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Using Amanda for Backups: An Introduction to Amanda
Amanda uses native utilities to backup the clients thus allowing you to customize whether you want to use dump or tar on a per-client basis, the amount of compression to use, and the amount of bandwidth on your network you are willing to allocate to the backup process. By using native backup utilities, amanda allows you get the benefit of not only having a backup utility which is always available on your platform but also the benefit of being able to restore your data even if Amanda is completely unavailable. One of the nice things about Amanda is that it will never screw you out of your data by using closed and proprietary formats or forcing you to dig up a licensing diskette while under stress.
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