Centera Reporting as a Service

Centera Reporting as a Service

The Centera Reporting as a Service (CRaaS©) has been designed for Organisations that need to have confidence in the archive and ensure that data is aligned to the current policies across their Centera estate. This is delivered through improved visibility and reporting, but without the need for dedicated resources or skills.

Reciprocal helps companies to stay compliant with legal requirements and safeguard against possible litigation.

Protect themselves from data inconsistency between replicated clusters and between applications and clusters.

Understand their capacity utilisation and maximise their current and future return on investment.

Prepare for migration of data from one application to another, one Centera to another or from Centera to another Dell EMC storage platform.

Create hierarchical relations for reporting and analysing Centera utilisation and creating automated chargeback and billing reports.

Provide reports to enable compliance teams to understand their policies and where data is residing to make informed decisions and have documented evidence confirming compliance.

How We Gather The Data

At the core of the service we use all 4 modules to ingest and gather the data, below is a highlight of what the 4 modules will provide for you. These are:
  • Compare;
  • Capacity Trending;
  • Chargeback;
  • Retention.

  • Reciprocal Reporting Modules Retention

    Conforming absolutely and without fail – to both internal and external regulations can be the key to building a trusted relationship with your customers. It can also be the key to staying out of legal difficulty. Are your applications and staff absolutely conforming?

    Retention reports on all data that has passed its retention period but that has not been deleted. In addition, Reciprocal also reports on data that has not passed its retention period but that has been deleted. These reports enable you to judge how your applications and staff are performing against your retention policies.


    In a world where data can be the key to business success, companies need to be 100% sure that their data is fully protected as expected in case of site disasters.

    Compare helps you to ensure both the consistency and completeness of a replicated environment or between a cluster and an application: Cluster Compare

    In a replicated environment, Reciprocal finds inconsistencies between the replicated clusters: are the C-Clips and blobs on cluster A also on cluster B? Cluster compare also shows how long the clusters have been out of sync enabling you to identify a specific time-based event that caused the situation. If we find consistency issues, you can create a clip list that can be used with standard Centera functionality to bring both clusters back in sync.

    Cluster Application Consistency

    In cases where the application can export a list of content addresses of the files it has written to the Centera (such as with Dell EMC Documentum), reporting on the data that has been written/deleted by the application but that has not been written/deleted by the Centera (and vice versa). In certain cases, we may be able to create a clip list to aid in bringing the cluster/application back in sync.

    Capacity Trending

    When budgets are tight, knowing exactly what capacity you use and what capacity you will need are essential to maximising your assets.

    Trending reports on the amount of data stored on the Centera over time. You can see the trend of data growth, identify which applications are writing the most data, and understand the size and type of data being stored.

    Trending can help to plan for new capacity increases, in preparation for migration to a new Centera or another storage platform, and to choose the most efficient storage strategy.


    Through its object-based storage approach, Centera enables companies to store excessive amounts of data from many departments and users without the management overhead. But companies may still want to charge each department or user for the actual usage of the Centera.

    Using Chargeback allows the reporting to create capacity usage reports based on department, project, application or any other field within the Centera metadata. With Chargeback you can dynamically map any metadata to any chargeback entity. Even if you haven’t identified charging entities in advance, you can still create chargeback reports from other kinds of identifiers contained in the metadata. As organisational changes occur, you can simply and quickly re-map the reports allowing you to recreate and maintain chargeback entities in a changing environment.

    Once reports are created, you can export them or extract them through the API for use in external applications.

    Reporting Service

    CRaaS© includes the infrastructure and licenced modules to deliver the following capability based on quarterly reports. The full details of the reports and services will be discussed in a full scoping workshop but covers;

  • Compliance: Provide visibility to enable the Client to understand their compliance position through the delivery of detailed retention reports;
  • Detail of any synchronisation issues or inconsistences between clusters;
  • On-going Management: Quarterly reports to compare, re-sync and delete data to match the policies;
  • Accurate Capacity Management: Capacity reports and trending to allow storage management, budget allocation and indicative timeframes to capacity breaches;
  • Business Alignment: Detailed chargeback reports aligned to the application or business function enabling cost transparency and transition of ownership to the business Includes 10% Growth based on the Health Check Reports;
  • Fixed Price Service over the during of the contract;
  • Executive Summary to align with the business and recommendations.

  • Length of Contract

    The length of the Contract can be based on 2 or 3 years and in line with your current Centera solution. This allows for well-planned Centera consolidations, high Speed migrations as well as allowing your support levels and End of Life and End of Service Life Nodes.

    Annual Reporting Service Deliverables including Maintenance and Support:
  • Quarterly Reporting followed by and Annual Review Licences;
  • Ongoing ReSync and Deletion of Legacy and Retention Data;
  • Capacity Trending to ensure maximisation of Configuration and capacity usage;
  • Chargeback, usage of Application(s) to Centera;
  • Regular Health checks and reporting run Quarterly;
  • End of Life and End of Service Life monitoring;
  • Presented in both PDF and PowerPoint.

  • For budgetary pricing or for a formal proposal contact