Symantec is adding reporting capabilities for Veritas backup applications in hopes of filling a void in its products that created a niche market for a bunch of smaller vendors. (See Symantec Adds Reporting.)
Veritas Backup Reporter is designed to track backup jobs to ensure they meet service level agreements, monitor resource utilization, and add chargeback capabilities. It is mainly aimed at enhancing Symantec's NetBackup and Backup Exec applications, although it does support other vendors' applications.
These types of reports were long absent from backup applications, denying customers important information about their backups. (See Veritas Pummeled by Panel.) Third-party applications from vendors such as Aptare, Bocada, Illuminator, Tek-Tools, Servergraph, and WysDM popped up to address the failing. These smaller vendors labeled their products data protection management (DPM). (See Startups Strive to Save Backup.)
"It's high time we saw something like this from Veritas," says analyst Arun Taneja of the Taneja Group. "Smaller vendors created data protection management products because there was a gap from the major players."
Other backup vendors have added reporting capabilities in recent years. CommVault and Hewlett-Packard offer reporting in their backup applications, and EMC sells WysDM software as EMC Backup Advisor under an OEM deal. (See CommVault Ratchets Up Reporting and EMC Makes Legato 'Wyser'.)