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Data protection management alerts users to backup success or failure
This article is part of the January 2014 Vol. 12 No. 11 issue of Storage magazine
Sometimes, a failed backup isn't detected until an attempt to recover data fails. New data protection management tools can provide early warnings about data protection gaps. Backup is a fundamental responsibility of every data center or storage manager. But as the storage environment being protected becomes more diverse, it's difficult to ensure that the data on every system has been backed up successfully. Given the critical nature of most systems, managers need to know quickly if there's a problem in the data protection process. To meet this need for timely and accurate backup status information, a new class of software offerings -- known as data protection management (DPM) -- is emerging that promises to not only sound an alert the moment a backup fails but provide guidance as to how to fix the problem. CIO enlightenment While backup operations may be relegated to a system administrator, it's still important for CIOs and other higher-level data managers to know what's going on with their data protection process. Ultimately, ...
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