Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager 2010 Backup and Restore ConsultingMicrosoft has published System Center Data Protection Manager 2010 (DPM 2010), a powerful backup-and-recovery solution designed by Microsoft specifically for protecting Windows file and application servers and workstations. Data Protection Manager 2010 allows continual,non-disruptive backup of both physical and virtual systems to onsite or off-site disk drives as well as off-line copying to tape, and enables fast, easy-to-manage recovery of entire computers or single files. DPM's disk backup delivers the speed and dependability required to protect your critical business information without interrupting network operations, while DPM's mag tape compatibility keeps long-term archiving expenses affordable and helps ensure adherence to contractual or regulatory retention requirements.

Many small companies still depend on outdated, tape-based backup and restore technology. In case of a serious system breakdown, this can result in significant income loss due to extended system unavailability and, in the worst case, lost data. Tape-only protection solutions are vulnerable because the media is sensitive to wear and tear and requires a tightly maintained warehousing environment. Microsoft reported a 17% failure rate when using mag tape to back up their own operational servers. Mag tape is also inherently low performance. Because of this, backups require scheduled server downtime, recovery snap shots are commonly spaced apart by days instead of minutes, and the restoration process is time consuming and tricky.

Data Protection Manager solves these problems by using high-performance, dependable hard disks for online backup while restricting tape to long-term archiving. The speed of disks allows ongoing transparent backup, shrinks restoration point spacing to as low as 15 minutes, and substantially lowers restoration time. For enhanced disk system dependability, Data Protection Manager 2010 supports high availability disk clusters and non-stop storage arrays. Innovations with Data Protection Manager 2010 include operation with Windows 2008 Hyper-V R2 virtual machines and CSV, the option to recover individual files, database availability group (DAG) support for Exchange Server 2010, enhanced operation with SharePoint Server, and protection during a Live Migration procedure.

How Progent's Microsoft Engineers Can Assist You Deploy System Center Data Protection Manager 2010
Progent's Microsoft Gold-certified engineers can help your business to assess the costs and benefits of Data Protection Manager 2010 and can help you in all facets of DPM integration. Progent can assist you to:

  • Determine your protection targets and create a backup policy to meet them
  • Design an efficient wide area network topology to accommodate Data Protection Manager
  • Set up Windows Server 2008, SQL Server, Exchange Server, and SharePoint Server to work with DPM 2010
  • Configure Protection Groups
  • Estimate and allocate hard disk space for protection
  • Plan tape library rotation and administration
  • Configure Protection Agents on systems on both sides of your firewall
  • Optimize backup and recovery speed

Other DPM Support Available from Progent
Progentís Cisco CCIE network experts can help your company to create a robust network infrastructure that is affordable to deploy and simple to manage and that provides maximum availability and data protection. Progent's CISSP-ISSAP security experts can assist you to create and validate a business continuity strategy that is financially sensible for your situation, provides security for your sensitive corporate information, and minimizes system downtime in case of a major IT breakdown.

Contact Progent for Help from a Microsoft-Qualified DPM 2010 Consultant
To contact Progent about consulting expertise for System Center DPM 2010 integration, call 1-800-993-9400 or see Contact Progent.