Nexenta Systems and Zmanda Release Next Generation Backup and Recovery Solutions

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Zmanda to present and demo the NexentaStor integration at OpenStorage Summit 2011.

Zmanda provides extremely cost-effective and simple to use back-up solutions for our customers who prize openness and efficiency"
--Evan Powell, CEO of Nexenta

Zmanda™, the industry’s leading provider of open source based back-up solutions, and Nexenta Systems, the leader in OpenStorage solutions, today announced availability of jointly developed and certified back-up solutions. Amanda Enterprise (AE), Zmanda’s flagship network back-up product, now natively supports backup of NexentaStor powered storage appliances, as well as back-up of heterogeneous environments to NexentaStor.

Newly released Zmanda NexentaStor Client provides fast and efficient back-ups of data stored on NexentaStor. Data ships directly from NexentaStor to the Amanda Enterprise backup server, saving valuable network bandwidth. Zmanda Nexenta Client leverages various ZFS and zVol backup methods and is configurable to meet the needs of a specific workload. Zmanda NexentaStor Client also provides direct backups of raw volumes (zVols). For example if VMware based VMs are using volumes stored on Nexenta (accessed via iSCSI or Fiber Channel), Zmanda Nexenta Client provides raw backups of these volumes (while maintaining thin provisioning) without installing any client software in the VMs.

In addition, NexentaStor now has been formally certified as the destination of back-up files for the Amanda Enterprise server. Amanda Enterprise can perform network-wide back-up of heterogeneous systems, including Linux, Windows, Solaris, and OS X-based systems onto NexentaStor. NexentaStor, built upon ZFS technology, eliminates redundant back-ups, reduces business downtime, and ensures critical information is always protected and can be restored in seconds. With it, corporate compliance and rules of governance for data retention are managed easily. Users can reuse information across lines of business and industry. And the entire back-up environment can be managed from a single console.

“Zmanda provides extremely cost-effective and simple to use back-up solutions for our customers who prize openness and efficiency,” said Evan Powell, CEO of Nexenta. “Optimized back-ups of NexentaStor storage from Zmanda will enable our users to realize even more value from our platform.”

“NexentaStor provides open, enterprise-class storage based on ZFS, making it a perfect storage repository for Amanda Enterprise,” said Chander Kant, CEO of Zmanda. “With this integration, our customers will find NexentaStor a scalable and robust choice for storing their back-up files.”

Amanda Enterprise is an enhanced and supported version of the world’s most popular open source back-up and recovery software. Amanda Enterprise allows users to easily and affordably back-up, archive, and recover servers, workstations, desktops, and business-critical applications across a network. The back-up data and archives can be stored on disks, tape, optical devices, or storage clouds such as Amazon S3.

The Nexenta Client for Amanda Enterprise is available immediately for $300 and may be purchased from Zmanda Sales (zsales(at)zmanda(dot)com).

About Nexenta Systems
Nexenta Systems is the leading supplier of enterprise-class OpenStorage solutions. Its flagship software-only platform, NexentaStor, delivers high-performance, ultra-scalable, cloud- and virtualization-optimized storage solutions. Built upon ZFS technology, and running on any industry-standard hardware, NexentaStor eliminates vendor lock-in and provides open, unified storage management at a fraction of the cost of legacy systems.    

About Zmanda
Zmanda, based in Sunnyvale, California, is the global leader in open source based enterprise backup and disaster 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 60 countries trust Zmanda to protect their corporate data. For more information about Zmanda, please contact zsales(at)zmanda(dot)com or go to


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