“Zmanda is challenging the way backup products and services are being delivered by offering more choice and flexibility — a refreshing proposition for users who don’t want to lock up data in proprietary formats or proprietary clouds,”said Lauren Whitehouse, analyst, Enterprise Strategy Group. “The latest release of Amanda Enterprise introduces media and cloud enhancements that provide alternatives for how and where applications and data are protected and how customers pay for it. Given the economic climate, Zmanda may provide a welcome relief to customers’ backup ails.”
Zmanda has broadened its portfolio of application and database agents in Amanda Enterprise 3.0 to include live backup agents for Microsoft SharePoint Server 2007, PostgreSQL, and EnterpriseDB’s Postgres Plus product family. These agents allow administrators to perform hot backups at any time without impacting users and applications thus increasing their own productivity as well as that of their users. Further, Zmanda agents provide uniform backup methods across all applications so that administrators don’t have to learn and keep up with application-specific methodologies.
“We are delighted that Amanda Enterprise now has official support for Postgres Plus,” said Andy Astor, co-founder and EVP of Business Development, EnterpriseDB Corporation. “Our users are deploying Postgres Plus to serve data needs of mission-critical and advanced Web 2.0 applications, and data protection is on top of their minds. Zmanda’s Postgres Plus Agent enables DBAs to easily backup and recover their Postgres Plus databases.”
Disaster recovery functionality has been enhanced in Amanda Enterprise 3.0 with support for disk-to-disk-to-tape (D2D2T) and disk-to-disk-to-cloud (D2D2C) backup operations. Users now have the ability to backup to disk and then vault a tertiary backup to either tape or the cloud on their own schedule when bandwidth allows. Additionally, new location directives have been added for backing up to the cloud, giving users the ability to select the specific geography where they would like their backup data stored to ensure optimal disaster recovery protection and meet compliance requirements.
“Organizations must protect their data to ensure compliance and business continuity, but with dwindling budgets IT managers are finding it exceedingly difficult to fulfill these critical business needs with fewer dollars,” said Chander Kant, chief executive officer, Zmanda. “With its enterprise-level functionality and value price, Amanda Enterprise 3.0 is the ideal data protection platform for today’s economy.”
Other enhancements in Amanda Enterprise 3.0 include:
Amanda Enterprise is an enhanced and supported version of the world’s most popular open source backup and recovery software. Amanda Enterprise allows users to easily and affordably backup, archive, and recover servers, workstations, desktops and business-critical applications across a network. The backup data and archives can be stored on disks, tape, optical devices or storage clouds such as Amazon S3.
Targeted at SMBs and departmental customers, Amanda Enterprise 3.0 is in beta and will be generally available within 30 days through Zmanda’s online store at a starting price of $100 per client and $300 per application agent. For more information, please contact email@example.com or visit www.zmanda.com/aee.
Zmanda, based in Sunnyvale, California, is the global leader in open source enterprise backup and recovery. The company’s products — Amanda Enterprise, Zmanda Recovery Manager (ZRM) for MySQL, and Zmanda Cloud Backup (ZCB) — make it simple and affordable to backup and recover data in an increasingly complex and heterogeneous IT environment. Amanda Enterprise is an enterprise-grade, network backup solution based on Amanda, the world’s most popular open source backup and recovery software with more than half a million active installations worldwide. ZRM for MySQL is the first mission-critical backup solution designed specifically for MySQL databases. ZCB is the first Windows backup solution to backup both files and live applications to the Amazon S3 storage cloud. Businesses in more than 40 countries trust Zmanda to protect their corporate data. For more information about Zmanda, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or go to www.zmanda.com.
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