December 11, 2001

Tonight live on the Linux Show: The Tolis Group resurrects BRU

Author: JT Smith

Jeff Gerhardt writes, Tuesday, December 11th, 2001 from the home of Wayne's World, Aurora IL,
Tonight LIVE on

At 6pm pt, 7pm mt, 8pm ct, and 9pm et.... Kevin Hill, Jeff Gerhardt, PJ Hyett, Doc Searls(Linux Journal), Arne Flones and Russ Pavlicek; have another interesting holiday show lined up tonight on The Linux Show!!

In Segment One - Hot News: We will be covering the hot Linux news of
the last few (several) weeks. Although we have caught up with our glut of news to purge, we sort of like what has been happening with the 2 segment format the last few weeks. At least it works well when there is interesting news and a good guest. So, we are going to try this format for a while.

In Segment Two- The Road To TOLIS- or The Return of BRU
On that road full of good intentions, many a good Linux Company fell by the roadside to become part of carrion making up the IT Road Kill that has littered the American business landscape in this post DOT COM era. It becomes VERY sad when those companies are not only managed and staffed by friends of TLS, but when they actually have a REAL GOOD PRODUCT. The fact of EST and the BRU product failing is one such sad story.

So, it thrills us to know end to see one of those groups of friends with that killer product pull themselves out of the flames and once again stand tall. This is the story of The TOLIS GROUP and their effort to resurrect BRU.

Tonight we will be joined by Tim Jones, President of The Tolis Group. Tim will take us on a wild ride that will include a short trip down the EST vs. TOLIS Group history. We will chat about how many Linux companies (including EST) were being handed too much money for initial capitalization leading to unchecked spending and then eventually their demise. We will talk about how Tolis was able to pull together a number of the key EST employees to put together the Tolis team; and how the "once burned" TOLIS Group has been totally self funded. This conservative business approach has lead to Tolis closing the second quarter in the black!

We will also discuss the current state of the art for BRU. BRU was first developed in 1985 for the general UNIX world, and ported to a build-it-yourself environment with Linux kernel level 0.99.pl12 in the Summer of '94 before a Red Hat was something more than the Fez worn by Shiners. BRU has always been viewed as a breakthrough product not only because of its reliability in backup, but as a restoration tool as well. The philosophy over at the BRU house was always, "if you can't restore, what the hell good is your backup anyway?"

Since 1985 BRU has had broad broad acceptance due to its UNIX platform cross compatibility (backup Linux boxes, restore to Sun, HP, AIX, et al). Future plans (Pending 17.0 release with Quick File Access - shortens restore time on large backups from hours to minutes) - this release will occur the first week of January and so listeners of tonights show are getting an exclusive on the announcement!

For BRU-Pro, Tolis has been hard at work improving what has just won Linux Journal's Editor's Choice award for Best Linux Backup for 2001. Tolis has broadened the supported platforms and added client/server encryption and compression to improve the security and performance of BRU-Pro. The 2.0 release of the product is scheduled in January with a planned release date of the end of that month.

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