Open Source Backup & Recovery

The leader in cloud backup & open souce backup

Amanda is the most popular open source backup and recovery software in the world. Amanda protects more than a million servers and desktops running various versions of Linux, UNIX, BSD, Mac OS-X and Microsoft Windows operating systems worldwide.

Key Reasons for Wide Adoption of Amanda

  1. Amanda simplifies the life of a System Administrator who can easily set up a single server to back up multiple networked clients to a tape- or disk-based storage system.
  2. Amanda is well documented and can be set up very rapidly.
  3. Amanda provides the unique capability of writing backups to tape and disk simultaneously. The very same data could be available on-line for quick restores from a disk and off-site for disaster recovery and long-term retention.
  4. Since Amanda does not use proprietary device drivers, any device supported by an operating system works well with Amanda. The System Administrator does not have to worry about breaking support for a device when upgrading Amanda.
  5. Amanda uses native dump and/or GNU tar utilities. Since there are no proprietary formats, in case of emergency, data could be recovered with native utilities, regardless of whether or not Amanda is still installed.
  6. Amanda is very secure. Encryption on the client ensures security of data in transit and encryption on the backup server ensures security of data at rest, e.g. on a tape or on a Cloud. Amanda supports up to 4096-bit keys with public-key cryptography as well as 256-bit AES encryption.
  7. A unique scheduler optimizes backup level for different clients in such a way that total backup time is about the same for every backup run. Amanda frees the System Administrators from having to guess the rate of data change in their environments.
  8. Amanda is stable and robust because of high quality code
  9. The Open Source Amanda project has a large and productive Community that grows every day.

Explosive data growth, combined with demanding requirements for data availability, has placed a tremendous burden on IT operations staff at businesses of all sizes. Yet, many organizations do not have the staff or budget to purchase and manage complex and expensive backup and recovery software products.

Amanda Enterprise was designed to address these challenges–providing a backup and recovery solution that combines fast installation, simplified management, enterprise-class functionality, and low-cost subscription fees. As an open source product, Amanda Enterprise only uses standard formats and tools — effectively freeing you from being locked into a vendor to recover your archived data.

Centralized Management for Heterogeneous Environments

  1. Centralized Management for Heterogeneous Environments
    Backup and recover a few, dozens, or even hundreds of Linux, Solaris, Windows, VMware, and Mac computers, as well as your databases and applications, using one web-based management console. Data can be stored on tape, disk, optical devices, or online storage (public or private storage clouds).
  2. Powerful Enterprise-Class Protection with Radically Simple Administration
    Gain all the functionality needed by most mid-size enterprises without the extra bells and whistles that increase user complexity and inflate costs. Installation and configuration is quick and simple. Advanced features – such as Amanda Enterprise’s unique intelligent scheduler and point-and-click restore – further speed and simplify operations.
  3. Wide Platform and Application Support
    Amanda Enterprise supports Linux, Solaris, Windows, VMware, and Mac OS X clients. Amanda also protects databases such as Oracle and Microsoft SQL Server, and the data in e-mail applications including Microsoft Exchange. See the Compatibility Matrix table for a complete list of supported clients and agents.
  4. Open Source: Industry Standards
    Industry standard data formats allow you the flexibility to recover your data with or without Amanda Enterprise being installed. All other commercial products use proprietary methods that lock you into their product, requiring its use to restore your own data!
  5. Low Cost of Ownership
    Reduce your IT costs with subscription fees that are up to 80 percent less than licensing costs for competitive products. Simplified and centralized operations improve administrator productivity, further reducing the cost of ownership.

When Bad Things Happen to Good Amanda Backup Servers.

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