Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager 2010 ConsultingMicrosoft has shipped System Center Data Protection Manager 2010 (DPM 2010), a powerful backup-and-recovery platform built specifically for supporting Windows servers and workstations. Data Protection Manager 2010 allows on-going,non-disruptive backup of physical and virtual systems to local or off-site disk drives plus off-line recording to tape, and enables fast, simple-to-manage recovery of entire servers or single files. Data Protection Manager's disk drive support delivers the performance and reliability required to preserve your critical business data without disrupting network operations, while Data Protection Manager's mag tape support keeps long-term archiving costs low and helps ensure compliance with industry or regulatory retention requirements.

Many small companies still rely on obsolete, tape-based backup and restore solutions. In the event of a major system failure, this can lead to substantial income loss due to extended network downtime and, possibly, lost data. Tape-based protection solutions are unreliable because the media is sensitive to wear and tear and requires a carefully maintained physical environment. Microsoft reported a 17% failure rate when utilizing mag tape to archive their own production servers. Mag tape is also inherently slow. Because of this, backups require periodic server downtime, restoration snap shots are often separated by days rather than minutes, and the restoration procedure is long and tedious.

Data Protection Manager solves these problems by using fast, dependable hard disks for online backup and restricting tape media to long-term storage. The high performance of disks allows ongoing transparent backup, reduces recovery point spacing to as low as 15 minutes, and dramatically lowers recovery time. For improved disk system reliability, DPM supports high availability disk clusters and fault-tolerant arrays. Innovations with Data Protection Manager 2010 include operation with Windows 2008 Hyper-V R2 virtual machines and Clustered Shared Volumes, the option to recover individual files, DAG support for Exchange Server 2010, improved integration with SharePoint, and full data protection during a Live Migration process.

How Progent's Microsoft-certified Consultants Can Assist You Deploy System Center Data Protection Manager 2010
Progent's Microsoft Gold-certified engineers can assist you to evaluate the costs and benefits of Data Protection Manager 2010 and can assist you in all facets of Data Protection Manager deployment. Progent can help you:

  • Define your recovery targets and create a backup policy to accomplish them
  • Design a cost-effective wide area network topology to support DPM
  • Set up Microsoft Windows Server 2008, SQL Server, Exchange, and SharePoint to run with DPM 2010
  • Set up Storage Pools and Custom Volumes
  • Estimate and reserve disk storage for protection
  • Plan tape circulation and management
  • Install DPM Protection Agents on systems on both sides of your firewall
  • Optimize backup and restoration speed

Other DPM Consulting and Support Services Available from Progent
Progentís Cisco CCIE network engineers can assist you to create a resilient network infrastructure that is affordable to deploy and simple to manage and that provides maximum system availability and data protection. Progent's CISSP-ISSAP security experts can help your company to produce and test a business continuity plan that is financially sensible for your business, provides security for your sensitive data, and reduces downtime in case of a catastrophic IT failure.

Call or Email Progent for Support from a Microsoft-Certified DPM 2010 Specialist
In order to ask Progent about consulting assistance for System Center DPM 2010 integration, phone 1-800-993-9400 or visit Contact Progent.

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