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Vol. 7 No. 7 September 2008

Backup apps' reporting tools become more versatile

backup software is evolving. Technologies like dedupe that have been managed separately from backup are now becoming functions of some backup software products. Other vendors are integrating management of their own non-backup products and, in many cases, from other companies. Of the latter, one area gaining steam is integrated backup reporting, and heterogeneity is key. "Traditionally, the advantage of using a third-party reporting tool like Bocada or Aptare is that you can use their tool against multiple backup tools," says Eric Burgener, senior analyst and consultant at Hopkinton, MA-based Taneja Group. Backup software vendors have recognized the advantage of offering more versatile reporting tools. EMC had been OEMing WysDM Software's tool as Backup Advisor and acquired WysDM in April. "It's a pretty diverse world in terms of data protection software, and an environment-by-environment approach wasn't really cutting it," says Dan Cobb, CTO at EMC's Software Group. "Rather than going from console to console, the ability to do ...

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