By David Morgenstern  |  Posted 2006-08-18 Print this article Print

Testing the distributed storage system is a challenge, Gladwin admitted, as well as a vital issue to the project and any commercial ventures that will offer services with the grid architecture. "We spent most of the summer creating the tools to test the storage grid and we may publish that as another project," Gladwin said.
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Meanwhile, on the other side of show was a booth featuring the Amanda Project and Zmanda, its commercial counterpart. Zmanda executives said its Amanda Enterprise Edition backup software now supports the SUSE Linux Enterprise 10 platform. In addition, the company was made a member of Novells Market Start channel program. In the booth, the company was showing some forthcoming additions to the software, such as a rewritten GUI, as well as some new directions. Chander Kant, Zmanda CEO, said the company was in the process of writing modules that customers can use to back up specific open-source applications. The modules will be independent of the Amanda network-based backup. "Were calling them Zmanda Recovery Managers," Kant said. With the modules, customers will be able to back up an application using other software, such as Veritas NetBackup, across the network. "But all the APIs will be open, all the format of the disk will be open." Symantec recently released a free version of its storage management application, called Veritas Storage Foundation Basic. Click here to read more. Kant said Zmanda was targeting the needs of businesses running new Web 2.0 applications. "Dynamically created content from Web 2.0 appliactions—like that of wikis—is becoming more important, and the big players arent focusing on backing them up. Thats right at the heart of where we are because that data is being generally generated on open-source software using MySQL." In addition, the company was previewing concepts for the new Zmanda management console, due in the third quarter. It will be Web-based, using AJAX (Asynchronous JavaScript and XML) and Yahoos recently open-sourced libraries, Kant said. "We want the console to be simple to use, requiring no previous Linux or Unix knowledge," he said. The company has hired an ex-Apple Computer coder to develop the interface. We dont want to be just commoditizing the backup software because we can do it at low cost. We want to be different. Zmanda is going to be an order of magnitude simpler than Veritas NetBackup. We want it to be self-service. Of course, we have professional services too, but we want it to be simple." Another growing set of adopters are ISPs, Kant said, who want to offer backup as a service to their customers. A part of the new console design will help these service providers more easily manage these tasks. p>Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest news, reviews and analysis on enterprise and small business storage hardware and software.

David Morgenstern is Executive Editor/Special Projects of eWEEK. Previously, he served as the news editor of Ziff Davis Internet and editor for Ziff Davis' Storage Supersite.

In 'the days,' he was an award-winning editor with the heralded MacWEEK newsweekly as well as eMediaweekly, a trade publication for managers of professional digital content creation.

David has also worked on the vendor side of the industry, including companies offering professional displays and color-calibration technology, and Internet video.

He can be reached here.


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