Microsoft Data Protection Manager 2010 Backup and Restore ConsultingMicrosoft has released System Center Data Protection Manager 2010 (DPM 2010), an advanced backup-and-recovery solution designed by Microsoft 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 systems to local or off-site hard disks as well as off-line recording to tape, and enables rapid, easy restoration of whole servers or individual files. Data Protection Manager's disk support delivers the performance and dependability you need to protect your vital business information without disrupting network availability, while Data Protection Manager's tape drive support keeps long-term archiving costs low and simplifies compliance with contractual or regulatory data retention mandates.

Most small companies continue to rely on outdated, tape-centric backup and recovery technology. In the event of a serious IT breakdown, this can lead to significant revenue loss due to extended network unavailability and, possibly, unrecoverable records. Tape-only protection procedures are vulnerable because tape media is subject to mechanical wear and requires a tightly controlled warehousing environment. Microsoft recorded a 17% failure incidence when using tape to back up their in-house production servers. Mag tape is also inherently slow. Because of this, backup processes call for periodic server downtime, recovery points are commonly spaced apart by days instead of minutes, and the restore process is long and hard to manage.

DPM resolves these shortcomings by supporting high-performance, dependable disks for short-term backup while relegating tape to long-term storage. The speed of disks allows continual transparent backup, reduces restoration point intervals to as little as 15 minutes, and substantially cuts recovery time. For enhanced disk dependability, Data Protection Manager 2010 supports disk clusters and non-stop arrays. New features of DPM 2010 include operation with Windows 2008 Hyper-V virtualization and CSV, the ability to restore individual 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-certified Consultants Can Help You Deploy DPM 2010
Progent's Microsoft-certified engineers can help your business to assess the expenses and benefits of Data Protection Manager and can assist you in all facets of DPM deployment. Progent can help you:

  • Define your protection goals and establish a backup policy to accomplish them
  • Create an efficient multi-site network topology to support System Center Data Protection Manager
  • Configure Windows 2008, SQL Server, Exchange Server, and SharePoint Server to work with DPM 2010
  • Configure Storage Pools
  • Calculate and allocate hard disk space for backup
  • Plan tape library circulation and management
  • Configure DPM Protection Agents on computers on both sides of your firewall
  • Optimize backup and recovery performance

Other DPM-related Support Available from Progent
Progentís Cisco CCIE network engineers can assist your company to design a robust network infrastructure that is affordable to install and easy to maintain and that provides maximum uptime and protection. Progent's CISSP-ISSAP certified security specialists can help you to create and validate a business continuity plan that is economically realistic for your situation, ensures security for your vital corporate information, and minimizes system downtime in the event a major network failure.

Call or Email Progent for Assistance from a Microsoft-Qualified DPM 2010 Expert
To ask Progent about engineering help for Data Protection Manager 2010 integration, phone 1-800-993-9400 or see Contact Progent.

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