Phew! There’s a backup!

Network management is a field I’ve been in for the past few years. In addition to making sure that packets get from point A to point B in the most efficient manner, I’ve also had to deal with network failures and disaster recovery. Essential to the disaster recovery scenario is the concept of backups. We’ve all heard of backing up the files on your computer, and backing up the servers, and storing them off-site, etc. But sometimes people overlook other backups that need to be handled. Namely, network device configuration backups. It really sucks when you realize that the smoking router in the corner has the only copy of the configuration you need to get the network back up…

 

I’ve written a bunch of code in the past to handle backing up a bunch of different types of equipment, and I’ve decided to make it open source. This new project will be hosted at SourceForge, and there is a link to the project page in the links section of this blog.

 

The initial code release will take a little bit to put together, but I’m hoping to have an alpha release within a month or so. It’s all written in object-oriented perl, a language I find fun to code in. I hope someone out there finds this useful. I know I spent quite a bit of time looking for a solution like this, and was sadly disappointed that I did not find one…

 

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