Bocada Launches New VM Backup Monitoring Package

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2011-11-02 Print this article Print

Bocada Vision addresses issues of VM recoverability by providing insight into whether backups are successful and where recovery points are, among other data points.

Data-protection software maker Bocada on Nov.2 added a new product for those struggling in the virtual IT world with the introduction of a VM monitoring software package.

Bocada Vision provides insight into the data-protection operations of virtual environments. Users can monitor backup methods, performance, success and failures, problem and resource management, virtual environment recovery, configuration and storage utilization reports and errors to help minimize the complexity that virtualization brings to backup and recovery operations.

Complexity in management and deployment is the No. 1 problem that slows the installation of new virtualized systems, analytics firms that include Enterprise Strategy Group, Forrester Research, and IDC have reported.

Bocada Vision addresses issues of VM recoverability by providing insight into whether backups are successful and where recovery points are, the company said. It tells users what resources are being used to protect VMs and whether they are optimized while detailing the performance impact of protecting VMs. 

Kirkland, Wash.-based Bocada, which created the Data Protection Service Management (DPSM) model, is known for its Prism product, a storage software package aimed to help users get through the complicated, multiphase DPSM process.

Prism is designed expressly for backup service providers, MSPs and software-as-a-service (SaaS) vendors, as well as user organizations focused on delivering reliable data-protection services to internal or external customers.

Can Be Integrated with Prism

Even though it is designed as a standalone product, Bocada Vision can also be fully integrated with Bocada Prism to provide total physical and virtual protection of a user's entire backup infrastructure, the company said.

Bocada Vision will be generally available in the next few weeks with pricing established by VM instance. Go here to register for a webinar on the challenges of virtual backups featuring Enterprise Strategy Group Senior Analyst Lauren Whitehouse.


Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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