For years, the saying in the business arena has been “it’s not what you know but who you know that matters.”
But that thinking has shifted, and today it really is what you know that matters more – whether you’re in management, IT, etc.
Knowledge IS power IF you can find it, organize it and leverage it. But too often organizations don’t have the visibility they need to verify that their vital business data is properly protected, or whether they are in compliance. Centralizing management and providing unified visibility into and insight across these diverse and dynamic backup environments is HUGE!
In the backup world, visibility has been a huge problem for years, not just from a backup administrator perspective but increasingly from an application or end-user viewpoint. That’s why we’re excited about the launch of EMC Data Protection Advisor (DPA) 6 today.
DPA 6 provides unified visibility and insight into backup and recovery environments. Better stated, it provides real proof of data protection through comprehensive monitoring, analysis and reporting.
With DPA, backup and VMware administrators (and their bosses) don’t have to ask questions like, do I:
- Know if my service levels are being met?
- Know if my critical data is protected?
- Receive information on the success/failure of backup jobs?
- Reduce backup errors and identify issues?
- Monitor across physical and virtual heterogeneous infrastructures?
- Make proactive decisions about my backup and recovery environments and plan storage and media purchases.
Specifically, DPA 6 provides:
- Unified visibility ensures to ensure data protection service levels: Gain clarity through DPA 6’s unified view so you can proactively report protection to stakeholders and compliance to auditors. The benefit is comprehensive understanding of overall data protection health, performance and reliability.
- Rapid access to vital information: Customers can self-install DPA in just minutes. By using DPA’s new dashboards, they will make be able to make better decisions because they will have access to more information in a single location. Service providers and IT administrator can enable stakeholders to verify service levels or other data on their own based on privilege or preference-based self-service access.
- Real-time monitoring and analytics: Get better predictability and assurance that mission-critical applications are protected. DPA offers fully-automated data protection processes. DPA 6 provides unified visibility and proven service levels for backup, which is particularly vital in rapidly-growing and changing environments. Monitoring the protection of VM’s in real time is vital in service provider and enterprise environments where data protection is implemented as a service.DPA supports VMware vMotion, and can keep track of VMs as they move around the environment. This capability is extremely valuable if a data set is not backed up, or even when a newly created VM is not covered by a protection policy.
- Data protection management for multi-tenant environments: DPA 6 offers multi-tenant data protection management, providing the enterprise-level scalability and flexibility required in cloud environments. Savings with DPA’s new architecture come from supporting thousands of tenants on a single DPA instance, and it does this without performance degradation by non-disruptively adding new nodes into running clusters or the ability to partition resources. By combining chargeback or show-back reporting for backup and replicated data, DPA makes it simple for IT departments (or service providers) offering IT-as-a-Service to charge back the level of service to the line of business (or by location or some other metric).
Why try a new approach to data protection management? You’ll know in 60 days.