• June 27, 2022

Backup Monitoring Solution

Backup procedures of any typical enterprise IT environment often run at night, sometimes shuffling data and spitting out tons of reports in a dark empty building, which is one of the many reasons a backup environment is always unusually challenging. Perhaps the same backup job has been failing every night for six months, but it’s been overlooked in the blizzard of information that nightly backups are generating. That 98% backup success rate may not be so good if it’s the same job that’s consistently failing. Or the reports produced by the backup device that the failing job runs on are confusing, or the reports aren’t even being produced and no one has noticed. Or the job has been failing so long that its failure has become part of the acceptable backup routine and everyone assumes the job is unimportant. That is, until disaster strikes.

Good monitoring tools are critical for a healthy backup environment, especially any environment using more than one backup products. Backup tools usually come with their own reporting tools, but the reports are often difficult to use and most organizations with multiple backup products are probably going to waste a lot of time reformatting data to standardize it and make it readable. Many organizations rely on backup monitoring solutions to protect their valuable data, but you need to choose the right solution.

 

What does an organization need in a backup monitoring solution?

A global view of the entire backup environment is one of the most important attributes for a backup monitoring solution. Pulling a lot of different reports from a lot of different backup devices and then trying to put them together in a coherent fashion is an exercise in frustration.

Good monitoring notifies the appropriate personnel as soon as an incident occurs. The next morning may be too late, and data can be lost if a job isn’t restarted within the acceptable backup window.

Job failures aren’t the only threats to backup environments. Some hardware failures should trigger immediate alerts. Administrators also need to be informed of potential problems. Lack of capacity can be a risk, and careful analysis is required to ensure that space isn’t being wasted and that poor media performance isn’t affecting the entire backup process.

An organization that provides backup solutions also needs to be aware of how backup success rates stack up against SLAs.

 

How does Rocket Servergraph rate as a backup monitoring solution?

Rocket Servergraph collects data from the backup environment and consolidates it in a MySQL database. Servergraph is a single-pane-of-glass solution that provides access to a wealth of data through a single interface.

Servergraph delivers real-time alerts. A problem can be addressed immediately—before it has time to become a larger problem. With Servergraph, the right person is always notified and notified promptly.

Servergraph’s alerts are configurable and can be customized for the needs of each environment. Servergraph’s reporting makes it easy to forecast capacity issues and do space analysis. Hardware performance issues are simple to diagnose and correct.

Servergraph’s customizable reports can be set up to report on specific SLA requirements and to ensure that specific requirements are being met. Reports can also be configured to ensure compliance and auditability.

Servergraph is a complete backup monitoring solution that provides everything necessary to ensure backups are running efficiently, compliantly, and safely. It keeps a vigilant eye on your entire backup environment, day and night, and makes sure that your data is always protected.

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