Microsoft System Center DPM 2010 Backup and Restore ConsultingMicrosoft has shipped Data Protection Manager 2010 (DPM 2010), a comprehensive backup-and-recovery platform designed by Microsoft specifically for supporting Windows servers and workstations. Data Protection Manager 2010 allows continual,non-disruptive backup of physical and virtual systems to onsite or off-site hard disks as well as off-line backup to tape, and permits rapid, easy-to-manage recovery of whole servers or individual files. DPM's hard disk support provides the speed and dependability you need to protect your vital business data without interrupting network availability, while Data Protection Manager's tape support makes long-term archiving costs affordable and helps ensure compliance with industry or legal retention mandates.

Most small businesses still depend on obsolete, tape-centric backup and recovery technology. In case of a serious system breakdown, this can lead to significant revenue loss because of prolonged network downtime and, possibly, lost data. Tape-only backup procedures are unreliable because tape media is sensitive to mechanical wear and requires a carefully controlled warehousing environment. Microsoft recorded a 17% failure rate when using tape to archive their in-house production servers. Mag tape is also inherently low performance. Because of this, backups call for scheduled server downtime, recovery snap shots are commonly spaced apart by days rather than minutes, and the recovery process is time consuming and tricky.

DPM solves these problems by using high-performance, dependable disks for short-term backup and restricting tape to long-term storage. The speed of hard disks allows continual non-disruptive backup, reduces restoration point spacing to as little as 15 minutes, and dramatically lowers restoration time. For improved disk dependability, Data Protection Manager supports disk clusters and fault-tolerant arrays. Innovations with DPM 2010 include support for Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V virtual machines and Clustered Shared Volumes, the option to restore individual files, Database Availability Group support for Exchange Server 2010, enhanced operation with SharePoint Server, and full data protection during a Live Migration process.

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

  • Define your recovery goals and establish a backup policy to meet them
  • Design an efficient wide area network architecture to accommodate System Center Data Protection Manager
  • Configure Windows 2008, SQL Server, Exchange Server, and SharePoint Server to run with DPM 2010
  • Set up Protection Groups and Storage Pools
  • Estimate and reserve disk space for protection
  • Define tape library circulation and management
  • Install DPM Protection Agents on systems on both sides of your firewall
  • Optimize backup and recovery speed

Additional DPM Consulting and Support Services Available from Progent
Progentís Cisco CCIE network engineers can assist you to design a robust network architecture that is economical to install and easy to manage and that provides maximum availability and data protection. Progent's CISSP-ISSAP security specialists can assist you to produce and test a business continuity plan that is financially realistic for your situation, provides security for your sensitive corporate information, and minimizes system downtime in the event a major network failure.

Contact Progent to Get Assistance from a Microsoft-Certified DPM 2010 Specialist
To contact Progent about technical expertise for DPM 2010 integration, call 1-800-993-9400 or go to Contact Progent.

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