Zmanda to Enable MySQL Backups Through Tivoli

Zmanda, a provider of open source and cloud-based backup solutions, has announced a product that enables Tivoli administrators to incorporate backups of MySQL databases as part of an enterprise-wide backup and disaster recovery strategy. The solution, Tivoli Storage Manager (TSM) Option for Zmanda Recovery Manager (ZRM) for MySQL, enables MySQL users to manage their data protection policies through Tivoli.

"We continue to see MySQL getting more and more adoption," Chander Kant, chief executive officer, Zmanda, tells 5 Minute Briefing. Now that adoption is in the core data center, customers increasingly want to incorporate MySQL into their standard policies, which are sometimes managed by Tivoli Storage Manager, he explains. "This is one step in making this transition easier."

TSM is a centralized, policy-based, enterprise-class, data backup and recovery application. ZRM-TSM Option allows IT managers to implement live backup of MySQL databases and integration with TSM. ZRM-TSM performs full and incremental backups of MySQL and backup archives can be stored on any storage media. Combined with Zmanda Recovery Manager for MySQL, the product provides full functionality of a database backup agent for Tivoli. ZRM-TSM Option is designed by MySQL experts and system backup veterans at Zmanda, and, according to Zmanda, meets the needs of both the MySQL DBAs and system administrators.

"MySQL is very pervasive right now," says Kant. In general, even though most organizations may not have standardized on MySQL, and their core database might be Oracle or DB2, often they have MySQL for doing certain tasks, Kant observes. For example, Kant says, an enterprise might be using Oracle for their billing application, but MySQL will be the back end of all their web services. "That is the behavior that we are seeing a lot in the marketplace right now."

The ZRM-TSM Option has earned the Ready for IBM Tivoli software validation, which demonstrates that the software meets or exceeds IBM compatibility criteria, and successfully integrates with IBM Tivoli software products. The ZRM-TSM Option is also included in the IBM Tivoli Open Process Automation Library (OPAL), and provides IBM and Zmanda customers with a community of deployable resources.

ZRM is targeted at mid-sized and enterprise customers, and can be purchased through Zmanda's online store. The ZRM-TSM Option is available immediately as an add-on to ZRM 3.1. For more details on ZRM-TSM, go here.