THE ULTIMATE REPORTING TOOL FOR YOUR BACKUP ENVIRONMENT

backupVISUAL™ for:

IBM Tivoli Storage Manager™
Symantec Backup Exec™
Symantec NetBackup™

The high demands put upon backup environments, with regard to operational reliability and performance, require continuous scrutiny of the hardware and software in use. Extensions of these environments therefore usually entail high investments. This monitoring is substantially eased with the use of reports.

The standardized products listed already offer a wide range of analysis functionalities today, but they are often too limited to fully meet the needs and requirements of the customers. Manual processing of the data however is usually only possible coupled with a large expenditure of time.

backupVISUALwas developed in order to substantially develop reporting capabilities. It represents a very efficient tool, which gives significant support to the people held accountable for the backups.

The concise diagrammatical presentation enables a fast evaluation of the analyses and therefore a faster reaction.

Cost optimisation with backupVISUAL™

  • Easier adherence of Service Level Agreements due to monitoring of backup quality.
  • backupVISUAL™ determines whether the existing tape drives are used optimally. Procurement of new tape drives can therefore be delayed.
  • More work resources can be kept free by obtaining the information automatically.
  • An optimal representation of tape utilization makes it possible to precisely plan the procurement of new tapes.
  • True costs: The representation of space allocation by the backup clients forms the basis for possible further invoicing.

Standard Reports

The backupVISUAL™ Reporter comes with a collection of some very useful standard reports. They are organized as follow:

  • Administration
  • Troubleshooting
  • Quality Management
  • Performance
  • Resource Utilization
  • Capacity Management
  • Finance Management

PERFORMANCE OVERVIEW

backupVISUAL™ is characterised by the following performance features:

Client-server application

Thanks to a consequential client-server architecture the backupVISUAL™ environment is ideally scaleable.

Flexible definition of reports

Instead of predefined reports, evaluations can be very flexibly defined in the backupVISUAL™. Various grouping and display options ensure that hundreds of different reports can be generated and printed out.

Retrieval of predefined reports

Frequently used reports can be saved as report templates and recalled at any time. For instance, weekly standard reports can be generated automatically and published on the company’s intranet.

Transfer of data to other applications

There are several different ways to transfer a report/data to other applications. Within the backupVISUAL™ Reporter, you can copy and paste them to any other windows application. Or you can them directly export in different formats (E.g. JPG, PNG, TIF, TXT, XLS, HTML, etc.). With the BatchReporter, using the templates, you can automatically feed other applications like accounting, data warehouse, etc. with actual data from your environment.

Flexible licensing

Licensing is grouped per backupserver and per number of backed up systems. Further backupVISUAL™ analysis workstations (=backupVISUAL™ Reporter) can be installed without additional costs.

Current data

The backupVISUAL™ - Collector carries together the data required for the analysis from your server at least once a day – or more upon request – and transfers it to the backupVISUAL™ Parser that will insert it into a database. Using more up-to-date data can shorten the response time in the event of problems.

Individual grouping and calculation

backupVISUAL™ offers the possibility to define your own groups and calculations. For example, reports which show actual backup costs per cost center or application can be directly created, printed or published.

Consolidation of backup environments

backupVISUAL™ not only enables users to analyze single backup environments but also to consolidate backup environments in different locations for precise analysis. It is for this reason that their systems can be better monitored.

Drill-In

The pertinent detail data for each value within a report can be called up at any time. Troubleshooting for example is substantially simplified by this functionality.

REPORT SAMPLES

Reports are designed to support the administrator with the management of his backup environment. Various reports are available to him for this purpose. The backupVISUAL™ Reporter comes with a collection of some very useful standard reports. They are organized as follow:

  • Administration
  • Troubleshooting
  • Quality Management
  • Performance
  • Resource Utilization
  • Capacity Management
  • Finance Management

The standard reports are part of the backupVISUAL™ Favorites. Depending on your backup application (NetBackup™, Backup Exec™, NetWorker™ or TSM™) the available reports under each group can vary.

All basic backupVISUAL™ report types are grouped in “Views”. Each “View” covers a specific array (E.g. information on media, information on performance etc.). The look and feel is identical for every supported backup application. The main differences are the names of various reports. E.g. within an IBM Tivoli Storage Manager™ environment you will see an “Activity Overview” instead of a “Job Overview”. Select your backup application to get an overview about the available reports under each view:

IBM Tivoli Storage Manager™
Symantec Backup Exec™
Symantec NetBackup™

You can follow this link to see some backupVISUAL™ Reporter screenshots from a larger Symantec NetBackup™ environment. They only demonstrate a very small subset of all possible options for each report type (report properties and chart properties), you can create with the backupVISUAL™ Reporter or BatchReporter.

backupVISUAL™ Screenshots

SUPPORTED PLATFORMS

Follow this link to get an overview about all supported backup applications and operating systems

backupVISUAL™ Supported Platforms