Zmanda Launches 3rd Generation Cloud Backup
Forget Web 2.0 and anything else 2.0. Zmanda, the open source backup specialist, is pitching Zmanda Cloud Backup (ZCB) 3.0. Zmanda certainly has plenty of competition when it comes to online backup. But the company says ZCB 3.0 includes enhanced geography control across datacenters on three continents, optimized Microsoft Exchange data backup, bandwidth management, and cloud-based disaster recovery. And it drops the overall price, too. Here’s the scoop.
In order: ZCB 3.0 adds support for Amazon S3 storage datacenters in Singapore, meaning Zmanda’s solution is compatible with four regional storage locations across the continent of North America, Europe and Asia, which the company claims is more than any of their competitors. Obviously, this feature is aimed at making cloud storage faster and easier for global enterprises.
Also included in the release is support for Microsoft Exchange 2010 data and the Recovery Database (RDB) functionality. Zmanda says that ZCB 3.0 is now flexible enough to restore individual mailboxes or even individual items from the cloud without disturbing user access.
Bandwidth management is fairly self-explanatory: you can now keep ZCB from hogging all of an enterprise’s bandwidth during peak hours to maintain employee productivity, but during low-demand hours, you can let it loose and get faster backup and recovery speeds.
And speaking of backup and recovery, Zmanda Cloud Backup 3.0 now allows for full-fledged backup and recovery for Microsoft Windows machines — even if they’re virtual, the company claims. An endpoint-side scheduler can be set to do backups every so often, and in the case of theft, loss, or other, ahem, disaster, crucial data can be restored directly from the cloud.
Zmanda Cloud Backup 3.0 is available for solutions provider at a cost of $.15/GB/month, with a per-account monthly charge of $4.95. Those prices let MSPs protect an unlimited number of endpoints.
It’s always good to see a channel-focused cloud services provider like Zmanda develop their solution. My question: is it enough when numerous software and online backup companies already delivering disaster recovery as a service?