Archive for December, 2008

Thailand Metropolitan Waterworks Authority Protects Emails Using Zmanda

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008

Metropolitan Waterworks Authority Logo Metropolitan Water Authority (MWA) is a public water utility providing water supply to residences and businesses in key parts of Thailand including Bangkok. With more than four thousand employees and approximately two million customers, MWA generates a lot of email on a daily basis.

For this challenge, MWA turned to CommuniGate Pro for their email server, and to Amanda Enterprise for protecting the email data. MWA chose Solaris 10 to run the Amanda Server.

Congratulations to Veerachart Charassirikulchai (I just call him Vee!) and his team at SoftDebut for working with MWA and installing Zmanda’s solution in their environment.

OpenSolaris is a big step forward if you want to step back in time

Friday, December 12th, 2008

This week Zmanda was invited to participate in the launch of OpenSolaris 2008.11. In his interview Chander Kant, CEO of Zmanda, explained why OpenSolaris is a big step forward from backup and recovery perspective both as a data source for backup and as a repository for backup images.

OpenSolarisThe advanced snapshot capabilities of ZFS enables fast and scalable backups for today’s most demanding workloads for servers and easy to use data protection for workstations. For example, the new Time Slider feature in OpenSolaris provides an automatic way to backup your data on the local disk with intuitive browsing and recovering of files from snapshots using the GNOME file manager. That is great, but what if you loose your local disk? Considering that Time Slider does not support network attached disk yet, you might be in danger of loosing your data. By integrating Amanda Enterprise with Time Slider, we will provide advanced media management for backing up to disk, tape and storage cloud, and centralized administration of snapshots for multiple workstations running Time Slider.

One the server side, OpenSolaris provides an excellent platform for backup to disk. One of the biggest challenges of backup to disk is capacity management. It doesn’t matter how much capacity you have when you start backing up to disk. Sooner or later you will run out of it. Ease of provisioning of ZFS volumes is welcome by backup practitioners because you can add more disk capacity while your backups are running!

The combination of Zmanda backup solutions with Sun’s innovative OpenSolaris operating system, including the advanced ZFS file system, creates one of the most advanced backup-to-disk offerings available on the market today. The best part is you can build such a solution at the price point that will not break your budget. We are also working on getting Amanda and ZRM into OpenSolaris repositories.

ZRM 2.1: Storage snapshots as backups

Tuesday, December 9th, 2008

We released  ZRM for MySQL 2.1 Community Edition today.  ZRM 2.1 includes the ability to treat snapshots as backup images. ZRM has supported backup of MySQL databases using storage snapshots using a plugin interface. LVM (Logical Volume Manager) and Solaris ZFS snapshots are supported plugins in the ZRM Community Edition.
MySQL administrator can perform regular backups (backup images are stored in the ZRM server) or quick backups (snapshots acting as backup images). Quick backups have smaller backup windows and do not consume network bandwidth. When MySQL database is stored on one or more ZFS filesystems, users can do multiple quick backups in a day (even once every hour) and convert one quick backup image to a regular backup image. This schedule provides better recoverability and also reduces the resource consumption.

ZRM for MySQL source packages and binary packages for Linux and Solaris are available here. A whitepaper that describes how to quickly install and configure ZRM 2.1 is available at Zmanda network (free registration).

Get to know Zmanda!

Tuesday, December 9th, 2008

In past few quarters Zmanda has been growing at a break-neck pace. This has transformed us in many different ways. In the past 12 months, we have almost quadrupled our customer base (which is now in 40 countries!), introduced our third product line (Zmanda Internet Backup) and built new relationships with some of the leading IT infrastructure providers in the world.

These changes merit a fresh introduction. Some of you have openly wondered about who we are. Well, here is your chance to hear directly from us. Join us for a webinar on December 17th at 10AM (Pacific Time), titled: Get to Know Zmanda! In this webinar Zmanda CEO Chander Kant will discuss our business model, our philosophy and overview our product lines.

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Dmitri Joukovski