Microsoft has shipped Data Protection Manager 2010 (DPM 2010), an advanced backup-and-restore solution designed specifically for supporting Windows file and application servers and workstations. System Center Data Protection Manager 2010 allows continual,transparent backup of physical and virtual computers to local or off-site disk drives plus off-line copying to magnetic tape, and permits rapid, easy-to-manage recovery of whole servers or individual files. DPM's disk drive support provides the speed and reliability you need to protect your vital business data without interrupting network availability, while DPM's tape drive compatibility keeps long-term archiving expenses affordable and helps ensure adherence to contractual or regulatory data retention requirements.
Most small companies continue to depend on obsolete, tape-centric backup and restore technology. In case of a serious system breakdown, this can lead to significant income loss because of extended network unavailability and, in the worst case, lost records. Tape-based backup procedures are unreliable because the media is sensitive to wear and tear and requires a carefully controlled warehousing environment. Microsoft reported a whopping 17% failure rate when using tape to back up their own production servers. Mag tape is also inherently slow. Because of this, backups call for periodic downtime, recovery snap shots are commonly separated by days instead of minutes, and the recovery process is time consuming and hard to manage.
DPM solves these shortcomings by using fast, dependable disk systems for short-term backup while restricting tape media to long-term storage. The high performance of disks permits continual non-disruptive backup, shrinks restoration point intervals to as little as 15 minutes, and substantially lowers restoration time. For enhanced disk reliability, Data Protection Manager supports high availability disk clusters and fault-tolerant storage arrays. Innovations with DPM 2010 include support for Windows 2008 Hyper-V virtualization and Clustered Shared Volumes, the ability to restore individual files, database availability group (DAG) support for Exchange 2010, enhanced operation with SharePoint, and protection during a Live Migration process.
How Progent's Microsoft Consultants Can Help You Deploy System Center Data Protection Manager 2010
Progent's Microsoft-certified engineers can help your business to assess the costs and benefits of Data Protection Manager and can help you in all facets of DPM deployment. Progent can assist you to:
- Define your protection targets and establish a backup/restore policy to accomplish them
- Design an efficient wide area network topology to accommodate DPM
- Set up Windows Server 2008, Microsoft SQL Server, Exchange Server, and SharePoint Server to run with DPM 2010
- Set up Protection Groups and Storage Pools
- Calculate and allocate hard disk storage for backup
- Define tape library circulation and management
- Install Protection Agents on systems inside and outside your network firewall
- Optimize backup and restoration speed
Other DPM-related Consulting and Support Offered by Progent
Progentís Cisco-certified CCIE network experts can assist your company to design a robust network architecture that is affordable to install and easy to manage and that offers maximum system availability and data protection. Progent's CISSP-ISSAP security experts can assist you to produce and validate a disaster recovery strategy that is economically sensible for your situation, ensures security for your vital data, and minimizes system downtime in case of a major network breakdown.
Call or Email Progent for Help from a Microsoft-Certified DPM 2010 Specialist
If you wish to ask Progent about consulting expertise for System Center Data Protection Manager 2010 solutions, call 1-800-993-9400 or visit Contact Progent.