Simplifying Backups with Zmanda Recovery Manager

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An easy-to-use yet comprehensive backup and recovery solution for MySQL databases is at the top of every DBA's wish list.
Recovery

ZRM simplifies the full or incremental recovery of lost data. Using ZMC, you select a backup set to be restored and specify a MySQL server to which to restore. If you want to verify your data manually after recovery, ZMC provides an option to shut down the MySQL server after recovery is complete.

Another option is point-in-time recovery, which lets you restore data selectively. Using the Visual Log Analyzer in ZMC, you can perform incremental recovery by specifying a given point in time or a binary log position up to which you want to recover.

To test ZRM's recovery functionality, I successfully restored the backups created from earlier tests. I also successfully restored the quick snapshot raw backup image of my million-record table to my remote MySQL server.

Help

Even though the ZMC interface is relatively easy to understand, you may need more information about a specific ZRM feature. Fortunately, ZMC provides context-sensitive on-line documentation through the Zmanda Network. Other helpful resources include the Zmanda Wiki, forums and blogs. Zmanda's active on-line Community is helpful and responsive.

A Star in the Making

Zmanda Recovery Manager provides a robust, open and cost-effective backup and recovery solution for organizations relying on MySQL for their critical data. ZRM simplifies an otherwise intricate process of backup and recovery by managing complex open-source utilities through its Web-based console.

As with any evolving product, there always is room for improvement. Here are some of my suggestions: a smarter graphical installer that automates post-install tasks done manually today; a more sophisticated management console that enhances the user experience; snazzier graphical reports (think Google Analytics); and a ZRM virtual appliance (VM image) for easier deployment in virtualized environments.

Try out ZRM's open-source Community edition today. You'll see how effortless MySQL backup and recovery can be.

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