Amanda (software)

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TypeTape backup software

The Advanced Maryland Automatic Network Disk Archiver (Amanda) is an open source computer archiving tool that is able to back up data residing on multiple computers on a network. It uses a client–server model, where the server contacts each client to perform a backup at a scheduled time.[3]: 125-147

Amanda was initially developed at the University of Maryland and is released under a BSD-style license.[2] Amanda is available both as a free community edition and fully supported enterprise edition. Amanda runs on almost any Unix or Unix-like systems. Amanda supports Windows systems using Samba or a native Win32 client with support for open files.[4]

Amanda supports both tape-based and disk-based backup, and provides some useful functionality not available in other backup products. Amanda supports tape-spanning i.e. if a backup set does not fit in one tape, it will be split into multiple tapes.

Enterprise edition[edit]

A commercial version of Amanda was developed by the company Zmanda. It includes a management graphical user interface (GUI) and other features such as scheduler, plugin framework, and an optional cloud backup service support. The cloud backup option uses the Amazon S3 service from Amazon Web Services as the cloud storage provider and enables safe offsite storage of the Amanda backup data. The plugin framework allows for application-specific backups and is used by Amanda Enterprise to support applications such as Oracle database, Samba network share, NDMP, etc. Amanda Enterprise also supports image-level backup of live virtual machine running on VMware infrastructure.

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  1. ^ "Download Amanda".
  2. ^ a b c d Martineau, Jean-Louis (25 August 2017). "zmanda/amanda/AUTHORS". Public. GitHub. Amanda. Archived from the original on 16 December 2022. Retrieved 15 December 2022.
  3. ^ Joukovski, Dmitri; Weichinge, Stefan G. (23 January 2007). "4. Amanda". In Preston, W. Curtis (ed.). Backup & Recovery: Inexpensive Backup Solutions for Open Systems. O'Reilly Media. p. 125-147. ISBN 978-0596102463. LCCN 2007273944. OCLC 123539755. OL 7581383M – via Internet Archive.
  4. ^ "Zmanda Windows Client". Zmanda. 1 September 2016. Archived from the original on 27 September 2021. Retrieved 15 December 2022.

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