Microsoft Data Protection Manager 2010 ConsultingMicrosoft has released System Center Data Protection Manager 2010, a comprehensive backup-and-restore platform built by Microsoft specifically for supporting Windows servers and clients. System Center Data Protection Manager 2010 allows continual,non-disruptive backup of physical and virtual systems to onsite or remote disk drives plus off-line backup to tape, and permits fast, easy restoration of entire servers or individual files. DPM's disk drive support provides the performance and reliability required to preserve your vital business information without disrupting network availability, while DPM's mag tape support makes long-term archiving costs affordable and helps ensure compliance with industry or legal retention mandates.

Many small companies still rely on outdated, tape-based backup and recovery technology. In case of a major IT breakdown, this can result in significant income loss because of prolonged system unavailability and, in the worst case, lost information. Tape-only backup procedures are unreliable because the media is subject to mechanical wear and requires a carefully maintained warehousing environment. Microsoft recorded a whopping 17% failure incidence when using tape to archive their own production servers. Mag tape is also inherently slow. Consequently, backup processes require scheduled downtime, restoration snap shots are often separated by days instead of minutes, and the restore process is time consuming and tedious.

Data Protection Manager solves these shortcomings by supporting fast, reliable disks for online backup and relegating tape media to long-term storage. The high performance of hard disks permits continual transparent backup, reduces restoration point intervals to as low as 15 minutes, and dramatically cuts recovery time. For enhanced disk dependability, DPM supports disk clustering and non-stop arrays. New features of Data Protection Manager 2010 include operation with Windows 2008 Hyper-V R2 virtualization and Clustered Shared Volumes, the ability to restore individual files, database availability group (DAG) support for Exchange 2010, enhanced integration with SharePoint, and protection during a Live Migration process.

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

  • Determine your recovery targets and establish a backup strategy to accomplish them
  • Create an efficient wide area network topology to accommodate System Center Data Protection Manager
  • Set up Microsoft Windows 2008, SQL Server, Exchange Server, and SharePoint to run with DPM
  • Configure Protection Groups
  • Calculate and allocate disk space for backup
  • Define tape rotation and administration
  • Install Protection Agents on systems inside and outside your network firewall
  • Maximize backup and recovery speed

Additional DPM-related Support Available from Progent
Progentís Cisco-certified CCIE network engineers can help your company to design a robust network infrastructure that is economical to deploy and easy to manage and that offers maximum availability and data protection. Progent's CISSP-ISSAP security experts can help your company to create and test a business continuity strategy that is financially realistic for your situation, provides security for your sensitive data, and reduces downtime in the event a major IT breakdown.

Contact Progent for Help from a Microsoft-Certified DPM 2010 Consultant
In order to contact Progent about consulting assistance for Data Protection Manager 2010 integration, phone 1-800-993-9400 or see Contact Progent.

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