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Quick stats from summary report: QiNetix generates a summary report that provides a quick look at how backup operations fared.
Performance and features
Due to limitations inherent in a test environment, we couldn't scale the product to the hundreds or thousands of devices found in many large environments. However, the architecture of QiNetix follows the highly successful design of CommVault's Galaxy B/R product. That is, when a configuration becomes too cumbersome, it can be split into smaller, more manageable subgroups. Centralized management isn't sacrificed, as information from all sub-groups can be rolled up to a single master console.
QiNetix shouldn't be compared to general-purpose SRM products, nor should it be compared to B/R job-reporting tools. QiNetix actually falls somewhere between these two categories. Given the tight integration with Galaxy, IT organizations probably wouldn't consider a standalone implementation of QiNetix. QiNetix and Galaxy should be considered a B/R suite, and be compared to these types of suites.
Although QiNetix isn't as extensive as full-featured SRM products, it generates a tremendous amount of useful B/R information. For example, it generates reports about the speed and completion of backups, alerting administrators to jobs falling outside the backup window. It also provides reports about holes in the backup operation to identify vulnerabilities and risks of unprotected data. It provides this information in almost any configuration or combination of storage devices.
Rating the product
In rating the product, we focused on these aspects:
B/R is the low-hanging fruit for reducing storage costs and improving operations. Nevertheless, this "fruit" is surprisingly difficult to pick. In many cases, IT organizations don't have the tools necessary to identify and focus on the most important areas. Organizations may be well advised to take a fresh look at their B/R environment as a whole, and CommVault is worth checking out when they do.
This was first published in January 2005