Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager 2010 ConsultingMicrosoft has published System Center Data Protection Manager 2010 (DPM 2010), an advanced backup-and-restore platform designed by Microsoft specifically for protecting Windows file and application servers and clients. System Center Data Protection Manager 2010 allows on-going,non-disruptive backup of physical and virtual systems to onsite or off-site disks plus off-line recording to magnetic tape, and permits fast, easy-to-manage recovery of whole computers or individual files. Data Protection Manager's disk drive backup delivers the speed and reliability you need to preserve your critical business information without interrupting network operations, while DPM's mag tape compatibility makes long-term archiving expenses low and simplifies adherence to industry or legal retention mandates.

Most small businesses still depend on outdated, tape-based backup and restore solutions. In the event of a major system failure, this exposes them to substantial revenue loss because of prolonged network downtime and, in the worst case, unrecoverable information. Tape-based protection solutions are unreliable because tape media is sensitive to wear and tear and requires a carefully controlled warehousing environment. Microsoft reported a 17% failure incidence when using tape to back up their own operational servers. Tape is also inherently slow. Because of this, backups require periodic server downtime, restoration snap shots are often separated by days instead of minutes, and the restore process is time consuming and tedious.

Data Protection Manager solves these problems by using high-performance, reliable disk systems for online backup while relegating tape media to long-term storage. The speed of hard disks allows continual transparent backup, reduces recovery point spacing to as low as 15 minutes, and dramatically cuts restoration time. For enhanced disk reliability, Data Protection Manager 2010 supports disk clustering and fault-tolerant storage arrays. Innovations with Data Protection Manager 2010 include operation with Windows 2008 Hyper-V R2 virtualization and CSV, the option to restore individual files, Database Availability Group support for Exchange Server 2010, improved operation with SharePoint Server, and full data protection during a Live Migration procedure.

How Progent's Microsoft Engineers Can Help You Deploy Data Protection Manager 2010
Progent's Microsoft-certified consultants can help you to assess the costs and benefits of DPM 2010 and can help you in all phases of Data Protection Manager deployment. Progent can assist you to:

  • Define your recovery goals and establish a backup/restore policy to accomplish them
  • Create an efficient wide area network architecture to support Data Protection Manager
  • Set up Microsoft Windows Server 2008, Microsoft SQL Server, Exchange, and SharePoint Server to work with DPM 2010
  • Set up Storage Pools
  • Estimate and allocate disk storage for backup
  • Define tape circulation and management
  • Configure Protection Agents on computers on both sides of your firewall
  • Optimize backup and restoration performance

Other DPM-related Support Services Available from Progent
Progentís Cisco-certified CCIE network engineers can help you to design a robust network infrastructure that is economical to install and simple to maintain and that provides maximum uptime and data protection. Progent's CISSP-ISSAP security specialists can help you to create and test a disaster recovery strategy that is financially sensible for your business, provides security for your vital corporate information, and reduces downtime in case of a catastrophic IT breakdown.

Contact Progent for Support from a Microsoft-Certified DPM 2010 Specialist
In order to contact Progent about technical support for System Center Data Protection Manager 2010 solutions, phone 1-800-993-9400 or visit Contact Progent.