Archive for October, 2007

Zmanda At PLUG Mash

Thursday, October 18th, 2007

The Pune Linux Users Group had organized a Mash ( on October 13th and 14th ‘07.

Yet again, Zmanda asserted its support to the open source community by being an active participant at the Mash. Zmanda was conspicuous, by participating in all the events at the Mash

We had put forth two project ideas for the Mash. One was to find the most popular video/news viewed in India at any given time. And the other was to develop a Mobile-Mobile Chat Application.

The attendees were interested in both the project ideas.

Day 1 October 13th

At the Coding Session, Nikhil Bandiwadekar and Sachin Kale made significant progress in finding the most popular finance news viewed at any time. They used Yahoo Pipes for this purpose.

One of the attendees suggested the use of OpenMoko ( for developing the Mobile-Mobile Chat Application. Maitreyee Karmarkar did research about how OpenMoko can be leveraged.

Day 2 October 14th

Nikhil Bandiwadekar gave a presentation about Zmanda, the various product offerings and the work culture at Zmanda. This was followed by a demo showcasing MySQL Zmanda Recovery Manager for MySQL.

The attendees asked interesting questions about the features offered by MySQL ZRM.

Some of them also had suggestions about how Zmanda and the open source community can work together for a brighter future for both of them.

All in all, the PLUG Mash event was a significant step ahead in support of open source software.

Bay Area Linux Users Group talk

Monday, October 15th, 2007

I will be talking at Bay Area Linux Users Group tomorrow (Oct 16) in San Francisco about Amanda. I will be discussing state of Amanda and future plans. I would be happy to meet with Amanda users and developers in the meeting.

Details of the talk can be found here.

Amanda packages for Debian/Ubuntu distributions

Thursday, October 11th, 2007

Amanda server and client debian packages are available for latest (2.5.2p1) release. These packages are built with the same parameters as other packages in Zmanda downloads page. Using same compile-time parameters will make configuration of Amanda server and client(s) easier.

Debian packages can be download from Zmanda downloads page. If you have questions, please post them in Amanda forums.

Do I really need backups?

Friday, October 5th, 2007

I was reading, this article (subscription required) by Ben Worthen on WSJ about a study on how well companies are prepared for a disaster. I was not at all surprised by (one of) the findings (paraphrased):

…While 70% of 189 tech leaders surveyed by Forrester Research Inc. said that their companies are prepared for a disaster, the reality was quite different…

We run into this all the time, in talking to (prospective) customers. People “think” they are prepared for a disaster. The truth hits them when you start peeling the layers of the supposed plan. Some things to keep an eye on are

  • Is it robust and reliable?
  • Do you have the right resources engaged in the plan – both design and implementation?
  • How often are the plans tested?
  • How well is the plan documented?
  • How often is it updated?
  • How far away from the primary site is the disaster recovery site ?
  • Is there a plan B?

Just because someone in the company is keeping a copy of the files or database on a USB stick, does not mean you have backup. You need a robust solution which is flexible and simple to use. A good Backup and recovery plan is not a luxury, it is a necessity. The article concludes with:

Business people dont want to spend money on an IT project unless it’s likely to cut costs or add revenue. A backup plan does neither…..until disaster strikes

Enough said!