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Tools to fine-tune your backups

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HP Storage Essentials Backup Manager. One of the many modules in the HP Storage Essentials SRM suite. Although it can be licensed separately for backup reporting, it depends on other Storage Essentials modules for cross-domain reporting. A limited number of backup products are supported and there's a lack of next-generation DPRM features. "Typically, you look at Storage Essentials Backup Manager if you're looking for an SRM tool that also does backup reporting," says StorageIO Group's Schulz. "But if you're only looking for a DPRM tool, you probably would look somewhere else."

Illuminator Virtual Recovery Engine 4.1. Illuminator approaches data protection management with a focus on disk-based data protection reporting and recoverability reporting. Virtual Recovery Engine is a leading-edge product when it comes to reporting on replicas, clones and snapshots. Although it currently supports only EMC Symmetrix and NetApp filers, its open architecture should enable Illuminator to grow the number of replication products it supports. Illuminator's current shortcoming is the limited number of replication products and backup apps it supports.

Servergraph Data Protection Expert is a comprehensive tool focusing on real-time reporting and flexible report presentation through easily configurable reporting dashboards and custom message boards. Servergraph, a division of Rocket Software, is able to leverage other Rocket Software products, making it a

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viable DPRM player with a product that has evolved beyond historical reporting.

Symantec Veritas Backup Reporter. This product's focus is on trending and analyzing historical backup data to ensure backups occur in line with defined policies. For real-time activities like monitoring the backup environment, Symantec defers to Operations Manager in Veritas NetBackup 6 or equivalent modules in other supported backup apps. Although Veritas Backup Reporter was designed for NetBackup, it supports other backup apps.

Tek-Tools BackupProfiler. A part of the Profiler family, it addresses storage reporting and management needs beyond backup. Extensive backup app support, the ability to report on NetApp filer snapshots, and a comprehensive list of historical and real-time reports make BackupProfiler a competitive reporting offering. "Tek-Tools is very broad when it comes to backup and infrastructure reporting and management, but the tools don't go as deep on data protection reporting as some of the other tools," says StorageIO Group's Schulz.

This was first published in July 2007

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