WysDM offers a smart way to manage backup applications
No more excuses for incomplete restores: WysDM manages multiple backup applications in one UI
The historical trending feature will show its worth only over time, but it can be highly valuable. Showing trends in percentage of tape used on each cartridge, how many backups fail in a week, backup device utilization, percentage of backup window in use (if you run backups only at particular times), and so forth are all invaluable tools to proactively identify and fix issues.
WysDM integrates well with other management apps. For example, it will send XML or SNMP traps to other applications with alerts or historical data. It can also launch other applications, such as a SAN switch management app, from the WysDM GUI, so you can fix problems without switching applications.
Given the potential downsides to not meeting backup targets for disaster recovery or regulatory compliance, any organization with a complex backup infrastructure should consider a tool such as WysDM. I was very impressed with Version 3.51: It offers a 30,000-foot view of backup operations, along with the ability to easily drill down to find and fix problems before they cost the company big money.