and I'm behind a 12/2 Mbps DSL connection.
Is anyone interested?