Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager 2010 Support ServicesMicrosoft has released System Center Data Protection Manager 2010, an advanced backup-and-recovery platform designed by Microsoft specifically for protecting Windows servers and workstations. Data Protection Manager 2010 allows on-going,non-disruptive backup of both physical and virtual computers to local or remote disks as well as off-line copying to tape, and enables rapid, easy recovery of whole servers or individual files. DPM's hard disk support delivers the performance and dependability required to preserve your vital business information without disrupting network operations, while DPM's tape support makes long-term archiving costs affordable and simplifies compliance with contractual or regulatory data retention mandates.

Many small businesses continue to rely on obsolete, tape-centric backup and recovery solutions. In case of a serious IT breakdown, this can lead to significant revenue loss because of extended network unavailability and, possibly, lost data. Tape-based backup solutions are unreliable because the media is subject to mechanical wear and requires a carefully maintained warehousing environment. Microsoft recorded a 17% failure rate when utilizing tape to back up their own operational servers. Tape is also low performance. Because of this, backups require periodic server downtime, recovery points are commonly spaced apart by days instead of minutes, and the recovery procedure is time consuming and hard to manage.

DPM resolves these shortcomings by supporting high-performance, dependable disks for short-term backup and relegating tape to long-term archiving. The high performance of disks permits ongoing non-disruptive backup, reduces restoration point spacing to as little as 15 minutes, and substantially lowers recovery time. For improved disk reliability, Data Protection Manager supports high availability disk clustering 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 single files, DAG support for Exchange Server 2010, enhanced integration with SharePoint Server, and full data protection during a Live Migration process.

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

  • Determine your recovery targets and create a backup/restore policy to accomplish them
  • Design an efficient wide area network architecture to accommodate DPM
  • Configure Microsoft Windows Server 2008, SQL Server, Exchange, and SharePoint Server to run with DPM 2010
  • Set up Storage Pools and Custom Volumes
  • Estimate and reserve disk storage for backup
  • Define tape library circulation and management
  • Configure Protection Agents on systems inside and outside your firewall
  • Optimize backup and recovery performance

Other DPM-related Support Services Available from Progent
Progentís Cisco CCIE network experts can help your company to design a robust network infrastructure that is affordable to deploy and easy to manage and that offers maximum system uptime and data protection. Progent's CISSP-ISSAP security specialists can help your company to produce and validate a business continuity plan that is economically sensible for your situation, ensures security for your sensitive corporate information, and minimizes system downtime in the event a catastrophic network breakdown.

Contact Progent for Help from a Microsoft-Certified DPM 2010 Specialist
In order to get in touch with Progent about consulting expertise for DPM 2010 solutions, phone 1-800-993-9400 or go to Contact Progent.