Backup reporting—it’s even more important in virtualized environments

The increased flexibility and cost savings delivered through server virtualization have been a boon to organizations.  However, virtualization has thrown backup a few curveballs. One of the complications relates to how IT staff plan and manage for things such as increased capacity in rapidly changing virtual environments. As enterprises realize they need additional capacity to support the influx of new virtual machines (VMs), storage spending is up this year, as noted in this IT Business Edge post.

 

Virtual machines are easy to create and change but the VM administrator may or may not be keeping the backup administrator up-to-date as changes occur.  This ad-hoc deployment of applications and their associated operating systems within VMs often results in an inefficient use of physical resources, including storage systems. As a result, advanced reporting functionality becomes even more critical with an increased need for capacity planning, management and analysis.

 

Employing robust reporting software in virtual environments can help you diagnose and troubleshoot potential backup and restore issues, as well as maximize physical resources. It’s one of the keys to strong data protection.

 

Optimizing virtualized environments with HP Data Protector Reporter

 

HP Data Protector software includes robust reporting capabilities, including a notification function that allows your organization to forward events to HP or third-party solutions. And should you need even more advanced reporting capabilities and a topographical view of your backup data storage environment, HP has your solution—new HP Data Protector Reporter software.

 

HP Data Protector Reporter delivers the backup and restore analysis engine necessary for optimizing virtual environments. This capability is especially important as new regulations and compliance requirements drive IT staff to validate backup and restore success and service-level agreements (SLAs).

 

The new HP solution helps you address critical questions, such as:

  • How can I validate SLA compliance to suit regulations or deliver on customer service?
  • How can I determine why backups may not be completed within the backup window? Is it hardware, software, LAN or SAN-related?
  • Are storage resources being used as efficiently as possible, especially in virtual environments?
  • How can IT staff validate backup ROI or success for management?

 

HP Data Protector Reporter is easily installed by IT staff.  It then delivers centralized, automated reporting to help you optimize operations and infrastructure. Its powerful reporting engine drives global, multi‑site backup and restore analysis. Data Protector Reporter also enables your IT staff to reduce the risk of data loss by easily identifying and troubleshooting issues such as failed backup clients, performance problems, and drive and media utilization.

 

Data Protector Reporter has more than 35 out‑of‑the‑box reports, including SLA and performance reporting.  It can also provide powerful customized ad‑hoc query and analysis flexible reporting. Collectively these reports help your organization optimize operations to meet SLAs, and optimize capacity and performance to improve cost.  Data Protector Reporter can also help you plan for growth and track compliance and SLAs in both virtual and physical environments.

 

To learn more about the capabilities of Data Protector Reporter, visit our HP Data Protector site.

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