Microsoft DPM 2010 Support ServicesMicrosoft has published System Center Data Protection Manager 2010, a powerful backup-and-restore platform designed by Microsoft specifically for protecting Windows file and application servers and workstations. System Center Data Protection Manager 2010 offers continual,transparent backup of both physical and virtual computers to onsite or remote disk drives as well as off-line backup to magnetic tape, and enables fast, simple-to-manage restoration of entire computers or individual files. Data Protection Manager's disk drive backup delivers the performance and reliability required to protect your vital business data without disrupting network availability, while Data Protection Manager's tape drive support makes long-term archiving expenses affordable and helps ensure adherence to industry or regulatory retention requirements.

Many small companies still rely on outdated, tape-based backup and recovery solutions. In case of a serious system failure, this can lead to substantial revenue loss due to prolonged system downtime and, possibly, unrecoverable data. Tape-based protection procedures are unreliable because the media is subject to mechanical wear and requires a tightly maintained warehousing environment. Microsoft reported a whopping 17% failure incidence when using mag tape to archive their own operational servers. Mag tape is also inherently slow. Because of this, backups require scheduled server downtime, recovery snap shots are commonly separated by days rather than minutes, and the restore procedure is long and tricky.

DPM gets around these shortcomings by supporting fast, reliable disk systems for short-term backup while restricting tape to long-term archiving. The speed of hard disks permits continual non-disruptive backup, reduces recovery point spacing to as low as 15 minutes, and substantially cuts restoration time. For improved disk dependability, Data Protection Manager supports disk clustering and fault-tolerant arrays. New features of Data Protection Manager 2010 include support for Windows 2008 Hyper-V R2 virtualization and CSV, the ability to restore single files, database availability group (DAG) support for Exchange 2010, improved operation with SharePoint Server, and full data protection during a Live Migration process.

How Progent's Microsoft Engineers Can Help You Integrate Data Protection Manager 2010
Progent's Microsoft Gold-certified consultants can help your business to assess the costs and advantages of DPM and can assist you in all facets of DPM integration. Progent can help you:

  • Determine your protection targets and establish a backup/restore policy to accomplish them
  • Design a cost-effective wide area network topology to support DPM
  • Configure Microsoft Windows 2008, SQL Server, Exchange, and SharePoint to run with DPM 2010
  • Configure Protection Groups and Storage Pools
  • Calculate and allocate hard disk space for backup
  • Plan tape rotation and management
  • Configure Protection Agents on computers on both sides of your firewall
  • Maximize backup and recovery speed

Additional DPM-related Support Offered by Progent
Progentís Cisco-certified CCIE network engineers can assist your company to design a resilient network infrastructure that is economical to install and simple to manage and that provides maximum system availability and data protection. Progent's CISSP-ISSAP security specialists can assist you to produce and test a business continuity plan that is economically sensible for your situation, provides security for your sensitive data, and minimizes downtime in the event a catastrophic IT failure.

Call or Email Progent to Get Support from a Microsoft-Qualified DPM 2010 Specialist
If you wish to get in touch with Progent about consulting assistance for System Center DPM 2010 solutions, call 1-800-993-9400 or see Contact Progent.