Microsoft Data Protection Manager 2010 Backup and Restore ConsultingMicrosoft has released System Center Data Protection Manager 2010 (DPM 2010), a comprehensive backup-and-restore solution designed by Microsoft specifically for supporting Windows servers and clients. Data Protection Manager 2010 allows on-going,non-disruptive backup of both physical and virtual systems to local or remote hard disks plus off-line backup to tape, and enables rapid, easy-to-manage restoration of entire servers or individual files. DPM's disk support delivers the speed and dependability you need to preserve your critical business data without disrupting network operations, while Data Protection Manager's tape support makes long-term archiving costs low and helps ensure adherence to contractual or regulatory retention mandates.

Most small businesses still depend on outdated, tape-centric backup and recovery solutions. In the event of a major system failure, this can result in substantial revenue loss due to extended system downtime and, in the worst case, unrecoverable data. Tape-only protection solutions are unreliable because the media is subject to mechanical wear and requires a carefully maintained warehousing environment. Microsoft recorded a 17% failure incidence when using mag tape to back up their in-house production servers. Tape is also inherently slow. Consequently, backup processes call for periodic downtime, recovery points are commonly separated by days instead of minutes, and the restore process is time consuming and tricky.

Data Protection Manager resolves these problems by supporting high-performance, dependable disk systems for online backup and relegating tape media to long-term archiving. The speed of hard disks permits continual non-disruptive backup, reduces recovery point intervals to as low as 15 minutes, and dramatically cuts restoration time. For improved disk system reliability, DPM 2010 supports disk clustering and fault-tolerant arrays. New features of DPM 2010 include operation with Windows 2008 Hyper-V R2 virtual machines and CSV, the option to recover individual files, database availability group (DAG) support for Exchange 2010, improved integration with SharePoint, and protection during a Live Migration process.

How Progent's Microsoft Engineers Can Assist You Integrate DPM 2010
Progent's Microsoft Gold-certified engineers can assist your business to evaluate the costs and advantages of DPM and can help you in all facets of DPM deployment. Progent can help you:

  • Determine your recovery targets and establish a backup strategy to meet them
  • Design an efficient wide area network architecture to accommodate DPM
  • Set up Microsoft Windows Server 2008, SQL Server, Exchange, and SharePoint Server to work with DPM 2010
  • Configure Protection Groups
  • Calculate and allocate hard disk storage for protection
  • Plan tape rotation and management
  • Install Protection Agents on systems on both sides of your network firewall
  • Optimize backup and restoration performance

Other DPM Consulting and Support Available from Progent
Progentís Cisco CCIE network experts can help your company to design a robust network infrastructure that is affordable to install and simple to manage and that provides maximum system uptime and protection. Progent's CISSP-ISSAP certified security specialists can help you to create and validate a disaster recovery strategy that is economically realistic for your situation, ensures security for your sensitive corporate information, and reduces system downtime in case of a catastrophic IT breakdown.

Call or Email Progent to Get Assistance from a Microsoft-Certified DPM 2010 Expert
If you wish to ask Progent about technical support for Data Protection Manager 2010 integration, call 1-800-993-9400 or go to Contact Progent.

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