Today we announced a significant enhancement to our Zmanda Recovery Manager (ZRM) for MySQL product. Here are major highlights of this new version (2.1):
End-to-end support for Solaris: We have had increasing number of requests from customers for supporting Solaris. While we always protected MySQL databases running on Solaris, we needed customers to run the ZRM core engine on a Linux box. Now we are able to run the ZRM core engine on Solaris itself. So a pure Solaris shop can use ZRM without getting a Linux server. The coinciding of this support with MySQL’s acquisition by Sun was not a planned thing
Enhanced Snapshot support: One of the coolest features of ZRM is to be able to take advantage of underlying storage infrastructure whenever possible. Since version 1.0 of ZRM we have provided support for backing up MySQL using LVM on Linux. Now we are adding support for four major snapshot options: Windows Volume Shadow Services (VSS) snapshot, Network Appliance SnapManager, Veritas VxFS and Solaris ZFS. If your storage infrastructure supports any of these snapshot options, this will be the fastest way to backup your MySQL database - with zero impact on the application using the database. In fact, on Windows platform, ZRM 2.1 enables for the first time the capability of taking a fast raw backup of MySQL (using VSS). BTW, a crucial feature here is how ZRM uses snapshots for Restore. When a DBA requests a point-in-time restore, ZRM is intelligent enough to collate snapshot-based full backups with log-based incremental backups, to deliver the MySQL database in the precise state at requested point-in-time.
Global Management of MySQL databases: One key behavior we observe about MySQL databases is that they tend to propagate rapidly within organizations. Here at Zmanda, I can easily count close to 10 production MySQL databases, both inside and outside our firewall. Maintaining backups of multiple MySQL databases at a single repository tremendously reduces the complexity for DBAs. While we always had some form of remote backup capability, with ZRM 2.1 we now support centralized backup across all storage engines and across all operating systems. Our web based Zmanda Management Console allows this centralized management from anywhere, including from an iPhone!
Our goal is to make backup of live MySQL databases radically simple - enabling you to focus on your business applications.