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Vol. 5 No. 7 September 2006

To survive, backup reporting tools must expand their scope

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 ...

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Features in this issue

  • Tricky backup for SharePoint

  • CDP: Look before you leap

    Some pundits have postulated that continuous data protection (CDP) will replace backup. But is that just new technology hyperbole or is CDP a must-have technology?

  • Backup-to-disk performance tuning

    Disk-based backup can lower costs, reduce complexity and add scalability. But to achieve top performance, you'll need to do lots of benchmarking and watch for poorly configured production storage.

Columns in this issue

  • Backup best practices are always evolving

    Some new advances in backup, such as virtual tape libraries, represent evolutionary enhancements to the traditional backup process, while others like continuous data protection and single-instance storage are potentially far more transformational.

  • 10 points to consider before deploying an e-mail archive

    Selecting an e-mail archiving application based solely on features and functions may result in unexpected administration costs. Consider these 10 points before deploying an e-mail archiver.

  • Some small tech upstarts might play big roles

    Storage Bin: The big storage vendors are always trying to steal a piece of each other's pie. But some small tech upstarts might play big parts in determining who comes out on top.

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