WysDM offers a smart way to manage backup applications
No more excuses for incomplete restores: WysDM manages multiple backup applications in one UI
Large enterprises, with dozens or hundreds of servers and hundreds or thousands of workstations may have many different backup products in operation. Realistically, it’s not feasible to monitor each separate app to ensure backups are completing properly, in the allotted time, and that the finished backup is the expected size.
WysDM for Backups 3.51 is an enterprise-oriented backup reporting tool that aims to change that. It interfaces with a large variety of backup applications, including EMC/Legato NetWorker, HP DataProtector, IBM Tivoli Storage Manager, NetApp SnapVault, Oracle RMAN, Veritas BackupExec, and Veritas NetBackup to provide reports across multiple backup applications and servers. It puts excellent reporting, alarm functionality, and historical trending and analysis tools into a dashboard that consolidates all backup information, as well as information for monitoring SAN switches, tape libraries, and storage arrays for proper behavior.
The WysDM for Backups server installs on a variety of OS platforms and supports data collectors on HP-UX, IBM AIX, Linux, Solaris, and Windows. I tested the installation on a Windows 2003 Server system and installed collectors on Windows and Linux systems.
Server installation requires a database and Web server. On Windows, it’s Microsoft SQL Server 2000 or 2005, or the lightweight, free MSDE (Microsoft SQL Server Desktop Engine) and IIS. In Windows-only environments, you may access the server through the Microsoft Management Console or browser. On other platforms, supported databases are the ones you’d expect: Oracle on Solaris; PostgreSQL on Linux.
Data-collector software can be installed on each system that is running backups, or one collector can gather data from systems that are running backups in an agentless mode. Although this is less intrusive and doesn’t require that software be deployed to each system, data gathered in agentless mode may be less complete because the types of data available through the OS or backup app vary widely. For instance, in my tests the agent tracked not only whether a backup job had been completed but how far along it was when it failed. The agentless version could only say whether the job had been completed.
Setting up the data collectors and connecting them to the WysDM server is a straightforward, quick process. WysDM interfaces with Active Directory and other LDAP services to easily assign report-creation and -viewing rights to various users or groups.
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