Unigroup's May 2006 Meeting Announcement

The AMANDA Open Source Enterprise Backup System

Ian Turner,

Thursday, 18-MAY-2006      (** 3rd Thursday **)

Alliance for Downtown NY Conference Facility
104 Washington Street      (Between Rector and Carlisle Streets)
South West Corner of Wall Street Area
Downtown, New York City
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6:15 - 6:25 PM Registration
6:25 - 6:35 PM Ask the Wizard - Questions, Answers and Current Events
6:45 - 7:00 PM Unigroup Business
7:00 - 9:30 PM Main Presentation


AMANDA, the Advanced Maryland Automatic Network Disk Archiver, is an Enterprise-Class Network Backup System developed by the University of Maryland.


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	Alliance for Downtown NY Conference Facility
	104 Washington Street
	Wall Street Area
	Downtown, New York City

This building is located on the West side of the street. Cross Streets: Between Rector (South) and Carlisle (North) Streets.

Our meeting location is in the Lower West Corner of Downtown, North of the Battery Tunnel, South of the Downtown Hotel, North of the Resturant, East of West Street, and West of Greenwich Street. Walking West on Rector Street from Broadway, you pass Church, Greenwich then Washington Streets.

There are multiple blocks of parking lots right there, between Washington and Greenwich Streets, starting at the Battery Tunnel and extending North for a number of blocks.

Nearest mass transit stations, in order, are the '1/9' (Rector Street), 'R/W' (Rector Street) and the '4/5' (Wall Street).


AMANDA is a popular open-source backup and archiving package. AMANDA uses native tools, and can back up a large number of machines running various versions of the Linux, Unix, or Windows operating systems. This talk will discuss the state of AMANDA, and also new project developments. For more information, please see http://wiki.zmanda.com/.

The main topics to be covered are:

Web Resources

  Amanda homepage: http://www.amanda.org
  Amanda wiki:     http://wiki.zmanda.com
  Amanda forums:   http://forums.zmanda.com
  Zmanda homepage: http://www.zmanda.com


Ian Turner has been involved with Amanda since 1998, when he installed it on his home computers after the sixth hard-disk crash in three years. Amanda served his needs quite well, but there were also itches to scratch, so in 2000, Ian started making contributions to the Amanda code base. In that year he was accepted as a member of the Amanda core team. Today Ian develops Amanda full-time, as a Zmanda engineer.


Zmanda offers proven and cost effective open source data protection solutions. By leveraging the open source development model, we are able to provide our customers with the very best quality software and significant cost savings. Our mission is to enable leading data protection solutions such as Amanda, the world's most popular open source backup and recovery solution, for the enterprise. These solutions will be available at a fraction of the cost of incumbent vendors, providing Zmanda customers with a low cost of ownership and high return on investment. In combination with our unparalleled support we have everything you need to keep your business up and running. Zmanda's software, support and services provide our customers with the peace of mind that their business will maintain continuous operations and that they will be in compliance with government regulations.


O'Reilly has been kind enough to provide us with some of their books, which we will continue to raffle off as giveaways at our meetings.

Addison-Wesley Professional/Prentice Hall PTR has been kind enough to provide us with some of their books, which we will continue to raffle off as giveaways at our meetings. Addison-Wesley also has a new end-user discount, available through their User Group program. We will be announcing the details at our next meeting!

Unigroup would like to thank both companies for the support provided by their User Group programs.

Note: The chances tend to be about 1 in 5, that any attendee of our meeting will walk away with a fairly valuable giveaway (ie. many of these books are valued between $30 and $60)!


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         Student Yearly Membership:                      $ 20.00
         Non-Member Student Single Meeting (with ID):    $  5.00
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Complimentary Food and Refreshments will be served.

Please join us for this meeting, you won't want to miss it!

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