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Dennis Byron

Talking to... Chander Kant of Zmanda, open source backup/recovery software maker

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At the Red Hat Summit, which was held in Boston in June 2008, I came across Zmanda. It’s based on an open source project called Amanda building backup and recovery software.

And at that time, Zmanda had just announced that it was delivering a new level of data protection for MySQL databases. Of course, MySQL was a hot subject at time because of the acquisition by Sun. By the way, I also found out at that conference that MySQL prefers I say MyS-Q-L but that's going to be an effort. Can't teach an old dog new tricks.

Together with Netapp, Zmanda offers a product called ZRM to enable MySQL customers to implement continuous data protection for mission critical databases. Zmanda also announced back in June that it had joined the Netapp Advantage Developer Program and that ZRM for MySQL has been certified for use with Netapp storage systems.

So a lot of interesting things going on there and therefore we’ve asked Chander Kant, who’s chief executive officer of Zmanda, to talk about backup and recovery in general. Chander is also a founder of Zmanda and has been involved on both the technology and business sides of open source software for some years. He was named one of the top 20 Linux Luminaries, in fact, back in 2004 by Linux World.

And prior to Zmanda, Chander founded and ran Linux Certified, which is an open source product and services company, and earlier in his career worked with Veritas. He holds a master’s in computer science from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and a BS from the Indian Institute of Technology. So let's hear about backup and recovery in this 8 minute podcast.

Dennis Byron’s blog on open source software: A longtime market research analyst follows what “the movement? means to business integration—in applications, infrastructure, as services, as architecture and as functionality.

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