A typical health-check will take approximately 5 days depending on the size of the environment, this would typically consist of 3 days to collect and analyse the information and 2 days to record the findings, make recommendations and document the configuration. This would then be presented back in easy to read PDF format.
The following areas will be covered by the health-check:
Backup Architecture - Disk, Tape, VTL, SAN, LAN
Backup Volumes - Daily / Weekly backup volumes, Client capacity
Backup Strategy - What is being backed up, when is is being backed up and for how long is it kept. (Fulls, Incrementals etc...)
Backup Software Configuration - How is it configured and does it follow best practice.
Backup Policy Design – Policy / Job configuration and Schedule and Window overlap.
Backup Databases / Catalogs - Location, Disk layout, Disk performance.
Infrastructure /Architectural Analysis
Current Data Volume Analysis - What is currently being used
Data Throughput Capacity - What should be achievable with the hardware in the environment.
Server Build Analysis - Are the backup servers being utilised fully ?
Current Backup Performance – Multiplexing / Multistreaming, Throughput analysis.
Backup Reliability - Identify re-occurring issues with backups
General Software Configuration Review
Backup Software Version - Patch levels, differences in patch and release levels across Backup servers and clients (where applicable).
Device / Memory and Network buffer settings
Media and Device Management