Are you seeing any increased interest in backup monitoring tools today?
There actually does seem to be a significant amount of interest in backup monitoring products lately. In some ways, the demand for backup monitoring software seems almost counterintuitive. After all, almost every backup application contains some sort of notification engine, so why does an organization need to invest in a dedicated application to monitor backups?
The reason why backup monitoring software is becoming more popular is because it is able to help an administrator to better cope with the complexities of modern backups.
At one time, a backup application's job was merely to facilitate the copying of data from a backup source to a backup target. Today things are far more complex than they once were. In addition to copying data, backup servers commonly perform other tasks such as data deduplication and changed block tracking.
Not only has the backup software become responsible for performing a wide variety of tasks, the backups themselves have also changed. Organizations might perform any combination of server backups, file-level backups, virtual machine backups or application backups. In addition, backup sources and targets might reside on premises, in the cloud, or both.
The bottom line is that backup administrators have a lot more things to keep track of these days. While it is true that some of the better backup applications offer comprehensive reporting engines, backup admins sometimes find themselves using a variety of different backup applications. This is either as a result of corporate mergers, or because the backup application that the organization has long been using is simply inadequate to deal with all of the different backup operations that need to occur.
Backup monitoring software is designed to collect all of the alerts generated by backup applications and then compile those alerts into a meaningful report. That way, instead of having to look at dozens of different status messages, a backup admin can look at a single backup summary.
Dig Deeper on Backup and recovery software
Related Q&A from Brien Posey
Some cloud-based DR service providers are using removable media to circumvent any restoration and synchronization issues customers might encounter.continue reading
You don't always need users' passwords to fix problems with Windows desktops. If the computer is domain-joined, you can use any account.continue reading
While it may seem that you should never switch off the deduplication process, there are two instances where that may be the best solution for your ...continue reading
Have a question for an expert?
Please add a title for your question
Get answers from a TechTarget expert on whatever's puzzling you.