Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager 2010 Backup and Restore ConsultingMicrosoft has published System Center Data Protection Manager 2010, a comprehensive backup-and-restore platform built by Microsoft specifically for supporting Windows servers and workstations. Data Protection Manager 2010 allows continual,transparent backup of both physical and virtual systems to local or off-site disks plus off-line copying to tape, and enables rapid, easy restoration of whole servers or single files. Data Protection Manager's hard disk support provides the performance and dependability required to preserve your critical business data without interrupting network operations, while Data Protection Manager's mag tape support keeps long-term archiving costs affordable and helps ensure adherence to contractual or regulatory data retention requirements.

Many small businesses continue to depend on obsolete, tape-centric backup and restore technology. In case of a serious IT breakdown, this can result in significant revenue loss because of extended system downtime and, possibly, lost records. Tape-only backup procedures are vulnerable because the media is subject to wear and tear and requires a tightly controlled physical environment. Microsoft recorded a 17% failure incidence when utilizing mag tape to archive their in-house production servers. Mag tape is also inherently slow. Because of this, backups require periodic downtime, restoration points are often spaced apart by days rather than minutes, and the restore process is long and tedious.

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

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

  • Define your protection goals and create a backup/restore policy to accomplish them
  • Design a cost-effective wide area network architecture to accommodate DPM
  • Set up Windows Server 2008, SQL Server, Exchange, and SharePoint to work with DPM
  • Set up Storage Pools and Custom Volumes
  • Calculate and allocate disk storage for backup
  • Plan tape rotation and management
  • Install Protection Agents on systems inside and outside your network firewall
  • Optimize backup and restoration performance

Additional DPM-related Support Available from Progent
Progentís Cisco CCIE network engineers can assist you to design a robust network architecture that is economical to deploy and easy to maintain and that offers maximum system availability and data protection. Progent's CISSP-ISSAP certified security experts can help your company to create and validate a disaster recovery strategy that is financially sensible for your business, provides security for your sensitive corporate information, and minimizes downtime in case of a major network failure.

Call or Email Progent to Get Support from a Microsoft-Certified DPM 2010 Expert
In order to ask Progent about consulting assistance for DPM 2010 integration, call 1-800-993-9400 or see Contact Progent.

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