Simplify storage provisioning for backup to disk with Amanda using Solaris ZFS

First, the announcement. On September 21st at 11:30am our VP of engineering Paddy Sreenivasan will talk at OpenSolaris Storage Summit in Santa Clara about Open Source backup software Amanda for OpenSolaris.

Now the news. Sun just published Sun Fire x4540 as Backup Server for Amanda Enterprise backup software quick-start guide on BigAdmin system administration portal. The guide provides an introduction to configuring the Sun Fire X4540 server as a backup server for backup to disk. The specific examples for configuring the zpool and ZFS file systems on the Solaris 10 illustrate how easy it is to provision high-capacity storage for backup to disk. The Zmanda Recovery Manager for MySQL quick-start guide for X4540 is going through a review and will be published soon as well.

Almost 75% of Fortune 1000 use backup to disk, which requires a lot of capacity. According to the latest ‘08 survey by TheInfoPro of storage administrators working for Fortune 1000 firms, the provisioning continues to be the most time consuming activity, see the figure below:Time spending by storage administrators

Ease of provisioning of ZFS volumes with Sun Fire x4540 will be very welcome by many practitioners of backup to disk. For example, right now we are implementing backup to disk for our customer who is the world’s largest supplier of innovative flash memory products. The provisioning of storage for backup is a challenge for their 48 TB of EDA data kept on Solaris servers.

The storage administrators who invest in an easy to use, affordable and scalable (both in capacity and network bandwidth) backup appliance utilizing Amanda Enterprise on x4540, will spend almost no time provisioning storage. I am sure they will find creative ways to spend their free time!
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Dmitri Joukovski

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