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Published: 20 Oct 2012

Backup software tells you if a backup job failed. That should be enough, right? Yet a handful of vendors have carved out a business providing additional backup reporting tools. In their most basic form, these tools report across multiple backup processes, systems, platforms and devices. The tools aggregate information that IT would otherwise have to collect by rummaging through (machine by machine) numerous log files, flat files and transaction journals. Generally, they perform data collection without installing software agents and pass the results into their reporting and analytic engines. Results are stored in a relational database. "We have 2,200 servers we back up daily. We have no effective way of tracking what's going on or measuring it," says Douglas Bovie, head of infrastructure management worldwide at Orange Business Services, a telecom and hosting service provider. To ensure backups were happening as scheduled, Orange Business Services deployed WysDM Software's backup reporting tool over a year ago, primarily for its own internal use. However, ... Access >>>

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