Tools to fine-tune your backups


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Product assessment
DPRM tools are constantly evolving, with some products overlapping others in features and functionality. However, each product listed below has carved out its unique niche.

Aptare StorageConsole has a compelling list of next-generation DPRM features beyond backup reporting. Functions include a sophisticated predictive analysis engine, policy enforcement, cross-domain reporting, file-level reporting (currently, no other product does file-level reporting), and a three-tier architecture tailored for distributed and hosted environments. Aptare is working on increasing the backup apps it supports and its lack of disk-based data protection reporting.

Bocada Enterprise 4. Strong backup app support, a highly scalable architecture, an extensive list of historical and trending reports, and an impressive list of Fortune 500 accounts distinguish Enterprise 4. However, it trails Aptare and WysDM when it comes to next-generation DPRM features like predictive analysis, policy enforcement and real-time reporting. Bocada plans to add reporting for replicas and snapshots later this year, and a Web services API that supports service-oriented architectures.

Which backup reporting tool is the best fit?

The ability to verify the success of backup and recovery (B/R) applications is the top priority

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of any IT organization. Backup reporting comes in three flavors:
  • Reports integrated in B/R applications
  • Data protection and recovery management (DPRM) tools with multivendor B/R application support
  • Storage resource management (SRM) applications with integrated backup reporting
If your company has standardized on a B/R product, the integrated reporting option may suffice or you may opt for an advanced reporting add-on from your B/R vendor. If you have multiple B/R products deployed, a DPRM tool with multivendor B/R support may be your best bet. For a complex storage and backup environment, an SRM product might be best. Finally, if your backup environment has grown organically over time, B/R consolidation should be part of your strategy.

This was first published in July 2007

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