Organizations that view Data Protection as an IT service, offered to either internal or external customers,  require a standard set of operational processes in order ensure successful delivery of backup services while driving down operational costs. Developed in partnership with leading enterprise customers and managed service providers (MSPs), the Bocada Data Protection Service Management Model (DPSM) outlines a series of backup best practices and processes to help improve operational efficiencies. By following the model, users can assess the overall effectiveness of the backup infrastructure, improve the ability to deliver quality data protection and recovery services, confidently meet backup service level agreements (SLAs), improve the ability to respond to backup compliance audits and continuously advance the effectiveness of data protection operations,  all while lowering the cost of data protection.

Click through the DPSM process to learn more or read our  DPSM Data Sheet .

  1. Health Check
  2. Policy Management
  3. SLA Management
  4. Change and Audit Management
  5. Operational Excellence
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Phase 1: Health Check/Assessment

Dashboard Provides Overview of Health of Backup Environment

Dashboard Provides Overview of Health of Backup Environment - Click to enlarge

The initial Health Check/Assessment phase helps reveal the true effectiveness of an organization's data protection environment, enables effective Problem Management by pinpointing, diagnosing and helping eliminate trouble spots and identifying opportunities for improvement.

Before Backup Health Check

  1. Limited visibility into company wide success and failure rates
  2. No common way to monitor/manage heterogeneous backup applications
  3. No effective way to manage/troubleshoot backup problems
  4. Challenged to pass backup audits
    • Takes too long to respond
    • Insufficient records available
  5. Backup policies not fully aligned with business policies
  6. No benchmark for capacity use
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Phase 2: Policy Management

Comprehensive View of Policies Helps Ensure Consistency and Highlights Anomalies

Comprehensive View of Policies Helps To Ensure Consistency - Click to enlarge

In the Policy Management Phase, users can evaluate existing policies to ensure they support the goals of the business (Examples: Are we effectively set up to meet RPOs and RTOs, and do we have the right retentions rates in place?). This phase exposes areas where Policies and processes can be modified to better ensure success, recoverability and IT business alignment.

Before Backup Policy Review

  1. Existing backup policies & backup processes not optimized
    • Retention rates too long/short
    • Inefficient resource utilization
  2. Redundant backup policies waste resources (bandwidth, capacity, media)
  3. Current backup processes not supporting SLA requirements
  4. Current backup policies not supporting regulatory requirements
  5. Inefficient scheduling causing bottlenecks
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Phase 3: SLA Management

Reports Enable Easy Communication of SLA Results To Stakeholders

Reports Enable Easy Communication of SLA Results To Stakeholders - Click to enlarge

Being able to deliver on SLAs is critical for operational excellence and customer satisfaction. In this phase users are encouraged to create a service catalog, accurately set services management SLAs and effectively measure adherence and success rates. Publishing reports promotes better communication results with customers thereby increasing satisfaction rates.

Before Managing Backup Service Level Agreements

  1. SLAs are often implied and not agreed to or signed off
  2. No standard way to monitor and measure SLA success
  3. Not communicating SLA compliance to customers (internal/external)
  4. No way to determine the impact of failures or policy changes on SLA success
  5. Customer not aware of cost of services
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Phase 4: Change & Audit Management

Immediately Track Results of Policy Changes

Immediately Track Results of Policy Changes and Impacts - Click to enlarge

DPSM is a continuous process, and therefore tracking change in the data protection environment is critical for exposing areas of risk, identifying unprotected assets, planning capacity requirements and confidently passing compliance audits.

Before Backup Change & Audit Management

  1. No means to track backup policy changes and their impact over time
  2. No repository of information on backup problem resolution
  3. No way to determine the cause of a "dip" in SLA performance
  4. Difficulty ensuring timely accurate response to backup compliance and regulatory audits
  5. Need to manually gather historical backup data for audits
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Results: Operational Excellence

Effective Use of Prism Solution Provides Optimal Results

Effective Use of Prism Solution Provides Optimal Results - Click to enlarge

Standardizing on the processes developed in previous phases enables streamlined operations, reduced TCO, increased IT business contribution and increased overall customer satisfaction. Our customers realize these general ROI results:

  1. Reduction in administrative task costs ~40%
    1. Eliminates need to build/run scripts
    2. Reduces time to identify/remedy problems
    3. Automates report publishing
  2. Reduction in capital costs ~30%
    1. Capacity requirements reduced through eliminating redundant jobs, modifying backup policies, better resource utilization (media)
  3. Other ROI factors
    1. Reduced risk/costs of downtime
    2. Ability to chargeback for services
    3. Increased customer satisfaction/reduced attrition

Before Data Protection Service
Management Processes

  1. Unaware of internal customer satisfaction ratings
  2. Backup processes & methodologies not standardized
  3. Under-investing in IT strategic planning
  4. Lack of effective cost planning for data protection services
  5. No on-going backup process improvement model


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