As a native New Englander, I have been lucky enough to enjoy the spoils of many great coaches in recent years including Bill Belichick, Doc Rivers and Terry Francona (yes, even Francona). But do you think that the Patriots would have gone to 5 Super Bowls and won 3 (it hurts to type that ‘3’) if Belichick was coaching blindfolded? Even with a Tom Brady behind center, a team needs a coach with the visibility and insight into the entire field of play. Although it’s true in any sport, this is especially true in football with a roster of 53 players to manage.
As we discussed earlier this week, like any player or coach, an IT administrator needs visibility into their entire field of play to proactively manage their environment. In the world of data protection, this centers on the concept of providing data management services to users through products like Data Protection Advisor and Data Domain Management Center.
Data Domain Management Center provides administrators a single view for aggregate monitoring and reporting of all Data Domain systems in the environment. Below you see what I would call the Data Domain “playbook” – a customizable dashboard that shows the health, capacity and replication status of all systems in the environment.
While a playbook certainly makes for interesting reading, the real power comes when you call a play and share this information with the team. That’s where the reporting functionality comes it, shown below in the Reports section of Data Domain Management Center. This enables you to create customized reports that show status, capacity and replication of multiple systems. Best of all, you can schedule these reports to run on a schedule and be automatically distributed to a defined list of recipients. That means you can set up custom reports for different sites and DD Management Center will automatically run that report on a weekly basis and send the results to only the folks in each site.
Although providing data management services isn’t going to win you a Super Bowl anytime soon, it goes a long way in making you a hero in your organization.
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