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This article is part of the Vol. 4 No. 2 April 2005 issue of How to scale up with storage clusters
Remember the backup/recovery salesman's pitch? "If there's a problem with a job, e-mail alerts, pager messages and SNMP traps will be sent immediately." It sounded like a great deal at the time, but as they say, "Be careful of what you wish for." Industry analysts estimate that between 5% to 20% of backup jobs fail on a nightly basis, and the error messages resulting from these failed jobs can pile up faster than snow in a New England blizzard. Backup/recovery (B/R) applications can usually organize these error messages by nature and priority, but a storage administrator must still sift through possibly hundreds of messages to determine the problem's root cause, priority and remedy. There are an increasing number of backup reporting products on the market that go beyond the reporting capabilities of backup hardware and software, and promise to lessen backup pain. Backup reporting products Click here for a comparison table about backup reporting products (PDF). B/R reporting tools emerged as a category in 2000-2001, driven by new vendors that have provided ... Access >>>
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