Linked by Eugenia Loli on Fri 28th Apr 2006 00:39 UTC
Original OSNews Interviews Zmanda, Inc. introduced recently the first business-ready open source backup solution: the Zmanda Network is a suite of enterprise-ready software and services based on the popular Amanda open source data backup and recovery technology. Today we are very happy to feature a mini-interview with Zmanda's CEO, Chander Kant.
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Good to see support for Amanda
by smithnath on Fri 28th Apr 2006 03:51 UTC
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Amanda is a good project, and it is good to see support for it.

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simplicity is the key
by product_guru on Fri 28th Apr 2006 04:15 UTC
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Amanda is a great backup but it is a challenge to configure it for the first time. It is good that finally somebody is thinking about simplicity of initial configuration. After you install Amanda though, it runs lights out.

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check backuppc
by undo on Fri 28th Apr 2006 07:24 UTC
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i'm using and i'm very happy with it. i'm using it for private purposes as well as for different companies of the size of 20 to 150 employees.
i run backups of linux and bsd boxen, windows and osx desktops. it's simple (for my private backups i use the default configuration files), it has remote administration _and_ remote restore by using a browser and it's secure (you can do backups over ssh).
like *amanda, it can't do hot backups of databases. if you want to do that, you'd have to stop the database engine with a pre-script, than backup the thing and restart the enginge with a post-script.

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Bacula anyone?
by subspawn on Fri 28th Apr 2006 08:51 UTC
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According to me Bacula is alot more business-ready than Amanda & derivates.

I ain't saying Amanda is bad, ofcourse not. But we provide linux services & installations and when it comes down to real business requirements from customers that want to use Open Source software, Bacula seems to be the best product. It supports alot of features that are still in the wishlist of Amanda. Just check it out at and read the featurelist, it's huge ! ;)

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RE: Bacula anyone?
by segedunum on Sun 30th Apr 2006 13:37 UTC in reply to "Bacula anyone?"
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Bacula works pretty well. I've used Bacula internally, and Veritas externally for an off-site backup, and in many ways Bacula is probably better to set up and use - and cheaper. It is pretty feature complete as well.

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Amanda for me
by JBird on Sat 29th Apr 2006 00:56 UTC
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I'm sure there are many fans of both Amanda and Bacula.

The big difference though is that a new company, Zmanda, with a very skilled development team, is committed to driving Amanda development and support. They have already made a huge contribution to the recent Amanda Community release V2.5, adding enhancements in stability and security. I'm betting that they will continue to drive the features that users really want.

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