Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager (SCDPM) offers near-continuous backup and rapid recovery for environments centered on Microsoft technology. SCDPM provides small and mid-size organizations application-aware protection for key workloads such as Microsoft SQL Server, Exchange and SharePoint. SCDPM can be used to back up Windows and Linux virtual machines and supports VMs hosted on Hyper-V and VMware. SCDPM can back up and restore files, folders and volumes and can replicate and restore data between separate localities. For streamlined offsite backup, SCDPM can take advantage of Microsoft Azure Backup for temporary backup and the Azure Recovery Services vault for low-cost, long-term archival backup. (Learn about Progent's Microsoft Azure planning and cloud integration consulting services.)
Current versions of SCDPM include support for Windows Server 2019, SQL Server 2019, Exchange 2019, and SharePoint 2019. Current releases also feature greater storage efficiency, higher performance with tiered storage, support for ReFS volumes, offline Backup using Azure Data Box, and enhanced security.
Progent's Microsoft-certified consulting team can help businesses to plan, deploy, manage, and troubleshoot a backup system built on System Center Data Protection Manager. Progent can assist you to upgrade from prior versions of Data Protection Manager or from a different backup platform, and Progent can tune your SCDPM environment for on-premises, hosted, cloud-based, or hybrid deployment models. Progent offers remote or onsite consulting expertise and can deliver as-needed help in resolving your most challenging issues, or end-to-end project management or co-management services to ensure your Data Protection Manager initiative is successfully completed on schedule and on budget.
Data Protection Manager Architecture
Microsoft designed Data Protection Manager with special attention to protecting Microsoft servers and workloads. By supporting Volume Shadow Copy Services (VSS) and other key protection features built into Microsoft servers and applications, SCDPM can transparently back up and rapidly restore Microsoft-specific entities such as Exchange DAG groups, the distributed components of SharePoint farms, and Windows Hyper-V Clustered Shared Volumes (CSVs). This allows administrators who are not experts in any or all of these technologies to recover data easily and accurately. SCDPM continuously protects the core Microsoft server workloads to a SCDPM server, which then allows disk-based recovery and tape-based, long-term archival storage for a complete backup and recovery solution. A single SCDPM server can support up to 800 virtual machines of 100 GB each and 3,000 Windows client computers.
System Center DPM focuses on backup for Microsoft technologies
Using System Center Data Protection Manager with Microsoft SQL Server
SCDPM can protect Microsoft SQL Server including SAP workloads, and handles advanced SQL Server cluster configurations. For enhanced reliability and performance, SCDPM supports the use of clustered SQL Server nodes for its database. DPM supports SQL Server Failover Cluster Instance (FCI) using Cluster Shared Volume (CSV). SCDPM includes the ability to protect an entire instance of SQL Server so all new databases are protected automatically, expanded capacity to handle up to 2,000 databases, and a self-service restore capability that allows administrators to restore their own databases.
SCDPM can back up regular data files as well as the system state of a server, and it also works efficiently with servers that maintain databases/transactional log files. SCDPM is especially efficient as a backup and restore mechanism for Microsoft SQL Server because it intelligently integrates with the SQL Server VSS writers. Since SCDPM uses core VSS services, it will back up all files, open or not, to at least a snapshot recovery level. As a result, you never have to worry about open file issues. SCDPM can also protect SQL Server databases that use the AlwaysOn feature, including database clusters and SharePoint farm databases with SQL Server AlwaysOn enabled.
In between express full copy captures, the standard SQL Server transaction logging mechanism is used to offer up-to-the-minute protection. The log files themselves are replicated by SCDPM. In case a recovery is required, the most recent SCDPM differential backup can be combined with the most recent set of transaction logs to provide rapid restoration.
For information about Progent's Microsoft-certified support services for SQL Server, refer to Microsoft SQL Server Consulting.
Using System Center Data Protection Manager with Microsoft Exchange Server
Current versions of SCDPM support Microsoft Exchange Server 2019 and 2016, and can protect Exchange database availability groups (DAGs). SCDPM includes the ability to provide tailored, application-aware protection for Exchange Server and addresses a granularity problem that has historically been a major headache for Exchange administrators. Exchange backup APIs are designed to back up entire databases. However, if you want to restore an individual mailbox or public folder, you have in the past had two choices: either restore the entire database or switch to third-party mailbox-level backup tools. SCDPM allows you to protect one or more storage groups as a whole, while still giving you the ability to restore individual mailboxes.
SCDPM also offers 'lossless recovery' of Exchange Server data. This means that after SCDPM has restored your email databases to the latest recovery point, and updated all of the synchronized transaction logs, SCDPM can automatically reapply the surviving Exchange transaction logs from the production server to the very last committed email message, bringing the Exchange server completely forward.
SCDPM improves the performance of your Exchange Server by offloading the typical ESEUTIL operations that most backup applications impose on the production server. The SCDPM server takes car of this on the redundant data, conserving the bandwidth on the production Exchange Server.
To learn more about Progent's support for Microsoft Exchange Server, see Microsoft Exchange Server Consulting.
Using Data Protection Manager with Virtual Servers
SCDPM offers continuous protection for virtual machines (VMs) powered by Windows Server Hyper-V and through integration with System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) can provide consistent protection even during a Hyper-V Live Migration process. For users of VMware, a way to reduce disaster recovery time drastically is to build an SCDPM server with enough CPU and RAM resources to create a system that allows you quick recovery from a failed virtual machine host server. Since the SCDPM server always has an exact replica of all the virtual machine guest files, in the event the virtual machine host fails, and by having a virtual server installed on the SCDPM server, you can choose to boot those replica images as running machines and take your time in restoring the original failed virtual machine host server. This means you could be up in minutes with all your virtual machine guests even with a complete failure of the original virtual machine host. Adding to the time savings, the entire operation can be accomplished remotely.
How Progent Can Help You Benefit from Microsoft Data Protection Manager
Progent's Microsoft-certified Data Protection Manager consultants can help you create practical recovery plans, design an affordable fault-tolerant network infrastructure, deploy a SCDPM-based backup and restore solution, thoroughly test your system, show your IT staff how to manage Microsoft SCDPM, or handle complete IT outsourcing services including off-site hosting of virtual or physical SCDPM servers in Progent's datacenter.
Progent's consultants can use industry best practices to help you:
- Define your recovery goals and establish a protection policy to meet them
- Design an efficient multi-site plus cloud network topology for SCDPM
- Configure Windows Server SQL Server, Exchange, and SharePoint to run with SCDPM
- Configure Protection Groups and Storage Pools
- Calculate and allocate disk space for backup
- Define custom volumes
- Install Protection Agents on computers inside and outside your firewall
- Integrate SCDPM with System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) and with System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM)
- Integrate SCDPM with Microsoft's Azure Backup for cloud-based protection
- Optimize backup and recovery performance
Progent's cybersecurity experts have earned prestigious certifications from internationally recognized network security institutions. Progent can provide the support of CISA-certified security audit consultants, CISM-certified security management experts, CISSP-certified cybersecurity professionals, GIAC-certified information assurance consultants, and CISSP-ISSAP certified security architecture experts. To be awarded credentials from these organizations, security consultants must have both proven experience and demonstrated knowledge of industry best practices for business continuity planning and disaster recovery. For more information about Progent's security engineers and their services, visit Network Security Services.
High Availability Solutions Supported by Progent's Experts
Progent's certified engineers can help your business to build an efficient, fault-tolerant system that addresses major issues encompassing a broad range of networking technologies and processes including:
Business Continuity Planning
Progent's business continuity planning professionals can show you how to create a workplace recovery strategy that will allow you to resume network functionality in the event of an information system disaster. Progent can assist you to develop a complete disaster recovery plan that incorporates periodic disaster recovery evaluations and drills. Progent's Microsoft and Cisco-authorized consultants can also help you create an affordable, fault-tolerant system solution that addresses availability issues involving a wide array of infrastructure technologies and procedures. To find out more, go to Business Continuity Consulting Services.
CRISC-Premier Network Risk Control
The CRISC program was initiated by ISACA in 2010 to validate a consultant's ability to plan, implement, and maintain information system controls to mitigate network risk. Progent offers the expertise of a CRISC-certified consultant to help you to create and carry out a business continuity or disaster recovery strategy that follows industry best practices identified by CRISC and crafted to match your company's risk appetite, business objectives, and IT budget. For more information, go to CRISC-Premier IT risk control specialists.
Windows Server 2019 Fault-tolerant Failover Clustering
Windows Server 2019 offers important improvements in scale, performance, management, security and compliance, app compatibility, Linux support, Kubernetes technology, and hybrid integration of on-premises and cloud-hosted resources. Headline enhancements of Windows Server 2019 are Windows Admin Center for centralizing the management and monitoring of hybrid on-premises/cloud resources, System Insights for taking advantage of modern predictive analytics to control on-premises environments, Windows Defender ATP (Advanced Threat Protection) Exploit Guard for host-intrusion prevention, container orchestration with Kubernetes, Cluster Sets for building and managing massive non-stop scale-out clusters, and Storage Migration Service for simplifying the upgrade process from outdated editions of Windows Server. For more information, visit Microsoft Server 2019 Fault-tolerant Failover Clustering Consulting.
Microsoft Server 2016 Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity
Progent's Windows Server 2016 disaster recovery consultants can help you to plan and deploy a DR system built around Microsoft's most advanced Failover Clustering tools including Cluster Operating System Rolling Upgrade for non-intrusive migration to Windows Server 2016, Storage Replica for zero-data-loss Recovery Point Objective (RPO), Storage Spaces Direct for high-performance storage clusters using low-cost equipment, VM Load Balancing for improving the speed and fault-tolerance of Failover Clusters while reducing capital investment and management overhead, and Cloud Witness for fast, economical deployment of a stretch cluster quorum arbitration point. For more information, go to Windows Server 2016 Disaster Recovery Expertise.
VMware Site Recovery Manager (SRM) Disaster Recovery Solutions
VMware's Site Recovery Manager is a component of VMware vCenter that lets you specify, automate and verify a repeatable workflow for recovering services rapidly following an outage. Site Recovery Manager provides centrally managed and automated recovery, application mobility, plus non-disruptive site relocation, failback and site re-protect. SRM also enables transparent testing for site recovery, updates and fixes and can produce reports to verify complete service recovery, validate SLAs and demonstrate compliance. Progent offers the skills of a VCDX certified VMware Site Recovery Manager consulting expert to help you to design, deploy, test and manage a DR solution powered by VMware SRM.
NetApp MetroCluster High Availability and Disaster Recovery Software
NetApp MetroCluster is a high-availability and disaster recovery software suite that combines array-based storage clustering along with replication to deliver rapid, zero RPO disaster recovery between datacenters located up to 185 miles (300km) apart from each other. Progent offers access to a certified NetApp MetroCluster expert who can help you to design, deploy, manage, upgrade, test and troubleshoot a disaster recovery system based on NetApp MetroCluster. Progent can assist you to select a topology for your MetroCluster environment that meets your technical requirements and IT budget. Progent can ensure you adhere to leading practices for configuring your MetroCluster solution by providing guidance with procedures such as assigning disk pools, arranging aggregate layout, provisioning NetApp FlexVol volumes, setting up Data ONTAP configuration replication service, installing Cisco and Brocade switches, designing a tiebreaker, setting up a configuration replication network, and testing your MetroCluster disaster recovery system to verify compliance with information assurance standards and regulatory mandates.
High Availability Load Balancing
Progent provides fault tolerant load balancing support covering system load balancing, load balanced applications, LAN/WAN infrastructure routing, and content delivery technology such as F5 Networks 3DNS. Non-stop load balancing products for which Progent offers consulting expertise include Microsoft Windows 2003 and 2008 Server Network Load Balancing Manager, Citrix Metaframe and Access Gateway, Cisco Content Services Switch, Cisco Content Distribution Manager and Cisco CDN Software, and F5 Networks 3-DNS. For details, see Non-stop Load Balancing.
Fault Tolerant Colocation
Progent's Data Center professionals can show you how to identify zero-downtime data centers that match the specific needs of your business. Fault tolerant co-location sites are particularly attractive to small and mid-size companies because of their affordability and convenience in comparison to pursuing a do-it-yourself approach. Attempting to create an on-site data center with even a minimum level of fault tolerance is too expensive for most small organizations. Progent is ready to show you how to get all the advantages of high-availability Internet data centers by providing a full range of engineering and maintenance services. To read more, visit Non-stop Colocation Expertise.
Non-stop Branch Office Networking
Progentís interoffice connection consultants can help businesses create fault tolerant inter-site connections by means of fully redundant system architectures featuring automatic failover. Progentís Cisco-premier CCIE engineers can design and deploy fault-tolerant Inter-office networks supported by zero-downtime EIGRP network routers or non-stop OSPF deployment of Cisco routers. Progent can show you how multi-path connections and transparent fail-over can provide affordable 24x7 interoffice networking. For details, go to Failsafe Interoffice Networking.
Non-stop Internet Connections
Progent's Cisco-certified IT consultants can show you how to build an affordable, high availability Internet connection architecture that can deliver non-stop Internet access through a broad range of high availability Internet access technologies including high availability BGP, automatic fail-over, and redundant Internet Service Providers. Progent can provide Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert professionals to help you apply the most up-to-date techniques for high availability Internet connections to create an economical, completely redundant Internet interface with automatic failover and other features to create zero-downtime Internet access. To learn more, see 24x7 Internet Access Architecture.
Backup and Restore Solutions Consulting Experts
Progent offers affordable remote support from consultants with expertise in a wide array of utilities and technologies that deliver solutions for backing up Windows, Mac, and Linux/UNIX physical and virtual servers and workstations plus laptops and handhelds. Progent offers consulting support for all major data protection platforms such as Acronis Backup and Recovery, Symantec Backup Exec, BackupAssist Software, CrashPlan PRO, Double-Take Backup, Mozy, Retrospect for Macintosh, Time Machine, VMware vSphere Data Protection (VDP), and FLARs. Progent's consultants can assist you to install, upgrade, or troubleshoot data backup systems for a range of environments including local, edge to datacenter, cloud, or hybrid. To read more, go to Backup and Restore Solutions Consulting Services.
Barracuda Backup On-premises and Cloud Data Backup and Disaster Recovery
Barracuda Backup is a low-cost, subscription backup/restore service for small and mid-size organizations. A Barracuda Backup deployment can include a custom-designed hardware appliance manufactured by Barracuda or a virtual appliance with similar features but which uses your existing storage hardware. Barracuda Backup protects vital company data produced on-premises, at one or more remote locations, or in the cloud. For disaster protection, you can replicate data to the Barracuda Cloud, to Amazon Web Services (AWS), or to any location with a Barracuda Backup appliance. Progent is a Barracuda partner and Progent's Barracuda Backup consulting experts offer a broad array of consulting services to assist you to plan, integrate, operate and repair a backup and disaster recovery solution based on Barracuda technology. For details, see Barracuda Backup and disaster recovery consulting.
ProSight Data Protection Services Altaro VM Backup Solutions for Backup and Disaster Recovery
Altaro VM Backup offers small and mid-size organizations a dependable and budget-friendly solution for backing up and restoring Hyper-V and VMware-based virtual machines (VMs). Altaro VM Backup can be used for on-premises, offsite, distributed, and cloud architectures and also enables cost-effective cloud backup to Microsoft Azure storage. Progent is an Altaro partner and can provide a broad array of remote or on-premises consulting services to assist you to design, install, manage and troubleshoot a comprehensive backup/restore solution powered by Altaro VM Backup software. With ProSight Data Protection Services Altaro VM Backup, Progent delivers a fully managed backup/restore service based on Altaro VM Backup software. To learn more, go to Altaro VM Backup certified consultants.
ProSight DPS Altaro O365 Backup Solutions
Microsoft Office 365 offers simple archiving but does not include native support for key data protection services like Exchange Online backups or greater than 30-day point-in-time data recovery for OneDrive for Business or SharePoint. Altaro Office 365 Backup delivers a feature-rich platform for programmable backup and rapid restoration of all your company's Office 365 mailboxes, Microsoft Teams Chats, SharePoint sites, and OneDrive data. Progent is a certified Altaro partner and has designed ProSight Data Protection Services O365 Backup to provide end-to-end management services for Altaro's Office 365 data protection suite. ProSight DPS O365 delivers a budget-friendly backup-as-a-service alternative that guards Office 365 apps against data loss or corruption resulting from user or system error, malevolent deletion, and malware assaults such as ransomware. To read more, see ProSight DPS Altaro O365 Backup services.
Managed Cloud Backup: ProSight Data Protection Services ECHO
ProSight Data Protection Services ECHO offer small and medium-sized organizations a low cost and fully managed service for reliable backup/disaster recovery (BDR). Available at a low monthly rate, ProSight DPS ECHO automates and monitors your backup activities and enable fast restoration of critical data, apps and virtual machines that have become unavailable or damaged as a result of hardware breakdowns, software bugs, disasters, human error, or malicious attacks such as ransomware. ProSight Data Protection Services ECHO can help you back up, recover and restore files, folders, applications, system images, plus Microsoft Hyper-V and VMware images. Critical data can be protected on the cloud, to an on-promises device, or to both. Progent's BDR specialists can provide advanced expertise to configure ProSight DPS ECHO to be compliant with regulatory requirements such as HIPAA, FIRPA, and PCI and, whenever needed, can help you to recover your business-critical information. Read more about ProSight Data Protection Services ECHO managed cloud backup.
ProSight DPS 360 Backup Services
Progent can assist your company to create, implement and troubleshoot a backup solution based on MSP360 software. MSP360 enables file or image backup/recovery for VMs and physical computers, works with all popular public clouds, and permits you to build a backup solution with a minimum RTO and a granular RPO. With ProSight Data Protection Services 360 Backup, Progent offers end-to-end monitoring and management of your backup environment to protect against data loss resulting from user miscues, computer errors, ill-intentioned users, and external assaults such as ransomware. To find out more, see ProSight DPS 360 Backup services.
Consulting Services Double-Take Solutions for Backup/Restore
Double-Take Software offers a selection of tools intended to provide small businesses a range of affordable alternatives for backing up and restoring vital workloads such as Exchange, Microsoft SQL Server, Blackberry, and Microsoft Office SharePoint. Progentís business continuity planning experts have in-depth experience incorporating Double-Take Software products into small business information systems to achieve an advanced state of availability and business continuity capability at a budget-friendly cost. To read more, see Consulting for Double-Take Solutions for Backup.
Why Pick Progent for Disaster Recovery/Business Continuity Planning?
Because Progent is a Microsoft Partner and provides professional application consulting for a wide range of business applications, Progent can assist clients to arrive at comprehensive IT solutions that substantially enhance the productivity of your IT network. As a Registered Partner for Cisco, Progent can provide the support of premier engineers and specialists with expertise in architecting, configuring and maintaining networking solutions built on Cisco products. The depth of Progent's IT experience and Progent's sensitivity to the needs of small companies make Progent a great partner for building and running an affordable, fault-tolerant information system.
How to Access Progent's Consultants for Support for High Availability Networks
If you wish to ask Progent about professional expertise for fault tolerant LAN design, phone 1-800-993-9400 or see Contact Progent.