Microsoft has published System Center Data Protection Manager 2010, a comprehensive backup-and-restore platform 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 both physical and virtual computers to local or off-site disk drives as well as off-line recording to magnetic tape, and enables fast, simple-to-manage restoration of entire servers or individual files. Data Protection Manager's disk drive support provides the performance and dependability you need to protect your critical business information without disrupting network availability, while DPM's tape drive support keeps long-term archiving costs low and simplifies compliance with contractual or legal retention requirements.
Many small companies still rely on outdated, tape-based backup and recovery solutions. In case of a serious IT breakdown, this can result in substantial revenue loss due to extended system downtime and, in the worst case, unrecoverable records. Tape-based backup procedures are unreliable because tape media is sensitive to wear and tear and requires a tightly controlled warehousing environment. Microsoft reported a whopping 17% failure rate when using mag tape to archive their own operational servers. Mag tape is also low performance. Because of this, backup processes call for scheduled server downtime, restoration points are often spaced apart by days rather than minutes, and the restore process is long and tricky.
DPM gets around these shortcomings by supporting high-performance, reliable disks for online backup while relegating tape to long-term archiving. The speed of disks permits ongoing non-disruptive backup, shrinks restoration point spacing to as little as 15 minutes, and dramatically cuts restoration time. For improved disk system reliability, Data Protection Manager supports high availability disk clustering and non-stop arrays. Innovations with DPM 2010 include support for Windows 2008 Hyper-V virtualization and CSV, the option to recover single files, Database Availability Group support for Exchange Server 2010, enhanced operation with SharePoint, and full data protection during a Live Migration procedure.
How Progent's Microsoft Consultants Can Assist You Integrate System Center Data Protection Manager 2010
Progent's Microsoft Gold-certified engineers can help you to assess the costs and benefits of DPM 2010 and can assist you in all phases of Data Protection Manager integration. Progent can assist you to:
- Determine your protection targets and establish a backup/restore policy to meet them
- Create a cost-effective multi-site network topology to accommodate Data Protection Manager
- Configure Windows Server 2008, Microsoft SQL Server, Exchange Server, and SharePoint Server to run with DPM 2010
- Set up Protection Groups and Storage Pools
- Estimate and reserve disk storage for backup
- Define tape rotation and management
- Install DPM Protection Agents on computers on both sides of your network firewall
- Maximize backup and restoration speed
Other DPM Consulting and Support Services Available from Progent
Progentís Cisco CCIE network engineers can help your company to design a robust network infrastructure that is affordable to install and simple to maintain and that offers maximum uptime and data protection. Progent's CISSP-ISSAP certified security specialists can help your company to produce and test a business continuity strategy that is economically sensible for your business, ensures security for your vital data, and minimizes system downtime in the event a catastrophic network breakdown.
Call or Email Progent for Support from a Microsoft-Certified DPM 2010 Specialist
To get in touch with Progent about consulting help for DPM 2010 integration, call 1-800-993-9400 or refer to Contact Progent.