Microsoft Data Protection Manager 2010 ConsultingMicrosoft has shipped System Center Data Protection Manager 2010 (DPM 2010), an advanced backup-and-recovery platform built specifically for supporting Windows file and application servers and workstations. System Center Data Protection Manager 2010 allows continual,non-disruptive backup of both physical and virtual computers to local or off-site disks plus off-line recording to tape, and permits fast, easy restoration of whole servers or single files. DPM's disk drive support delivers the performance and dependability you need to protect your critical business information without interrupting network availability, while Data Protection Manager's mag tape support makes long-term archiving costs low and helps ensure compliance with industry or regulatory data retention mandates.

Many small businesses continue to depend on obsolete, tape-centric backup and restore technology. In case of a major system failure, this exposes them to significant revenue loss because of extended network unavailability and, in the worst case, lost information. Tape-only backup procedures are unreliable because the media is subject to mechanical wear and requires a tightly maintained warehousing environment. Microsoft recorded a 17% failure rate when using tape to archive their in-house operational servers. Tape is also inherently low performance. Because of this, backup processes call for scheduled server downtime, restoration snap shots are commonly separated by days rather than minutes, and the recovery procedure is time consuming and hard to manage.

Data Protection Manager resolves these shortcomings by using fast, dependable hard disks for short-term backup while relegating tape to long-term archiving. The speed of hard disks allows continual non-disruptive backup, reduces recovery point intervals to as low as 15 minutes, and substantially lowers recovery time. For enhanced disk system dependability, Data Protection Manager 2010 supports disk clusters and fault-tolerant arrays. Innovations with DPM 2010 include support for Windows 2008 Hyper-V virtual machines and CSV, the option to recover individual files, database availability group (DAG) support for Exchange 2010, enhanced integration with SharePoint, and full data protection during a Live Migration procedure.

How Progent's Microsoft Consultants Can Assist You Integrate System Center Data Protection Manager 2010
Progent's Microsoft-certified consultants can help you to evaluate the costs and benefits of DPM and can help you in all phases of DPM deployment. Progent can assist you to:

  • Determine your protection targets and create a backup/restore policy to meet them
  • Create an efficient wide area network architecture to support System Center Data Protection Manager
  • Set up Microsoft Windows Server 2008, SQL Server, Exchange Server, and SharePoint Server to work with DPM
  • Set up Storage Pools and Custom Volumes
  • Estimate and allocate disk space for backup
  • Define tape rotation and administration
  • Install Protection Agents on computers on both sides of your firewall
  • Optimize backup and restoration performance

Other DPM-related Support Services Available from Progent
Progentís Cisco-certified CCIE network engineers can assist you to create a resilient network architecture that is affordable to install and simple to manage and that provides maximum system availability and protection. Progent's CISSP-ISSAP security experts can assist your company to create and validate a business continuity plan that is economically realistic for your business, provides security for your vital data, and reduces system downtime in the event a major IT breakdown.

Contact Progent for Support from a Microsoft-Qualified DPM 2010 Specialist
To ask Progent about consulting assistance for Data Protection Manager 2010 solutions, phone 1-800-993-9400 or go to Contact Progent.

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