Microsoft DPM 2010 Backup and Restore ConsultingMicrosoft has shipped Data Protection Manager 2010, a powerful backup-and-restore platform designed specifically for supporting Windows file and application servers and workstations. System Center Data Protection Manager 2010 allows on-going,non-disruptive backup of both physical and virtual computers to local or off-site disks as well as off-line recording to tape, and permits fast, easy recovery of entire servers or individual files. DPM's disk drive backup delivers the performance and reliability required to protect your critical business data without disrupting network operations, while Data Protection Manager's tape drive support makes long-term archiving costs low and simplifies adherence to industry or legal data retention requirements.

Many small businesses still depend on obsolete, tape-centric backup and recovery solutions. In case of a serious IT breakdown, this can result in substantial revenue loss due to extended network downtime and, possibly, unrecoverable information. Tape-based backup solutions are vulnerable because tape media is sensitive to mechanical wear and requires a carefully controlled physical environment. Microsoft recorded a 17% failure incidence when utilizing mag tape to archive their own production servers. Tape is also low performance. Because of this, backups call for periodic server downtime, restoration snap shots are often separated by days rather than minutes, and the restore procedure is long and tricky.

DPM gets around these shortcomings by using high-performance, reliable hard disks for short-term backup and relegating tape media to long-term archiving. The speed of disks allows ongoing non-disruptive backup, reduces recovery point intervals to as little as 15 minutes, and substantially lowers recovery time. For enhanced disk system dependability, Data Protection Manager supports disk clusters and fault-tolerant storage arrays. New features of Data Protection Manager 2010 include support for Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V R2 virtualization and CSV, the option to restore individual files, Database Availability Group support for Exchange Server 2010, enhanced integration with SharePoint Server, and protection during a Live Migration process.

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

  • Determine your protection goals and establish a backup/restore strategy to meet them
  • Create an efficient wide area network topology to support System Center Data Protection Manager
  • Set up Windows Server 2008, Microsoft SQL Server, Exchange, and SharePoint Server to run with DPM
  • Set up Protection Groups and Storage Pools
  • Calculate and reserve disk space for protection
  • Define tape library rotation and management
  • Configure Protection Agents on computers inside and outside your network firewall
  • Optimize backup and restoration performance

Other DPM-related Support Offered by Progent
Progentís Cisco CCIE network experts can help you to design a robust network infrastructure that is economical to install and simple to maintain and that provides maximum availability and data protection. Progent's CISSP-ISSAP certified security specialists can assist you to create and test a business continuity plan that is financially realistic for your situation, provides security for your sensitive data, and minimizes system downtime in case of a major IT failure.

Call or Email Progent to Get Help from a Microsoft-Certified DPM 2010 Specialist
To get in touch with Progent about technical help for System Center DPM 2010 integration, call 1-800-993-9400 or see Contact Progent.

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