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Zmanda offers backup to Amazon S3

Zmanda, which backs the open-source Amanda software, now lets customers back up data to Amazon's S3 online storage service.

Zmanda, a company commercializing the open-source Amanda backup software, announced a partnership by which customers can store their data at's S3--the online Simple Storage Service.

The partnership spotlights the growing influence of Amazon's S3, which provides customers with online storage whose costs are tied to the amount of storage needed. It's one of several online services Amazon offers.

Amanda (Advanced Maryland Automatic Network Disk Archiver--a contrived acronym if ever there was one) has been around for years; Zmanda was founded in 2005 as a provider of commercial support. There are several others, too.