• Why Consider Backup Strategies?

    Saving copies of your work as backups is essential to prevent data loss, especially in today’s digital and multi-connected world. The reasons range from hardware failures (manmade or natural) to accidental data deletion, damage or data loss due to a power outage, violence caused by burglars as well as encrypted data due to ransomware and stealing of hardware. An example for damages might be single bit changes on disk on older file systems without checksum (fat16, fat32 and ext2). Insurances require additional measures to ensure the safety of local and distributed work.

    While multiple storing data is relatively simple, backing up and restoring your data can be quite challenging. Take into account that backups can look good at first sight, but be unusable for a number of reasons, including that the full backup is corrupt because something in the I/O subsystem corrupted it or the storage media died or even worse – it is half-dead (partly readable). You might not have the hardware anymore to read the backups (e.g., floppy disk drive, tape reader or CD-ROM drive). Also, if a backup in the log backup chain is corrupt it means that restoring cannot continue past that point in the chain. Now and then but not uncommon, data is simply forgotten so that the backup is incomplete. This leads to dramatic scenes, and according to Murphy’s law [1], it is the most important data that is not there. As always.

    This article will give you a short introduction into backups and the corresponding strategies [18]. Factors that are to be taken into account are storage space to keep the snapshots, speed for backup/restore and the possibility to trace the changes in your backup set.

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  • It’s not Christmas yet, but you might have noticed the little gift icon in the main menu. It’s a little gift from us to express our gratitude if you recommend BackHub to your friends and followers if they sign up and start using BackHub. More users mean more resources for us to build new features for you. The great thing is, you can give the same gift to your friends as well because they will receive 10 forever free repository backups on their account if they use your referral link.

    If you want to recommend BackHub to your friends, click on the little gift icon in the main menu and you will find your referral link.

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  • A few days ago we have released a new feature that let’s you clone any of your GitHub repository backups directly from the BackHub servers. You can clone any of the snapshots available for the particular backup. In BackHub, open the panel of the backup you want to clone, select the snapshot in the footer of the panel and copy the clone URL.

    Clone GitHub backup directly from BackHub servers

    For this feature to work you must have an SSH key stored in your GitHub account. We’re fetching this key to authenticate the client when cloning. For new users, this feature is enabled by default. For existing users, it must be switched on in the user settings.

    Activate clone from BackHub servers to fetch SSH-key in your GitHub account

    This feature is part of our effort towards enabling you to access your GitHub backup even in case GitHub is temporarily not available. We recommend to note down the clone URL so you can clone without relying on the web frontend.

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  • In June 2018 a headline surprised a lot of people around the world: Microsoft announces the purchase of the developer platform GitHub for $7.5 billion. GitHub confirmed the deal [1]. Wow! What a bomb. This is only the tenth multi-billion dollar acquisition of Microsoft in its history. Instantly quite a few important questions popped up in our heads – as developers and frequent users of this platform:

    • How will this change of ownership affect us and our work at GitHub?
    • Will we be able to access our code in the repositories in the future in the same way we did up to now?
    • Shall we keep our repositories there or create a backup of it?
    • What are the alternatives to GitHub that offer the same features?
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  • Today we are excited to announce that BackHub is now available on GitHub Marketplace. It’s an all new version of BackHub that comes with a new feature called “Backup Snapshots” and is built as a GitHub App for a more solid integration, allowing granular, read only permissions in order to easily create backups of your repositories.

    Read on for more details or start right away to use the new BackHub.

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