Microsoft Data Protection Manager 2010 Backup and Restore ConsultingMicrosoft has shipped System Center Data Protection Manager 2010 (DPM 2010), a powerful backup-and-recovery solution built specifically for protecting Windows servers and workstations. System Center Data Protection Manager 2010 allows on-going,transparent backup of physical and virtual systems to local or off-site hard disks plus off-line copying to tape, and enables fast, easy recovery of entire computers or individual files. DPM's hard disk backup provides the performance and reliability you need to protect your vital business data without disrupting network operations, while Data Protection Manager's tape support keeps long-term archiving expenses low and simplifies adherence to industry or regulatory retention requirements.

Many small businesses continue to depend on outdated, tape-based backup and restore solutions. In case of a major IT failure, this exposes them to substantial income loss because of prolonged network downtime and, in the worst case, lost information. Tape-only backup procedures are unreliable because tape media is sensitive to mechanical wear and requires a carefully maintained physical environment. Microsoft recorded a 17% failure rate when using tape to back up their own operational servers. Tape is also inherently low performance. Because of this, backup processes require periodic server downtime, restoration snap shots are often separated by days instead of minutes, and the restore process is long and tricky.

DPM 2010 solves these shortcomings by supporting high-performance, dependable disks for short-term backup and relegating tape to long-term storage. The high performance of hard disks permits continual non-disruptive backup, shrinks restoration point intervals to as low as 15 minutes, and dramatically cuts recovery time. For enhanced disk reliability, DPM supports high availability disk clustering and non-stop arrays. New features of DPM 2010 include operation with Windows 2008 Hyper-V virtualization and Clustered Shared Volumes, the option to restore individual files, DAG support for Exchange 2010, enhanced integration with SharePoint Server, and full data protection during a Live Migration process.

How Progent's Microsoft Engineers Can Assist You Integrate Data Protection Manager 2010
Progent's Microsoft-certified engineers can help you to assess the expenses and benefits of Data Protection Manager and can help you in all phases of DPM integration. Progent can help you:

  • Determine your recovery targets and create a backup/restore strategy to meet them
  • Create a cost-effective wide area network topology to support Data Protection Manager
  • Configure Microsoft Windows Server 2008, SQL Server, Exchange Server, and SharePoint Server to work with DPM
  • Configure Protection Groups and Storage Pools
  • Estimate and allocate hard disk space for backup
  • Define tape library rotation and administration
  • Configure Protection Agents on systems on both sides of your network firewall
  • Optimize backup and recovery speed

Other DPM-related Consulting and Support Services Available from Progent
Progentís Cisco CCIE network experts can help you to design a resilient network infrastructure that is economical to install and simple to manage and that offers maximum availability and protection. Progent's CISSP-ISSAP certified security specialists can help you to create and validate a disaster recovery strategy that is financially sensible for your business, ensures security for your sensitive data, and reduces downtime in the event a major network breakdown.

Contact Progent to Get Assistance from a Microsoft-Qualified DPM 2010 Consultant
In order to get in touch with Progent about technical help for System Center DPM 2010 integration, phone 1-800-993-9400 or refer to Contact Progent.