SharePoint and MySQL cloud backup solution

Zmanda announced version 2 of its Zmanda Cloud Backup (ZCB) product, with new features such as cloud backup of MySQL and SharePoint, geography control, selective restore and security and performance enhancements.

The solution is designed for small-and-medium sized businesses that need a Windows backup solution for backup and disaster recovery of Windows File Servers, SQL Servers, Microsoft Exchange, SharePoint, Oracle and MySQL.

By utilizing the geography control feature, users can select the specific geography where they would like backup data to be stored in order to ensure optimal disaster recovery protection while remaining compliant with local data retention laws.

Selective restore capabilities were also added, which allows users to recover an individual file from a large directory rather than having to restore the entire directory to recover a single file. Windows Security Certificate-based encryption has been added for backup archives to provide security of data residing on the cloud.

ZCB is a GUI-based backup solution that allows Windows users to easily automate their backup and recovery process. Once it is installed and the backup process is set using its scheduler, it automatically backs up files, applications, databases, and networked devices to a storage cloud. The management console allows system administrators to schedule the extraction of backup data from live applications and the upload of backup archives to the storage cloud as independently scheduled operations, thus reducing the burden of backup operations on production applications and WAN bandwidth. It can also be used to protect either physical or virtual machines. The backups are stored in a native format, giving users the option to access and reuse their files even without ZCB.

The price for ZCB with a basic service level agreement consists of a pay-as-you-go cost of $0.20/GB/month ($0.25/GB/Month for EU) for data transfer and storage on the cloud, plus a monthly charge of $4.95 per account for the protection of an unlimited number of Windows servers.

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