Archive for March, 2008

MySQL Backup and Recovery Training from Zmanda

Monday, March 31st, 2008

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Amanda at the UM-LUG

Wednesday, March 26th, 2008

Tonight, I visited Amanda’s alma mater, University of Maryland at College Park. I spoke at the local linux users’ group, UM-LUG, about Amanda and Amanda development. The group is mostly college students and recent grads, and asked a lot of great questions on a range of topics.

I began with a quick overview of Amanda and its basic structure, then jumped into a look at the new develpoment in Amanda, hilighting the Device API, Application API, Transfer Architecture, and the perl rewrite, and looking at some of the exciting new features each of these projects will enable. The audience was hungry for something a bit more technical, so we dove into the details of Amanda’s new data handling model as an example of the interesting engineering problems we get to solve.

At this point, we transitioned to a discussion mode, and talked about open-source development in general, comparing the communities and development processes of a number of well-known open-source applications: Firefox/Mozilla, Gentoo, Linux Kernel, Python, PHP, and Apache, to name a few. We talked about some of the challenges posed by a commercial entity contributing to an open-source project, and some ways to attract new developers to a project.

Hopefully, some of the attendees will give Amanda a try for their backup needs — the ease and affordability of offsite backups with Amazon S3 was particularly attractive — and perhaps one or two will become Amanda hackers!

Amanda at BaltoLUG

Monday, March 24th, 2008

Last Tuesday, I spoke at BaltoLUG — the Baltimore Linux Users’ Group — about Amanda. BaltoLUG meetings are fairly informal affairs, so this was more of a conversation about Amanda than a formal presentation.

I gave just enough description of Amanda’s setup and operation to start a discussion about the application’s strengths and weaknesses. We talked about some of the ongoing development and bandied about a few ideas about new applications or devices. Although this was a small audience of mostly non-programming admins, I hope I piqued someone’s interest in Amanda’s future, and encouraged some new users.

Sun/MySQL to resell Zmanda Recovery Manager for MySQL

Tuesday, March 18th, 2008

Today Sun and Zmanda announced our agreement to deliver a comprehensive, global data backup and recovery solution for MySQL Enterprise subscribers. Starting April 1st, MySQL Enterprise customers will be able to purchase ZRM for MySQL directly from Sun worldwide.

I think Zack’s comment in the press release captures the rationale for the deal:

“Protecting corporate data through effective backup and recovery is one of the most crucial tasks for a database administrator, and it can be a complex undertaking — especially for today’s large Web-scale applications,” said Zack Urlocker, VP of products, Sun Microsystems database group. “MySQL users have told us that global backup and recovery is very important to them, and we are thrilled that we can now offer ZRM for MySQL as an easy-to-use solution for protecting all of their MySQL data.”

Of course, at Zmanda we are thrilled as well. Sun’s sales channels will give us the opportunity to make MySQL Backups radically simple for ever increasing MySQL installations around the world.

Here is the full press release (

Webinar: New Levels of Backup and Recovery for MySQL

Wednesday, March 12th, 2008

Zmanda has introduced a new version of Zmanda Recovery Manager (ZRM) which adds quite a few capabilities for MySQL users. Version 2.1 includes enhanced snapshot support that enables backup without application downtime or interruption to online data access. Version 2.1 also has global management of backups so that you can manage all your MySQL backup jobs from a single graphical console. You can now run the entire ZRM solution on Solaris as well as on Linux.

Join us for an overview and a live demo of ZRM 2.1 on Thursday 3/20 at 10am PST. Click here to register.