Zmanda Launches First Comprehensive Backup for MySQL

The low-cost, open-source backup and recovery package is tuned specifically for MySQL requirements, the company says.

Open-source backup and recovery software maker Zmanda on Sept. 25 introduced what it claims to be the first comprehensive, enterprise-class backup and recovery software designed specifically for MySQL databases.

Zmanda Recovery Manager for MySQL is the first backup and recovery solution that meets the specific requirements of MySQL database administrators and also provides enterprise-class backup and recovery features, a company spokesperson said.

ZRM for MySQL includes a full set of backup and recovery tools in an integrated, low-cost package.

With ZRM for MySQL, DBAs can prevent the serious damage caused by data loss in the event of system or database failure, the spokesperson said.

It includes essential, enterprise-class functionality for MySQL DBAs, such as granular recovery capability, an automatic backup scheduler, the ability to set backup retention policies, and reporting and monitoring.

ZRM for MySQL also integrates with a variety of network-based data protection solutions, the spokesperson said.

"Zmanda is leveraging their expertise to provide solutions that address data backup issues throughout the enterprise," said Joshua Greenbaum, principal of Enterprise Applications Consulting in Berkeley, Calif.

"Backup and recovery software that meets the rigorous requirements of enterprise-class MySQL implementations has been sorely missed in the MySQL market. ZRM for MySQL fills this need with a low-cost package that will strengthen MySQL as a choice for business-critical enterprise applications," Greenbaum said.

With more than 10 million active installations, including top Internet and Web 2.0 businesses, MySQL is clearly one of the worlds most pervasive databases, Zmanda CEO Chander Kant told eWEEK.

"ZRM for MySQL provides a business-ready backup and recovery solution that will further accelerate the adoption of MySQL as a database of choice for mainstream enterprise applications," Kant said.

Depending upon which survey is referenced, MySQL is either the No. 2 or No. 3 most deployed server database in the world, with about 32 percent of the enterprise market. Microsoft SQL Server (No. 1) and Oracle are also in the top three worldwide.

"As MySQL gains widespread adoption and moves more broadly into the enterprise, ZRM for MySQL addresses the growing need among database administrators to protect their digital assets with a comprehensive backup and recovery solution," said Marten Mickos, CEO of MySQL AB, an open-source database company based in Stockholm, Sweden.

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"Zmanda is a valued member of MySQLs ecosystem, and their open-source backup solutions are an excellent complement to MySQLs open-source database offerings."

ZRM for MySQL includes:

  • MySQL storage engine awareness: ZRM for MySQL detects the specific storage engine that is being used by MySQL and then implements a backup process that is optimized for that storage engine.
  • Local and remote configuration support: ZRM for MySQL can be implemented on the database server or can manage backups of the database server from a remote system.
  • Granular recovery: ZRM for MySQL can recover a database to any point in time or to any particular database event between two backups.
  • Backup analysis: ZRM for MySQL enables the DBA to analyze backup performance measurements and their impact on application operations.

ZRM for MySQL also includes enterprise-class backup and recovery features such as:

  • Automatic backup scheduler: ZRM for MySQL can schedule full and incremental backups of MySQL database. These backups can be logical or raw.
  • Backup Policies: ZRM for MySQL allows the DBA to set retention policies that meet compliance requirement or corporate governance standards.
  • Monitoring and reporting: ZRM for MySQL provides predefined, user customizable reporting and as well as real-time monitoring of backup activity.
  • Network integration: ZRM for MySQL integrates with any existing network backup solution, such as Amanda.

ZRM for MySQL is available in an enterprise version and a community version. The enterprise version is available as part of a paid subscription to the Zmanda Network that includes certified and pre-compiled software, technical support, knowledgebase access, software updates and security alerts.

Pricing ranges from $50 to $500. More information can be found here.

The community version is available at no cost and can be downloaded here.

Zmanda, based in Sunnyvale, Calif., also offers an open-source network backup solution, Amanda Enterprise. Launched in April 2006, Amanda Enterprise is a business-ready version of Amanda.

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