Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager 2010 Support ServicesMicrosoft has published Data Protection Manager 2010 (DPM 2010), an advanced backup-and-recovery solution designed by Microsoft specifically for protecting Windows servers and clients. System Center Data Protection Manager 2010 offers continual,non-disruptive backup of physical and virtual computers to local or off-site hard disks plus off-line recording to tape, and enables rapid, easy restoration of entire computers or individual files. Data Protection Manager's disk support delivers the performance and reliability you need to preserve your vital business data without interrupting network availability, while DPM's tape drive support makes long-term archiving costs affordable and helps ensure adherence to contractual or regulatory retention requirements.

Most small companies still rely on obsolete, tape-centric backup and recovery technology. In the event of a serious IT failure, this exposes them to substantial income loss due to extended network unavailability and, in the worst case, lost records. Tape-based backup procedures are unreliable because the media is subject to wear and tear and requires a tightly controlled physical environment. Microsoft reported a 17% failure incidence when utilizing mag tape to back up their in-house operational servers. Tape is also inherently low performance. Consequently, backups call for periodic server downtime, restoration points are commonly spaced apart by days instead of minutes, and the recovery process is time consuming and tricky.

Data Protection Manager gets around these problems by using high-performance, reliable hard disks for online backup while restricting tape media to long-term archiving. The high performance of disks allows continual transparent backup, reduces recovery point intervals to as low as 15 minutes, and dramatically cuts restoration time. For enhanced disk system dependability, DPM supports high availability disk clustering and non-stop storage arrays. Innovations with Data Protection Manager 2010 include support for Windows 2008 Hyper-V virtual machines and Clustered Shared Volumes, the ability to recover individual files, DAG support for Exchange 2010, improved integration with SharePoint, and protection during a Live Migration process.

How Progent's Microsoft Consultants Can Assist You Integrate System Center Data Protection Manager 2010
Progent's Microsoft-certified engineers can assist you to evaluate the expenses and benefits of DPM 2010 and can assist you in all phases of DPM integration. Progent can help you:

  • Define your protection targets and create a backup strategy to accomplish them
  • Create a cost-effective wide area network topology to support System Center Data Protection Manager
  • Configure Windows 2008, Microsoft SQL Server, Exchange, and SharePoint Server to run with DPM 2010
  • Set up Storage Pools and Custom Volumes
  • Calculate and reserve hard disk space for protection
  • Define tape library circulation and administration
  • Install DPM Protection Agents on computers on both sides of your network firewall
  • Optimize backup and recovery speed

Additional DPM Support Available from Progent
Progentís Cisco-certified CCIE network experts can assist you to design a resilient network infrastructure that is affordable to install and easy to manage and that offers maximum system availability and data protection. Progent's CISSP-ISSAP certified security specialists can help you to produce and test a business continuity strategy that is financially sensible for your situation, provides security for your vital data, and minimizes system downtime in the event a catastrophic IT breakdown.

Contact Progent for Assistance from a Microsoft-Certified DPM 2010 Expert
If you wish to get in touch with Progent about consulting assistance for System Center DPM 2010 integration, phone 1-800-993-9400 or see Contact Progent.

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