What used to be called backup reporting is morphing into something more elegantly termed data protection management (DPM). But instead of unifying a specific roster of features and functions, the move to DPM is producing an expanding boutique of specialized products.
Today, for instance, backup reporting specialist Aptare, which started life as a services company back in the early '90s, unveiled the addition of capacity management to its StorageConsole software.
Up to now, StorageConsole has produced reports on the status of backup environments supported by EMC Legato Networker, Symantec's Veritas Netbackup, IBM Tivoli Storage Manager, and earlier versions of Symantec's Backup Exec. With this release, Aptare has expanded the list to include HP Data Protector and Symantec Backup Exec 11d. (See Symantec Supports Exchange '07, Aptare Tackles Capacity Management, Big Bytes Finalists Named, Big Bytes Winners Named, SAN Software Takes Center Stage, HDS to Work With Aptare, Overdue Backup for Backup and Who Makes What Updated.)
Now, the vendor can also produce reports on primary disk array usage, as well as the backup environment. "We can show you what percentage of storage is free and allocate it in the array," says Richard Clark, the Aptare CEO.
StorageConsole can also list which departments are exceeding their allocated storage. (See Qualcomm.) "One of the biggest challenges is working out who has got what," says Tony Wessells, Aptare's vice president of worldwide marketing. "Customers can put a reclamation policy in place to take capacity back from users and abusers."