Microsoft Data Protection Manager 2010 Support ServicesMicrosoft has shipped Data Protection Manager 2010, an advanced backup-and-restore platform built specifically for supporting Windows file and application servers and clients. System Center Data Protection Manager 2010 offers continual,transparent backup of both physical and virtual computers to local or off-site disk drives plus off-line copying to magnetic tape, and permits fast, easy-to-manage restoration of entire computers or individual files. DPM's disk support delivers the performance and reliability you need to protect your critical business information without interrupting network availability, while Data Protection Manager's mag tape compatibility keeps long-term archiving expenses affordable and helps ensure adherence to contractual or legal data retention requirements.

Many small businesses still depend on outdated, tape-centric backup and recovery technology. In case of a serious IT failure, this can result in significant income loss due to prolonged network unavailability and, in the worst case, unrecoverable data. Tape-based backup solutions are unreliable because tape media is sensitive to mechanical wear and requires a tightly maintained warehousing environment. Microsoft recorded a whopping 17% failure rate when utilizing mag tape to back up their own operational servers. Tape is also low performance. Consequently, backups require periodic downtime, recovery points are commonly separated by days rather than minutes, and the restoration process is time consuming and tedious.

Data Protection Manager solves these shortcomings by supporting fast, dependable hard disks for short-term backup while restricting tape to long-term archiving. The speed of disks permits ongoing non-disruptive backup, reduces restoration point spacing to as low as 15 minutes, and substantially cuts restoration time. For improved disk system dependability, DPM supports high availability disk clustering and fault-tolerant storage arrays. New features of DPM 2010 include support for Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V virtual machines and Clustered Shared Volumes, the option to restore single files, database availability group (DAG) support for Exchange 2010, improved integration with SharePoint, and protection during a Live Migration procedure.

How Progent's Microsoft-certified Engineers Can Help You Integrate System Center Data Protection Manager 2010
Progent's Microsoft Gold-certified consultants can assist you to evaluate the costs and benefits of DPM 2010 and can help you in all facets of Data Protection Manager integration. Progent can help you:

  • Determine your recovery goals and create a backup/restore strategy to accomplish them
  • Design an efficient wide area network architecture to accommodate Data Protection Manager
  • Configure Windows 2008, Microsoft SQL Server, Exchange Server, and SharePoint to run with DPM
  • Configure Protection Groups and Storage Pools
  • Estimate and allocate disk space for backup
  • Plan tape rotation and management
  • Configure Protection Agents on computers on both sides of your firewall
  • Optimize backup and restoration performance

Additional DPM-related Support Available from Progent
Progentís Cisco CCIE network experts can assist you to create a robust network infrastructure that is economical to install and simple to manage and that offers maximum uptime and protection. Progent's CISSP-ISSAP security experts can assist you to produce and validate a business continuity strategy that is economically realistic for your business, provides security for your vital data, and reduces system downtime in case of a major network breakdown.

Call or Email Progent for Assistance from a Microsoft-Certified DPM 2010 Expert
To get in touch with Progent about engineering support for Data Protection Manager 2010 solutions, call 1-800-993-9400 or refer to Contact Progent.

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