Choosing the Right Backup Reporting Tool

By CIOReview | Monday, February 20, 2017
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Even though backup tools are installed in servers, most of those applications are inefficient to provide a proper report on the type of data, data remaining as well as error logs. Also, when a backup system shows up backup error logs, if not resolved, they might snowball quickly leading to uncontrollable data errors. Such errors could even take months of investigation, remedial fixes, and outages to bring the system back on track. This led to the development of data backup reporting tools that were introduced to make the backup reporting processes simple and easy for administrators. Backup reporting tools are designed to monitor and report data and keep log files about the complete backup process. These tools gather information within few days after implementation, and then enable administrators to understand the issues based on various work reports.

As organizations started to leverage the power of reporting tools, the market demand for these applications increased, making a rapid increase in the reporting tools providers. Research firm Gartner explained in its 2016 Magic Quadrant for Data Center Backup and Recovery Software that Commvault is the top-ranked enterprise backup company with their innovative solutions, but will have to stay agile as customers are feeling increasingly comfortable with using new technologies from smaller providers. These solutions, whenever an issue in the backup process is reported, immediately send alerts to the on-call administrator, thereby helping to prevent minor backup issues from growing into major errors. Some of the prominent solutions also include capacity planning features, helping customers plan their backup processes across the enterprise according to the requirements.

Recently, a backup application provider-Rocket added IBM i support to their backup and recovery solution. Last week the company announced that its Servergraph Professional product now supports IBM i, thereby enabling customers to view backup status alongside that of other backup tools, like NetBackup and Trivoli Storage Manager (TSM), reports itjungle.com.

Solutions

As data is ubiquitous in every business, data recovery solutions, as well as backup reporting tools market is booming. Today there are several organizations providing innovative data backup reporting tools. Take a look at some of the leading data recovery solution providers. 

1. Bocada

Bocada is an independent backup reporting suite especially designed for enterprises. Assuring business continuity since 2001, the solution independently validates backup success. According to the company, through patented, agent-less data collection technology and interfaces to over 15 backup products, Bocada simplifies an IT manager’s view of complex data storage environments. Also as Bocada reports are not part of a backup product, they provide customers with independent verification of backup processes. In the dashboard, the screen provides visibility to key backup success metrics and eliminates hours of data collection and compilation for compliance and SLA reporting, Bocada analytics shortens the path to failure troubleshooting and automate key aspects of backup administration.

2. Trivoli Storage Manager (TSM): While some of the applications are independent, the TSM manager is designed specifically for IBM TSM. The solution not only includes reporting, but also has management capabilities. According to the firm, the TSM Manager allows end users of IBM spectrum projects and Trivoli Storage Manager to manage, monitor, control, and collect report on all the phases of TSM.  

3. Servergraph: Designed by Rocket Software, the Servergraph solution gives a detailed report of the client’s backup environment. The solution also allows automating daily backups and getting prioritized real-time alerts, as well as insights into heterogeneous backup environments from a single view. The firm claims that Servergraph simplifies audit preparation and compliance reporting, and enables custom reporting by geography, and business unit. The solution supports EMC NetWorker, Symantec Veritas NetBackup and IBM TSM.

As the backup and recovery solutions are developing day-by-day, these applications also might come integrated with a reporting tool in the upcoming days, further simplifying the data administration.