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Zmanda 4.0 The Overview Tab: Your Backup and DR Hub

When you are recovering critical data, every second counts! In the event of a disaster, it’s crucial to gain an insight into how the applications operate and monitor the data backup operations within the management landscape. A faster identification of critical issues and corresponding resolutions using a single, intuitive backup management solution is indispensable. With Zmanda 4.0 web-based user interface, it’s more than just a convenience.

The article covers a detailed breakdown of each aspect of the dashboard elements within the overview page of the ZMC 4.0 console.

About Zmanda 4.0

Zmanda 4.0 open-source enterprise backup solution is a development and distribution model that caters to the demand for a standardized way of managing backups at scale. Being a policy-based backup solution, Zmanda’s new offering is the fast loading GUI elements, designed by the open-source JavaScript library React. The UI offers a quick comprehensive view of all the backup components and their functional details- all arranged hierarchically across the navigation panel.

The Overview Tab

The overview page provides the status of the data backups, storage snapshots, and delta backups which are automatically refreshed from time to time. The features and capabilities not only provide deeper visibility into the backup deployments to multiple endpoints but also allows monitoring the progress and generating reports- all from a centrally managed console.

ZMC Dashboard Components – A Closer Look!

The overview page features the ZMC dashboard that provides the statistics about the backup runs and their progress. The dashboard consolidates the information about the backup operations in the most user-friendly manner. It includes the status of the operating system, backup agents, the data sources selected for backup, and the status of the most recent backup. The dashboard also includes a set of widgets that serves as a starting point from which you can drill down to viewing a set of metrics and backup operation details populating the dashboard.

Each UI card contains the information displayed in widgets. It is simple to customize the widgets based on the type of data backup, configure, and track the backup process for the resources using the ZMC 4.0 backup engine.

The following information is displayed on the dashboard page:

Components Description
AE Server Health This section indicates the status of each backup server in the ZMC “Cluster”.
AE Cluster Disk Details This section gives information regarding the storage space of each of the backup servers in the “Cluster”. The blue portion indicates the amount of space used and the green portion shows the amount of unused space.
Backup Runs This section gives you a complete status of how many backup runs were successful, failed, aborted on a particular date. There is another category of backup runs, which is “In Progress”. It indicates the number of backup runs that have not ended yet.
Backup Runs Details This section inform about the status of each backup and the level of backup is indicated by the length of the blue bar. The top right corner has a calendar icon, date can be selected by clicking on that icon, this will show the details of all the backup runs on that day.
Backup-Sets This section indicates the percentage of active and the number of inactive backup-sets. An active backup-set is one that has been linked to a “Schedule Plan” and activated, and an inactive backup-set is one that has not been linked to a “Schedule Plan” or it has been linked to a “Schedule Plan” but not activated.
Countdown Bar This section indicates the time left for the next backup run and shows the name of the backup-set that is going to be running.
Event Messages This sections shows all the error and notification messages generated by the console.
Source Status This section identifies the total number of storage devices created and what portion of total storage devices are protected and unprotected. A protected source is one that is associated with at least one active backup-set and in case a source is not associated with any active backup-set, it is referred to as unprotected.
Storage Devices This section represents the total number of storage devices created and what portion of total storage devices belongs to each storage category.

Actions

You can perform the following actions on the ZMC dashboard:

Actions Description
Pick a date from the calendar and fetch backup details of the backup scheduled. The status of the backups will be displayed wherein you can view the history of the backup for review.
Associate a source with the backup-set The event messages in the overview tab allows you to view the backup entry and the directory path of the completed event records.
View the list of protected sources or backup-sets The widget allow you to drill down to the list of source status that states whether the storage device is protected or unprotected.
View the active and inactive backup schedule You can identify the active and inactive backup schedule from the overview page that displays the updated status information of the backup schedule.

Wrapping Up

Zmanda’s centralized web-based dashboard facilitates navigation and the built-in commands for backup methods make it easier for the users to implement a robust backup and recovery environment. To take advantage of the latest functionalities, Zmanda 4.0 will roll out many new features and capabilities that you can leverage to meet data backup and protection requirements. Stay tuned to learn more about them from the Zmanda DR solutions page.