Microsoft System Center DPM 2010 ConsultingMicrosoft has shipped System Center Data Protection Manager 2010, an advanced backup-and-recovery platform designed by Microsoft specifically for protecting Windows file and application servers and workstations. System Center Data Protection Manager 2010 allows continual,transparent backup of both physical and virtual computers to onsite or remote disks as well as off-line copying to tape, and permits rapid, easy-to-manage restoration of whole computers or single files. Data Protection Manager's disk support provides the performance and reliability you need to protect your critical business data without disrupting network operations, while DPM's tape drive support makes long-term archiving costs low and simplifies compliance with contractual or legal data retention requirements.

Most small companies continue to rely on obsolete, tape-based backup and restore technology. In case of a serious IT breakdown, this can result in substantial income loss because of prolonged network unavailability and, possibly, lost data. Tape-only protection procedures are vulnerable because the media is sensitive to wear and tear and requires a tightly controlled warehousing environment. Microsoft recorded a 17% failure rate when using tape to back up their in-house operational servers. Tape is also slow. Because of this, backup processes require scheduled server downtime, recovery snap shots are commonly separated by days rather than minutes, and the restoration procedure is long and tricky.

DPM gets around these shortcomings by supporting high-performance, reliable hard disks for short-term backup and restricting tape media to long-term archiving. The high performance of hard disks allows ongoing non-disruptive backup, shrinks restoration point intervals to as low as 15 minutes, and substantially cuts recovery time. For enhanced disk dependability, DPM supports high availability disk clusters and non-stop storage arrays. Innovations with DPM 2010 include operation with Windows 2008 Hyper-V virtualization and Clustered Shared Volumes, the ability to restore individual files, DAG support for Exchange 2010, improved operation with SharePoint, and full data protection during a Live Migration process.

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

  • Determine your protection goals and create a backup policy to accomplish them
  • Design an efficient multi-site network architecture to accommodate Data Protection Manager
  • Configure Windows Server 2008, SQL Server, Exchange, and SharePoint to run with DPM 2010
  • Configure Storage Pools
  • Calculate and reserve hard disk storage for protection
  • Plan tape circulation and administration
  • Configure DPM Protection Agents on computers on both sides of your network firewall
  • Optimize backup and recovery speed

Other DPM-related Support Available from Progent
Progentís Cisco CCIE network experts can help you to create a resilient network infrastructure that is affordable to install and easy to manage and that provides maximum system uptime and protection. Progent's CISSP-ISSAP certified security specialists can assist your company to create and test a disaster recovery strategy that is financially realistic for your business, ensures security for your sensitive data, and minimizes system downtime in the event a catastrophic network breakdown.

Call or Email Progent to Get Support from a Microsoft-Qualified DPM 2010 Specialist
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