Microsoft System Center DPM 2010 Support ServicesMicrosoft has shipped System Center Data Protection Manager 2010, a comprehensive backup-and-recovery solution built specifically for protecting Windows file and application servers and clients. System Center Data Protection Manager 2010 allows continual,transparent backup of both physical and virtual computers to local or remote disk drives plus off-line backup to tape, and permits fast, easy-to-manage restoration of entire computers or single files. Data Protection Manager's disk support delivers the speed and reliability you need to protect your vital business information without disrupting network operations, while DPM's mag tape support keeps long-term archiving costs low and helps ensure compliance with contractual or regulatory retention requirements.

Many small companies continue to depend on outdated, tape-based backup and restore technology. In the event of a major IT breakdown, this exposes them to substantial income loss due to extended system unavailability and, possibly, lost records. Tape-based protection solutions are unreliable because the media is sensitive to mechanical wear and requires a tightly maintained physical environment. Microsoft reported a 17% failure rate when utilizing mag tape to back up their in-house operational servers. Mag tape is also inherently slow. Consequently, backups require scheduled server downtime, recovery snap shots are commonly spaced apart by days instead of minutes, and the restore process is long and hard to manage.

Data Protection Manager gets around these shortcomings by supporting fast, reliable disks for short-term backup and restricting tape to long-term storage. The high performance of disks permits ongoing transparent backup, shrinks restoration point spacing to as low as 15 minutes, and dramatically lowers restoration time. For enhanced disk system reliability, DPM 2010 supports high availability disk clusters and fault-tolerant storage arrays. New features of DPM 2010 include support for Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V R2 virtual machines and Clustered Shared Volumes, the option to restore single files, Database Availability Group support for Exchange 2010, improved operation with SharePoint, and protection during a Live Migration procedure.

How Progent's Microsoft Consultants Can Help You Deploy System Center Data Protection Manager 2010
Progent's Microsoft Gold-certified engineers can help you to assess the costs and benefits of Data Protection Manager and can assist you in all phases of DPM integration. Progent can assist you to:

  • Define your recovery targets and create a backup/restore policy to accomplish them
  • Create a cost-effective multi-site network topology to support System Center Data Protection Manager
  • Set up Windows 2008, Microsoft SQL Server, Exchange Server, and SharePoint to work with DPM 2010
  • Configure Protection Groups and Custom Volumes
  • Estimate and reserve disk storage for backup
  • Plan tape library rotation and management
  • Install DPM Protection Agents on computers on both sides of your network firewall
  • Optimize backup and recovery performance

Additional DPM-related Support Offered by Progent
Progentís Cisco-certified CCIE network experts can help your company to create a robust network infrastructure that is economical to deploy and simple to manage and that provides maximum availability and protection. Progent's CISSP-ISSAP security specialists can assist your company to produce and test a disaster recovery plan that is economically sensible for your business, provides security for your sensitive data, and minimizes downtime in case of a catastrophic network breakdown.

Call or Email Progent for Help from a Microsoft-Qualified DPM 2010 Consultant
To ask Progent about technical assistance for DPM 2010 solutions, call 1-800-993-9400 or go to Contact Progent.

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