Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager 2010 ConsultingMicrosoft has released Data Protection Manager 2010 (DPM 2010), an advanced backup-and-restore solution designed specifically for supporting Windows file and application servers and workstations. System Center Data Protection Manager 2010 offers on-going,transparent backup of physical and virtual computers to onsite or off-site disk drives plus off-line copying to magnetic tape, and permits rapid, easy-to-manage recovery of whole servers or single files. Data Protection Manager's disk backup provides the performance and reliability you need to preserve your vital business data without interrupting network availability, while DPM's mag tape support keeps long-term archiving costs low and helps ensure compliance with industry or legal retention mandates.

Most small companies still rely on outdated, tape-based backup and restore technology. In the event of a major system failure, this exposes them to significant revenue loss because of prolonged network downtime and, in the worst case, lost data. Tape-based protection procedures are unreliable because the media is sensitive to mechanical wear and requires a carefully controlled warehousing environment. Microsoft recorded a whopping 17% failure incidence when using tape to back up their in-house operational servers. Mag tape is also inherently slow. Consequently, backups call for periodic downtime, restoration snap shots are commonly spaced apart by days instead of minutes, and the restore procedure is long and tricky.

Data Protection Manager gets around these problems by using fast, reliable disk systems for online backup while restricting tape media to long-term storage. The high performance of hard disks permits continual non-disruptive backup, shrinks recovery point intervals to as low as 15 minutes, and substantially cuts restoration time. For enhanced disk system dependability, Data Protection Manager 2010 supports high availability disk clusters and fault-tolerant arrays. New features of Data Protection Manager 2010 include operation with Windows 2008 Hyper-V virtual machines and Clustered Shared Volumes, the ability to restore individual files, DAG support for Exchange Server 2010, enhanced operation with SharePoint, and protection during a Live Migration process.

How Progent's Microsoft Engineers 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 2010 and can assist you in all facets of Data Protection Manager deployment. Progent can help you:

  • Determine your recovery goals and establish a backup strategy to accomplish them
  • Create a cost-effective multi-site network architecture to accommodate DPM
  • Configure Microsoft Windows Server 2008, Microsoft SQL Server, Exchange Server, and SharePoint Server to work with DPM 2010
  • Set up Storage Pools
  • Calculate and allocate disk storage for protection
  • Plan tape library circulation and management
  • Configure DPM Protection Agents on computers inside and outside your firewall
  • Optimize backup and restoration performance

Other DPM Support Available from Progent
Progentís Cisco-certified CCIE network engineers can help you to design a resilient network architecture that is economical to install and easy to manage and that offers maximum system uptime and data protection. Progent's CISSP-ISSAP certified security experts can assist your company to create and validate a business continuity strategy that is financially sensible for your situation, ensures security for your vital data, and minimizes downtime in the event a catastrophic network breakdown.

Contact Progent for Help from a Microsoft-Qualified DPM 2010 Expert
In order to contact Progent about consulting assistance for DPM 2010 solutions, call 1-800-993-9400 or go to Contact Progent.

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