Feeds

Prism provides Bocada's backup vision

Release 2 is faster and better

High performance access to file storage

Backup may be broken, as FalconStor and others argue, but it's still out there, being used every day, and has to be used as best it can. Bocada's release 2 of its Prism backup reporting tool helps large enterprises do just that.

There are around 500 large enterprises using Bocada's reporting tools to manage more than 300,000 backup clients and servers, meaning an average of 600 backup instances per customer. Imagine you run a fleet of 100 vehicles of different types, using petrol, diesel or electricity, and you have to monitor fuel costs, insurance costs, breakdowns, accident rates and cost of ownership. Now your firm buys another and you manage two car fleets of a 100 cars each with different fleet management systems.

Then your firm buys another, and another and so on, until you are running six car fleets distributed across dozens of business units with 600 vehicles in total. That's what Bocada does with backup; it enables its customers to monitor and manage a backup infrastructure with multiple and different backup products spread across a large enterprise.

The multiple car fleet management analogy is apt when you consider multi-tenant occupation of cloud data centres and the need for the service provider to optimise backup processes across the multiplicity of tenants and their various heterogeneous backup products and schedules.

Prism release 2 has performance improvements for the creation of reports from very large data sets, like those from companies with hundreds if not a thousand-plus backup events in any one period.

There are five new treading reports. The first provides an overall view of the amount of data being backed up; the second looks at length of time it takes backup processes to run and how that is changing; the third looks at the use of backup media and its change over time; and the fourth looks at the number, type and distribution of backup errors over time. The fifth and final report provides a view of how overall storage changes over time.

These are all simple enough things when you have one backup product and one data centre, but can become horribly complicated to calculate when you have dozens of backup products and hundreds of backup events happening every week in multiple data centres.

Bocada has also announced a migration package for users of its Bocada Enterprise product to move to Prism. ®

High performance access to file storage

More from The Register

next story
Seagate brings out 6TB HDD, did not need NO STEENKIN' SHINGLES
Or helium filling either, according to reports
European Court of Justice rips up Data Retention Directive
Rules 'interfering' measure to be 'invalid'
Dropbox defends fantastically badly timed Condoleezza Rice appointment
'Nothing is going to change with Dr. Rice's appointment,' file sharer promises
Cisco reps flog Whiptail's Invicta arrays against EMC and Pure
Storage reseller report reveals who's selling what
Just what could be inside Dropbox's new 'Home For Life'?
Biz apps, messaging, photos, email, more storage – sorry, did you think there would be cake?
IT bods: How long does it take YOU to train up on new tech?
I'll leave my arrays to do the hard work, if you don't mind
Amazon reveals its Google-killing 'R3' server instances
A mega-memory instance that never forgets
USA opposes 'Schengen cloud' Eurocentric routing plan
All routes should transit America, apparently
prev story

Whitepapers

Mainstay ROI - Does application security pay?
In this whitepaper learn how you and your enterprise might benefit from better software security.
Five 3D headsets to be won!
We were so impressed by the Durovis Dive headset we’ve asked the company to give some away to Reg readers.
3 Big data security analytics techniques
Applying these Big Data security analytics techniques can help you make your business safer by detecting attacks early, before significant damage is done.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Mobile application security study
Download this report to see the alarming realities regarding the sheer number of applications vulnerable to attack, as well as the most common and easily addressable vulnerability errors.