The RAZip bitstream format was designed to provide a faster random access to compressed data than what is currently possible using the GZIP format. Its major features include fast random access to compressed data, freedom from patents, single-pass coding/decoding using a bounded amount of intermediate storage, the ability to choose from one of many algorithms for compression, encryption, or error correction, and comprehensive support for Unix file metadata, Macintosh file metadata, and arbitrary file metadata.
PHP Backup Maker (PDM) is a smart PHP backup solution. The script reads a given source directory (with its subdirectories) and then creates a set of directories filled with the content of the source directory, arranged in groups to fit a given capacity. It can be used to create CD sets for backups. It also supports ISO image creation, direct CD and DVD burning via cdrecord/growisofs, backup of files bigger than media capacity (splitting), automatic file index creation, and more.
Sshbak is very simple but powerful and secure remote backup utility. It performs a fast and comprehensible daily (usually) backup of multiple machines via remote SSH connections. The result is a simple set of tar+gzip files. It supports the backup of piped program output (allowing remote backup of mysqldump or pg_dumpall results), parallel backup of different machines, and more.
log2rotate is designed for rotating backups with an optimal balance between retention and space usage. Instead of rotating backups using some fixed period such as daily, weekly, monthly, or yearly, it rotates backups using exponentially-growing periods. The exponential periods are based on the base 2 logarithm or squaring, depending on how you look at it.
Kleo allows you to create all-inclusive bare metal backups. This saves hours of tracking down original CDs or device drivers. It enables server recovery without the need for any other software. It comes with the Carroll-Net Server Recovery Kit. It's a LiveCD that includes hundreds of specialized server recovery tools. With it, you can rescue failed servers, recover lost passwords, and troubleshoot boot up problems.