Insights from Dave Friend: Why Zmanda is a Great Fit

by Lynnette Nolan | Nov 01, 2012
This week, Carbonite completed the acquisition of Zmanda - a leader in database and server backup (both to local media and to the cloud). I want to take this opportunity to share my thoughts on why this is so exciting.

Last summer we launched Carbonite Business, a version of Carbonite specifically tailored to small businesses.  It includes features that businesses were asking for like remote access, NAS backup, and file backup for Windows Server.  And we made the pricing simple: unlimited number of computers sharing 250GBs of storage (or 500GBs for the Premier version).  

While Carbonite Business does a great job of backing up computers and all their files, we did not attempt to backup production databases, such as Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle, Exchange, MySQL and others.  In talking to our customers and resellers, they made it very clear that backing up production databases was such a mission critical job that they would be very careful about adopting a new and untested solution.  So building a database product ourselves didn’t seem like the right solution.  Yet I knew that there were many customers and resellers who wanted to get both PC backup and Server backup from one vendor.  

When I met the CEO of Zmanda, a well-respected and established player in database server backup, I found they had the opposite problem – they did a great job of backing up servers, but since they didn’t offer continuous online computer backup like we do, they also wanted to provide a more complete solution.  That’s when we decided it would make a great deal of sense for Carbonite to acquire Zmanda.  I installed Zmanda on my home server and I was impressed with how simple it was to use, even though server backup can be pretty technical stuff.  And the pricing for Zmanda is a fraction of what similar functionality would cost from the leading legacy vendors.  

Zmanda is based on an open source backup system originally developed at the University of Maryland and is still one of the most widely used backup systems in academic and government data centers.  The Zmanda team saw an opportunity to provide professional support for Amanda and to create proprietary extensions for popular commercial databases and operating systems.  Zmanda has since taken primary responsibility for supporting the open source Amanda code, and they estimate that prior to their taking it over the open source community had already contributed over 200 man-years of development.  This is a very robust and mature product.  

Today, Zmanda is the sole commercial version of Amanda, which is now running on over one million systems and is one of the most widely used server backup systems in the world.  It was also one of the first server backup companies to recognize the value of the cloud.  So it is indeed a great fit with Carbonite.   

As we integrate the two products in coming months, we’ll be able to deliver an unparalleled range of cloud backup solutions to small businesses. Small businesses can have all their backup needs met by one company.  We’ve already started the process of training our Boston sales team and our customer support team in Maine on the Zmanda product line.  

If you are running nearly any SQL database or are running your own email server using Microsoft Exchange, please give us a call so that you can learn how Carbonite can now save you money and make your life simpler.  Feel free to contact us at 1-855-CARB-BIZ (1-855-227-2249) or BusinessTeam@carbonite.com, or if you’re a reseller, contact us at 1-877-391-4759 or resellers@carbonite.com.    

Regards, 
Dave Friend, CEO