Backing up with tar or rsync? [Freedompenguin]

There’s a decision to make when you want to write your scripts when it’s time to back things up: use tar or rsync?

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Max out your IOPs with GNU Parallel

The GNU Parallel program is a clever way to simultaneously operate thing on multiple files (and other things). Tonight, we create the most IO intensive way to copy virtual machine images from one system to another: parallel rsync.

My source system is an 8-core E5 with 32G of ram. I’m trying to backup 400+GB of VM images.

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And watch those eight 3-TB drives spin their darned hearts out, even in a RAID10 array.

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Just shows you that you can have plenty of disk IO, but your processor is still faster.