The Central Management Server (CMS) enables control of dozens or even hundreds of Backup Server to be managed from a single dashboard. The central management server typically runs on the same hardware as a Backup Server, but can run on distinct hardware. The CMS can be WAN-connected to the Backup Servers because only control—not data—pass between the CMS and the Backup Servers.
Improved control through the central dashboard means better information via reporting on backup performance (backup window, disk and tape utilization, failed backups). Further, global data management policies can be implemented to ensure corporate policies and legal or regulatory requirements are being met.
With the Central Management Server, administrators can set consistent policies across locations, quickly and easily. Global data management policies can be implemented to ensure that corporate policy and legal or regulatory requirements are being met. Global policy deployment delivers more control and easier management:
- Set global, regional, and granular local policies
- Easily change policies to meet new requirements
- Set specific encryption, compression, and performance policies
The Central Management Server allows multiple Backup Servers to be easily managed from a single point. Capabilities include:
- Improved control through the central dashboard leads to better information via reporting on backup performance (disk and tape utilization, failed backups, etc.)
Backup Servers appliances can be monitored, diagnosed, and managed from any location (data center, NOC, other field office, etc.) with the Central Management Server.
- Remote Management reduces costs because there is no need to have a local IT resource to manage data protection
- Remote Management makes management from a remote location as easy as local management