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Obsidian adds Zmanda backup to portfolio

By   |  March 4, 2009

South African Linux specialist Obsidian Systems has finalised a reseller agreement with open source backup specialists Zmanda. The deal adds Amanda Enterprise, Zmanda Recovery Manager for MySQL and Zmanda Internet Backup to Obsidian’s growing portfolio of products.

Obsidian MD Muggie van Staden says that Obsidian pursued the deal because it was looking to expand its enterprise open source stack and identified backup and recovery solutions as a key part of its overall growth strategy.

“Plenty companies are realising the benefits of open source solutions amidst tough economic pressures in the market today. Every company that wants to remain in business requires backups and Zmanda offers a viable alternative to expensive proprietary backup solutions currently available. We are pleased to have such a high-profile open source partner on board,” says van Staden.

Van Staden says that the company is particularly interested in ZRM for MySQL, which he says is the first mission-critical backup and recovery solution designed specifically for MySQL databases. “Obsidian is a MySQL partner so it’s a natural mix for us and our customers,” he says.

With ZRM for MySQL, administrators can perform flexible backups, schedule full, incremental, raw and logical backups, use snapshot technologies, activate CDP and achieve point in time recovery among others.

Rich Nave, director of sales for Africa and Asia at Zmanda, says the company considers South Africa to be a fast growing IT market and decided that Obsidian would be the appropriate partner because of its solid track-record of delivering successful implementations and support in the local open source software market.

“Zmanda offers data protection solutions optimised for today’s infrastructure and priced for today’s economy. Our strong adherence to open standards and open formats gives greater flexibility to system administrators.”

“In fact, we believe that more and more system administrators in South Africa will move away from ad hoc approach to backup to a centrally managed and supported backup solution. Obsidian will be our eyes, ears and feet in this market,” concludes Nave.

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