Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager 2010 Backup and Restore ConsultingMicrosoft has shipped System Center Data Protection Manager 2010 (DPM 2010), an advanced backup-and-recovery solution built specifically for protecting Windows file and application servers and workstations. Data Protection Manager 2010 allows continual,transparent backup of both physical and virtual computers to onsite or off-site disks as well as off-line copying to tape, and permits fast, simple-to-manage restoration of entire servers or individual files. Data Protection Manager's disk drive support delivers the performance and dependability you need to protect your critical business information without interrupting network availability, while Data Protection Manager's tape support makes long-term archiving costs affordable and helps ensure compliance with contractual or regulatory data retention requirements.

Most small businesses still rely on obsolete, tape-based backup and restore technology. In case of a serious system breakdown, this can result in significant income loss because of extended network downtime and, possibly, unrecoverable information. Tape-only backup procedures are unreliable because tape media is subject to wear and tear and requires a carefully controlled warehousing environment. Microsoft recorded a 17% failure incidence when using tape to back up their in-house production servers. Tape is also inherently slow. Consequently, backup processes require periodic server downtime, restoration points are commonly spaced apart by days rather than minutes, and the restoration process is time consuming and hard to manage.

Data Protection Manager 2010 solves these problems by using fast, reliable hard disks for short-term backup while restricting tape media to long-term storage. The high performance of hard disks permits continual transparent backup, reduces recovery point intervals to as low as 15 minutes, and substantially cuts restoration time. For improved disk reliability, DPM 2010 supports high availability disk clusters and fault-tolerant storage arrays. Innovations with DPM 2010 include support for Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V virtualization and Clustered Shared Volumes, the ability to restore individual files, database availability group (DAG) support for Exchange 2010, enhanced integration with SharePoint Server, and full data protection during a Live Migration procedure.

How Progent's Microsoft-certified Consultants Can Help You Deploy Data Protection Manager 2010
Progent's Microsoft-certified consultants can assist you to assess the expenses and advantages of Data Protection Manager 2010 and can assist you in all phases of Data Protection Manager integration. Progent can assist you to:

  • Define your recovery goals and create a backup/restore policy to accomplish them
  • Create an efficient multi-site network architecture to accommodate DPM
  • Set up Windows 2008, Microsoft SQL Server, Exchange, and SharePoint Server to run with DPM
  • Configure Protection Groups
  • Estimate and reserve hard disk space for protection
  • Define tape library circulation and administration
  • Configure Protection Agents on systems on both sides of your network firewall
  • Maximize backup and recovery performance

Additional DPM Support Available from Progent
Progentís Cisco CCIE network experts can help you to design a robust network architecture that is affordable to deploy and easy to maintain and that provides maximum system uptime and data protection. Progent's CISSP-ISSAP certified security specialists can help you to produce and test a disaster recovery plan that is financially sensible for your situation, provides security for your vital data, and reduces downtime in case of a catastrophic IT breakdown.

Contact Progent for Assistance from a Microsoft-Certified DPM 2010 Consultant
If you wish to get in touch with Progent about engineering expertise for System Center DPM 2010 integration, phone 1-800-993-9400 or visit Contact Progent.

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