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Creating a remote backup appliance with BitTorrent Sync and Raspberry Pi

  • Aug 26, 2014 · 7:00 PM
  • Illinois Institute of Technology - Rice Campus

Presentation by Tom Purl: 

Cloud-based storage services are great for storing remote backups, but recent revelations show that they don't always respect your privacy. This presentation will show you how to reclaim your data privacy by building a remote backup appliance that you can install on a friend or family member's network that "just works". A private "Dropbox-like" device.  This appliance uses tools like BitTorrent Sync, Tor, Puppet and Raspberry Pi to create a simple, secure, inexpensive and resilient system. So far I'm calling it rbpod but I'm open to suggestions. :-) There will be a live demonstration along with programming details covered on the command line.

Will be very interesting and relevant to anyone who's been looking for real world applications for the Rasberry Pi along with anyone who's been interested in creating their own personal cloud storage or anyone interested in learning about this technology

Tom Purl works as a FileNet and IBM Business Process Manager administrator. He has been a Middleware Administrator in the Financial Services industry for 14 years.

After the meeting we generally adjourn to Cozymel's around the corner from IIT for a more informal get together and discussion.

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  • Tom P.

    I'm glad that some people enjoyed the presentation.

    I've created a web site that hosts my notes related to my backup appliance here:


    It's pretty rough, and mostly just a brain dump. Also here's the page that includes all of my notes for the presentation, including the actual presentation:


    August 28, 2014

  • Wayne S.

    Really enjoyed this presentation from Tom Purl which I think provided an excellent overview on what it would take to make this happen. Also was intrigued with a lot of the components such as the concept of using ssh as a tor hidden service, device to device sharing with Bitorrent Sync and remote backups using rsnapshot which piqued my interest also for uses in other ways. Tom has that unique ability to communicate on a highly technical level without losing everyone's attention and the ability to maintain the interest and attention of a larger audience. For once, nobody dosed off. Quite the contrary, the audience was quite awake with comments and questions throughout his highly technical discussion. If Tom was so inclined, would love to have him come back to speak on other topics, perhaps some of the tools he uses.

    August 28, 2014

    • Tom P.

      Thanks Wayne!

      August 28, 2014

  • David Y.

    This was a very interesting presentation. Tom's solution was a clever way to combine existing open source software, Internet infrastructure and protocols to create a low cost, automatic and turnkey solution for doing personal backups. Beyond his solution, the introduction to some of the techniques and technologies he used were intriguing. I now have to go learn about some of this stuff so that I can maybe use in my environment!

    August 28, 2014

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