Google Cloud Storage, Zmanda Connect for New Service

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2012-03-08 Print this article Print

Zmanda provides its flagship network backup suite, Amanda Enterprise, as the connecting software, and Google chips in with its cloud storage capacity.

Open-source network backup software maker Zmanda and Google have shaken hands on a deal to offer a new cloud data-backup service.

Zmanda provides its flagship network backup suite, Amanda Enterprise, as the connecting software, and Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) chips in with its cloud storage capacity. Amanda Enterprise natively supports the backup of servers, desktops and applications to Google Cloud Storage, as of March 6.

The appropriately named Google Cloud Storage Option for Amanda Enterprise, itself a new product, works directly with Amanda Enterprise to perform network-wide backup of heterogeneous systems, including Linux, Windows, Solaris and OS X-based systems onto Google Cloud Storage.

Amanda Enterprise has been hooked up with Google Cloud Storage via the open RESTful API, provided by Google.

Amanda Enterprise encapsulates each backup archive as an object and stores it on Google Cloud Storage. Backup archives are created in open formats (e.g., ZIP64 for Windows and tar for Linux). The open architecture enables businesses to store their data on the cloud with no hassles and hidden costs of vendor lock-in.

In addition to being able to recover their data quickly using Zmanda's intuitive recovery interface, users can browse, read or delete their data objects through Google Storage Manager, Zmanda said.

Amanda Enterprise provides advanced cloud backup features such as location control, bandwidth throttling, and parallel streams for backups and restores. With it, corporate compliance and rules of governance for data retention and security are managed easily. The entire backup environment can be managed from a single console.

The Google Cloud Storage option for Amanda Enterprise is available immediately for $250. Go here for more information.

Chris Preimesberger is Editor of Features and Analysis at eWEEK. Twitter: editingwhiz

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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