Microsoft has shipped System Center Data Protection Manager 2010 (DPM 2010), a comprehensive backup-and-restore platform designed specifically for supporting Windows servers and workstations. System Center Data Protection Manager 2010 allows continual,transparent backup of both physical and virtual systems to onsite or remote hard disks as well as off-line copying to magnetic tape, and permits rapid, easy restoration of entire computers or individual files. DPM's disk backup provides the performance and reliability required to protect your critical business information without interrupting network availability, while Data Protection Manager's tape compatibility keeps long-term archiving costs low and helps ensure adherence to industry or legal retention requirements.
Many small companies still depend on outdated, tape-centric backup and restore solutions. In case of a serious IT failure, this can result in significant income loss due to prolonged system unavailability and, possibly, unrecoverable data. Tape-based backup solutions are unreliable because tape media is sensitive to wear and tear and requires a tightly maintained warehousing environment. Microsoft reported a whopping 17% failure incidence when using mag tape to back up their in-house operational servers. Mag tape is also inherently low performance. Consequently, backup processes require periodic downtime, recovery points are often spaced apart by days rather than minutes, and the recovery procedure is time consuming and hard to manage.
DPM gets around these problems by using high-performance, reliable hard disks for online backup while relegating tape media to long-term storage. The speed of hard disks permits ongoing transparent backup, shrinks recovery point spacing to as low as 15 minutes, and substantially cuts recovery time. For improved disk reliability, Data Protection Manager supports high availability disk clusters and non-stop storage arrays. New features of DPM 2010 include support for Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V R2 virtualization and Clustered Shared Volumes, the ability to recover individual files, DAG support for Exchange 2010, improved integration with SharePoint Server, and full data protection during a Live Migration procedure.
How Progent's Microsoft Consultants Can Help You Integrate Data Protection Manager 2010
Progent's Microsoft-certified consultants can assist your business to evaluate the expenses and advantages of Data Protection Manager 2010 and can assist you in all facets of Data Protection Manager integration. Progent can assist you to:
- Define your protection targets and create a backup policy to meet them
- Design an efficient wide area network topology to accommodate DPM
- Configure Windows 2008, Microsoft SQL Server, Exchange Server, and SharePoint to work with DPM 2010
- Configure Protection Groups and Storage Pools
- Calculate and reserve hard disk storage for protection
- Plan tape library circulation and administration
- Install DPM Protection Agents on systems on both sides of your network firewall
- Optimize backup and restoration performance
Other DPM-related Support Services Available from Progent
Progent’s Cisco-certified CCIE network engineers can assist you to create a robust network infrastructure that is economical to install and easy to maintain and that offers maximum system uptime and data protection. Progent's CISSP-ISSAP security specialists can help you to create and validate a disaster recovery strategy that is financially realistic for your business, ensures security for your vital data, and reduces system downtime in case of a major network breakdown.
Contact Progent to Get Help from a Microsoft-Certified DPM 2010 Expert
If you wish to contact Progent about engineering help for Data Protection Manager 2010 integration, call 1-800-993-9400 or see Contact Progent.