I have been given the assignment of recommending a file archiving and compression procedure. Our files are on a dedicated Linux Server running MySQL 5.5, and PHP 5.3.5.
Our files need to be archived and stored so they can be accessed when necessary, but shouldn't be accessible to those without permission (this part may be a separate question). My question is:
Is there a software to handle the file archiving that you have used and recommend?
Is it best to archive manually, or to use an automated software?
What is the best format for compressing files without data loss?
Please include a reason for your recommendation.