Microsoft Data Protection Manager 2010 Support ServicesMicrosoft has released Data Protection Manager 2010 (DPM 2010), a powerful backup-and-restore solution designed specifically for protecting Windows file and application servers and workstations. System Center Data Protection Manager 2010 offers on-going,non-disruptive backup of both physical and virtual computers to onsite or remote disk drives plus off-line backup to magnetic tape, and permits fast, easy-to-manage restoration of entire computers or single files. DPM's hard disk backup delivers the performance and dependability you need to protect your critical business information without disrupting network operations, while Data Protection Manager's tape drive compatibility makes long-term archiving expenses affordable and simplifies compliance with contractual or regulatory retention requirements.

Most small businesses continue to rely on obsolete, tape-based backup and restore technology. In the event of a serious system failure, this exposes them to significant income loss due to prolonged network unavailability and, possibly, lost information. Tape-based protection solutions are unreliable because tape media is subject to mechanical wear and requires a carefully controlled warehousing environment. Microsoft reported a 17% failure incidence when utilizing mag tape to back up their own production servers. Mag tape is also inherently low performance. Because of this, backup processes require scheduled server downtime, restoration points are often spaced apart by days rather than minutes, and the restoration procedure is long and tedious.

DPM gets around these shortcomings by supporting high-performance, reliable hard disks for online backup while relegating tape media to long-term storage. The speed of hard disks allows ongoing non-disruptive backup, reduces recovery point spacing to as little as 15 minutes, and dramatically lowers restoration time. For enhanced disk system dependability, Data Protection Manager supports disk clusters and fault-tolerant arrays. New features of DPM 2010 include operation with Windows 2008 Hyper-V virtual machines and Clustered Shared Volumes, the ability to recover single files, database availability group (DAG) support for Exchange 2010, improved integration with SharePoint Server, and full data protection during a Live Migration procedure.

How Progent's Microsoft-certified Consultants Can Assist You Integrate DPM 2010
Progent's Microsoft Gold-certified engineers 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 help you:

  • Define your protection goals and create a backup/restore strategy to meet them
  • Create a cost-effective multi-site network topology to support DPM
  • Configure Windows Server 2008, SQL Server, Exchange Server, and SharePoint Server to run with DPM
  • Set up Storage Pools and Custom Volumes
  • Estimate and reserve hard disk storage for backup
  • Plan tape library circulation and management
  • Configure DPM Protection Agents on computers inside and outside your network firewall
  • Maximize backup and restoration speed

Additional DPM Support Available from Progent
Progent’s Cisco CCIE network engineers can help you to create a robust network architecture that is affordable to install and easy to manage and that provides maximum availability and protection. Progent's CISSP-ISSAP certified security specialists can help your company to create and validate a business continuity plan that is economically realistic for your situation, provides security for your vital data, and reduces downtime in case of a major network failure.

Contact Progent to Get Assistance from a Microsoft-Certified DPM 2010 Consultant
To ask Progent about consulting assistance for System Center Data Protection Manager 2010 integration, call 1-800-993-9400 or go to Contact Progent.