Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager 2010 Backup and Restore ConsultingMicrosoft has released System Center Data Protection Manager 2010 (DPM 2010), a powerful backup-and-restore solution designed by Microsoft specifically for supporting Windows servers and clients. Data Protection Manager 2010 allows continual,transparent backup of both physical and virtual systems to local or remote disks as well as off-line copying to tape, and permits rapid, easy recovery of whole servers or single files. Data Protection Manager's disk drive backup delivers the speed and reliability you need to protect your critical business data without disrupting network operations, while DPM's mag tape support makes long-term archiving costs affordable and helps ensure compliance with contractual or legal data retention mandates.

Most small businesses continue to depend on obsolete, tape-based backup and recovery solutions. In case of a serious IT failure, this can lead to substantial income loss because of extended system downtime and, in the worst case, lost data. Tape-only protection solutions are vulnerable because the media is subject to wear and tear and requires a tightly controlled warehousing environment. Microsoft reported a whopping 17% failure rate when using tape to back up their own production servers. Tape is also low performance. Because of this, backups call for scheduled server downtime, restoration snap shots are commonly separated by days rather than minutes, and the restore process is time consuming and tricky.

Data Protection Manager gets around these problems by supporting high-performance, reliable disks for short-term backup while restricting tape media to long-term archiving. The speed of hard disks allows ongoing transparent backup, reduces restoration point spacing to as low as 15 minutes, and dramatically cuts recovery time. For improved disk dependability, DPM supports disk clusters and non-stop storage arrays. New features of Data Protection Manager 2010 include operation with Windows 2008 Hyper-V virtual machines and CSV, the ability to recover single files, DAG support for Exchange 2010, improved integration with SharePoint, and full data protection during a Live Migration procedure.

How Progent's Microsoft Engineers Can Help You Deploy DPM 2010
Progent's Microsoft Gold-certified consultants can assist your business to evaluate the expenses and benefits of DPM and can assist you in all phases of Data Protection Manager deployment. Progent can help you:

  • Define your protection goals and create a backup/restore policy to meet them
  • Create a cost-effective wide area network architecture to support DPM
  • Set up Microsoft Windows Server 2008, Microsoft SQL Server, Exchange Server, and SharePoint to run with DPM
  • Configure Protection Groups and Custom Volumes
  • Estimate and allocate hard disk space for protection
  • Plan tape circulation and management
  • Configure DPM Protection Agents on computers inside and outside your network firewall
  • Maximize backup and restoration performance

Additional DPM-related Consulting and Support Available from Progent
Progentís Cisco-certified CCIE network engineers can assist your company to create a robust network architecture that is affordable to deploy and easy to manage and that offers maximum uptime and protection. Progent's CISSP-ISSAP certified security specialists can assist your company to create and validate a disaster recovery strategy that is financially sensible for your business, ensures security for your sensitive data, and minimizes downtime in case of a major IT breakdown.

Contact Progent to Get Help from a Microsoft-Certified DPM 2010 Expert
If you wish to contact Progent about engineering assistance for System Center Data Protection Manager 2010 integration, phone 1-800-993-9400 or see Contact Progent.

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