With the release of Micro Focus® Data Protector 2018.09 (10.10), two new editions were introduced: Data Protector Express, specifically designed for virtual environments, and Data Protector Premium for hybrid (virtual and physical) environments. Both editions offer integrated reporting through Data Protector’s web-based user interface providing a single pane of glass for managing and getting insights in your backup environment; there is no separate installer or new support contract required.
While there are dozens of reports to leverage, I’m highlighting the top 3 that I recommend all backup admins should be running:
- Compliance Reports: RPO and RTO
RPO/RTO is THE main reason for doing backup. If you can't restore to a given point in time or it just takes too long your business processes might get out of sync and may even fail as well. It has to be an on-the-spot operation and you don't want to find out if you backed up the correct way when first using a restore. RPO/RTO information will help with your backup design and fine-tune over time.
- Advanced Reports: Advanced list of Sessions, Most unreliable Backup Specification
Advanced list of session gives you a lot of detail about the health of your backup activity. It lets you see weak spots easily and helps you create comprehensive statistics of what's going on. You can take this data to compare with previous stats or to compare with other backup configurations.
Most unreliable sessions tells you where backups are failing most and where a backup admin or operator should invest time first to solve an issue. You can drill down into a lot of detail which points you into the right direction for troubleshooting. Once changed you can run a report again to verify the improvements and close the support call/event.
- Configuration Reports: Session Status, Transfer rate (or size) per Backup Specification
Transfer rate/size gives you feedback about your overall design. It tells you how much capacity has been moved for a certain amount of time. This has a big impact on backup device planning and also gives you a baseline for fine-tuning schedules and performance, making sure all of your resources are used in an optimal way.
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