This week we’re working on a project for a customer to replace their very old, very poorly Linux Redhat 4 server with a sparkling new server running the latest Redhat 6. During the transition the customer has a temporary cloud backup solution for protecting critical data as the tape drive has failed. We have built a new CentOS based storage appliance on the customer site to keep 7 days worth of full backups using rsync over SSH and will change the Cloud Backup solution over when the new server is commissioned. Another requirement is to provide an CIFS share for the windows network using Samba – this if for the MS Exchange server to write backup jobs to. Its an interesting project combining open source software, proprietary software and cloud technology, yet still keeping backup data where the customer can ‘see’ it.