Lawn Construction

I made a website for Dwight Weller, my landscaper, using Go Daddy’s Website Builder. He registered a great domain name, His business, SieCamDen Property Services, does lawn care services, landscaping, stone paver installation, water features and more. This was a fun exercise. It got me more familiar with Website Builder, something Go Daddy encourages … Read moreLawn Construction

Gearing Up For Velocity and to Meet @souders and @patmeenan

I can hardly wait to go to Santa Clara tomorrow for an action packed 3 days of Web Performance and Operations at Velocity Conference. I’m going with a dozen other Go Daddy folks. We’re going to learn a lot and network. I’m really looking forward to meeting Steve Souders (@souders). He has been an inspiration, … Read moreGearing Up For Velocity and to Meet @souders and @patmeenan

Simple Site Backup Pattern, uses S3 hadoop

The theory here is that you want to backup your website’s document root and the MySQL database on a daily basis. Storing the backup file on your webserver is OK in case you screw up your site, can revert easily, but it’s bad if you lose your server. Best is to have a copy on your web server for easy access, and also store it offsite in case of catastrophe.


In this tutorial, we’ll keep 7 days of backup in a local /backup/ directory, then store 30 days of backups on Amazon’s S3. In order to put the files onto Amazon’s S3, going to use hadoop! Using hadoop, not because I plan on doing Map/Reduce on my backups, but because it provides a simple command line method for putting files into S3! It’s easier than writing my own program to store on S3.


Note: In the past, I’ve written an article on storing backups on S3 using a Deduplication technique. This is pretty clever and will reduce the total disk space consumed on S3. But, it’s much more complex and if you lost your web server and needed access to the backup files, you’d need to reconstruct all the code to reassemble your files. This would be a pain, in a pinch. So, if you just want a super simple way to backup your files, and you can very easily retrieve them from any machine or browser, this is your article.

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