Microsoft has released System Center Data Protection Manager 2010 (DPM 2010), an advanced backup-and-recovery solution designed by Microsoft specifically for protecting Windows servers and workstations. DPM 2010 allows continual, transparent backup of physical and virtual computers to local or remote disks and offline backup to tape, and enables fast, easy recovery of entire servers or individual files. DPM's disk support gives you the speed and reliability you need to preserve your critical business information without interrupting network operations, while DPM's tape support keeps long-term archiving costs low and simplifies compliance with contractual or regulatory data retention mandates.
Many small businesses still rely on outdated, tape-based backup and recovery technology. In the event of a major IT failure, this exposes them to significant revenue loss due to prolonged network downtime and, possibly, unrecoverable data. Tape-only backup solutions are vulnerable because tape media is subject to wear and tear and requires a carefully controlled warehousing environment. Microsoft reported a whopping 17% failure rate when using tape to back up their in-house production servers. Tape is also inherently slow. Because of this, tape backups require scheduled downtime, recovery points are often separated by days rather than minutes, and the restore process is long and tedious to manage.
DPM solves these problems by using fast, reliable disks for short-term backup while relegating tape to long-term archiving. The high performance of disks allows continual non-disruptive backup, reduces recovery point intervals to as little as 15 minutes, and dramatically cuts restoration time. For enhanced disk reliability, DPM supports disk clustering and fault-tolerant storage arrays. New features of DPM 2010 include support for Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V R2 virtualization and Clustered Shared Volumes, the ability to recover individual files, database availability group (DAG) support for Exchange Server 2010, improved integration with SharePoint, and full data protection during a Live Migration process.
How Progent's DPM Consultants Can Help You Deploy System Center Data Protection Manager 2010
Progent's Microsoft-certified network engineers and DPM consultants can help you assess the costs and benefits of DPM and can assist you in all phases of DPM deployment. Progent can use industry best practices to help you:
Additional DPM-related Support Available from Progent
- Define your recovery goals and establish a protection policy to meet them
- Design an efficient multi-site network topology for DPM
- Configure Windows Server 2008, SQL Server, Exchange, and SharePoint to run with DPM
- Configure Protection Groups and Storage Pools
- Calculate and allocate disk space for backup
- Define custom volumes
- Plan tape library rotation and management
- Install Protection Agents on computers inside and outside your firewall
- Optimize backup and recovery performance
Progent's Cisco-certified CCIE network engineers can help you design and troubleshoot a resilient network architecture that is affordable to deploy and easy to manage and that offers a high level of fault tolerance and data protection. Progent's CISSP-ISSAP certified security experts can help you create and validate a business continuity plan that makes economic sense for your business, provides security for your data, and minimizes downtime in case of a catastrophic network failure.
Contact Progent for Assistance from a Microsoft-Certified DPM 2010 Consultant
If you wish to ask Progent about engineering expertise for System Center DPM 2010 integration, phone 1-800-993-9400 or refer to Contact Progent.