Microsoft Data Protection Manager 2010 Backup and Restore ConsultingMicrosoft has released System Center Data Protection Manager 2010 (DPM 2010), a powerful backup-and-recovery solution built by Microsoft specifically for protecting Windows servers and workstations. System Center Data Protection Manager 2010 allows continual,transparent backup of physical and virtual computers to onsite or off-site disk drives as well as off-line backup to magnetic tape, and permits fast, easy-to-manage recovery of whole computers or individual files. DPM's disk drive backup delivers the speed and dependability you need to protect your vital business data without interrupting network operations, while DPM's tape drive support makes long-term archiving expenses low and simplifies compliance with industry or regulatory data retention mandates.

Most small companies continue to depend on outdated, tape-centric backup and recovery solutions. In the event of a major IT failure, this can result in significant revenue loss because of prolonged network downtime and, in the worst case, unrecoverable information. Tape-only backup solutions are unreliable because tape media is subject to wear and tear and requires a tightly maintained physical environment. Microsoft reported a 17% failure rate when utilizing tape to back up their own production servers. Mag tape is also inherently low performance. Because of this, backup processes call for scheduled downtime, recovery points are commonly separated by days instead of minutes, and the restoration procedure is long and tricky.

DPM solves these problems by supporting high-performance, dependable disks for online backup and relegating tape to long-term archiving. The speed of hard disks allows ongoing transparent backup, shrinks restoration point spacing to as low as 15 minutes, and dramatically lowers restoration time. For improved disk reliability, Data Protection Manager supports disk clusters and fault-tolerant arrays. Innovations with DPM 2010 include support for Windows 2008 Hyper-V R2 virtual machines and CSV, the option to restore single files, database availability group (DAG) support for Exchange 2010, improved integration with SharePoint Server, and protection during a Live Migration process.

How Progent's Microsoft Engineers Can Help You Integrate System Center Data Protection Manager 2010
Progent's Microsoft Gold-certified consultants can assist you to evaluate the expenses and advantages of Data Protection Manager and can help you in all facets of DPM deployment. Progent can help you:

  • Determine your protection targets and create a backup/restore policy to meet them
  • Design an efficient wide area network topology to support Data Protection Manager
  • Set up Windows 2008, SQL Server, Exchange, and SharePoint Server to work with DPM 2010
  • Set up Storage Pools and Custom Volumes
  • Estimate and allocate disk storage for backup
  • Plan tape library rotation and administration
  • Install Protection Agents on systems on both sides of your network firewall
  • Optimize backup and recovery speed

Additional DPM-related Consulting and Support Offered by Progent
Progentís Cisco CCIE network experts can assist you to create a robust network infrastructure that is affordable to deploy and easy to manage and that offers maximum system availability and data protection. Progent's CISSP-ISSAP security experts can help you to produce and validate a business continuity strategy that is financially realistic for your situation, ensures security for your vital corporate information, and minimizes system downtime in case of a major IT failure.

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