Avoiding backup nightmares with data backup reports


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Backup reporting products
Bocada BackupReport CA ARCserve, HP OpenView Storage Data Protector, IBM Tivoli Storage Manager, Legato Networker, Veritas NetBackup, Veritas Backup Exec Very versatile product providing a common set of reports for a variety of platforms. Provides a SQL repository with the ability to easily modify and create additional reports. Reports can be automatically generated in a number of formats including HTML and e-mail.

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Veritas NetBackup Advanced Reporter Veritas NetBackup Provides 40+ predefined reports in HTML format, including Summary and Historical Trending information.
Servergraph/TSM IBM Tivoli Storage Manager Provides Web-based reports, status and trending data, and chargeback. Includes user-modifiable scripts.

Backup Report Categories and Examples
Data Protection Backup Status by Job Daily
  Backup Status by Client Daily
  Backup File Detail Daily
  Backup Summary by Job Daily
  Backup Summary by Client Daily
  Comparative data size from Incremental to Incremental Daily
  Media created Daily
  Current Offsite Media List Daily
  Comparative data size from full to full Weekly
  Backup Status Summary by Platform Weekly/Monthly
  Backup Status Summary by Department Weekly/Monthly
  Backup Summary Status by Application Weekly/Monthly
  Backup Status History by Client Weekly/Monthly
  Historic trend - Backup status Monthly
Remediation Error Frequency Report Daily
  Last Successful Full Backup by Client Daily
  Last Successful Backup by Client Daily
  Problem Register Daily
  Problem Resolution Report Weekly
  Historic Trend - Problem Resolution Monthly
Performance Job Scheduled vs. Actual Start-Stop Daily
  Backup duration by client/job Daily
  Hourly backup rate Daily
  Tape drive throughput rates/number of streams Weekly
  Client throughput per filesystem Weekly
  Average hourly backup rate Weekly
  Historic trend - hourly backup rate Monthly
Efficiency Media expired (Onsite/Offsite) Daily
  Media utilization Daily
  Historic trend - Average Tape Utilization % Monthly
  Historic trend - Capacity (Onsite/Offsite) Monthly
  Media Consumption by Server Monthly
  Media Consumption by Department Monthly
  Media Consumption by Application Monthly

This was first published in September 2003

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