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Significance of Data Backup and Recovery Tools

By CIOReview | Friday, September 2, 2016

In the modern technological revolution, the enormity of data is quite apparent and to manage it is a challenge in itself. Playing key role in business processes, risk management, and compliance, data forms the pulse of the business world. As such, more companies are looking for intelligent tools that help them store, manage, and protect their data spread across the business environment including applications, business processes, cloud, and on-premise IT systems. Through centralized management, one-click access, and simplified cloud data recovery capabilities, there are several backup tools available today that are ensuring business continuity even in the wake of disaster. Below, we discuss some of the intuitive backup tools:

Bocada Data Protection Management

Bocada’s vpConnect determines backup and replication success, capacity usage, file age and other metrics by querying log files and using backup target APIs. This tool helps administrators to steer between physical and virtual environment by combining Prism and Vision modules into a single backup reporting software product. Bocada’s software enables client monitor physical and virtual backups jointly, even if those backups are managed separately.

EMC Backup Advisor

The new Data protection Advisor (DPA) 6 is primarily build to support data protection applications and storage groups from EMC and other counterparts. It specializes in providing cloud vendors and enterprises with varied storage and backup environment. In addition, DPA 6 carries a new interface, analysis engine and supports its customers by the self-installation feature. With the collaboration of EMC and WysDM, EMC has augmented their support in terms of replication, deduplication, virtual machines, and storage platforms. The interface looks more like EMC's NetWorker backup software and its Unisphere management application for midrange storage arrays.

Symantec VERITAS Backup Reporter (Advanced Reporter)

Addition of support for disk based backup and more reporting features expanded the range of VERITAS Backup Reporter (VBR) 6.5. The update came into fold with latest customizable reports, tape drive utilization, and throughput reporting, and deeper integration with IBM's Tivoli Storage Manager (TSM). Virtual tape libraries targets integrated with Symantec software will be the highlights of new Symantec upgrade.

Recovery Tools in Practice

The service level agreement can be reviewed and audited by backup conclusion status of backup tools as it is able to track a history of backup successes and failures of certain data sets. In addition, a backup that over and again comes short on a particular document can show the requirement for a configuration change or a more sophisticated feature like online backup. The capacity to report and keep a history on particular backup failures at the file level or system object level is a first-class refurbishing characteristic. Meanwhile, augmenting to the traditional reporting capabilities, the reporting tools can induce failure notification or threshold alerts which comes handy in maintaining the real time monitoring feature. Administrators are assisted in taking immediate corrective measures through the real time monitoring instead of nagging on failure after the damage is done

Furthermore, analyzing the previous performance can be helpful in setting benchmark for the new installation’s performance. The data retrieved through back up can give an insight of large data volumes and completion time, which would eventually help in identifying and addressing deteriorating backup performance over time. Eventually enterprises need to measure growth and strategize the backup capacity, the information of keeping track of data stored and processed helps in achieving it. Keeping the growth of data stored under surveillance helps the data administrator to make capacity decisions before they become issues.