Microsoft has published System Center Data Protection Manager 2010 (DPM 2010), a comprehensive backup-and-restore solution built by Microsoft specifically for protecting Windows servers and clients. Data Protection Manager 2010 offers on-going,non-disruptive backup of physical and virtual systems to local or off-site disks plus off-line backup to tape, and enables rapid, simple-to-manage restoration of whole servers or single files. Data Protection Manager's disk backup provides the speed and reliability required to protect your vital business information without disrupting network operations, while Data Protection Manager's mag tape support keeps long-term archiving expenses affordable and helps ensure adherence to contractual or regulatory data retention requirements.
Many small companies still depend on obsolete, tape-based backup and restore solutions. In case of a serious IT breakdown, this can result in significant income loss due to prolonged network unavailability and, in the worst case, lost information. Tape-only backup procedures are unreliable because the media is sensitive to mechanical wear and requires a carefully maintained warehousing environment. Microsoft reported a 17% failure incidence when using tape to archive their in-house operational servers. Mag tape is also inherently slow. Consequently, backups call for periodic downtime, restoration points are often separated by days rather than minutes, and the restoration procedure is time consuming and hard to manage.
Data Protection Manager solves these problems by using high-performance, reliable hard disks for short-term backup and relegating tape to long-term archiving. The high performance of hard disks allows continual transparent backup, reduces restoration point intervals to as low as 15 minutes, and substantially lowers recovery time. For improved disk reliability, Data Protection Manager 2010 supports disk clustering and fault-tolerant storage arrays. New features of DPM 2010 include support for Windows 2008 Hyper-V R2 virtualization and CSV, the option to restore single files, database availability group (DAG) support for Exchange Server 2010, enhanced operation with SharePoint Server, and full data protection during a Live Migration process.
How Progent's Microsoft Engineers Can Assist You Deploy DPM 2010
Progent's Microsoft-certified consultants can assist your business to evaluate the expenses and advantages of DPM 2010 and can help you in all phases of Data Protection Manager deployment. Progent can assist you to:
- Determine your recovery targets and establish a backup/restore strategy to accomplish them
- Design an efficient wide area network topology to accommodate DPM
- Configure Microsoft Windows Server 2008, SQL Server, Exchange, and SharePoint Server to run with DPM
- Set up Storage Pools
- Estimate and reserve disk storage for protection
- Define tape circulation and management
- Install Protection Agents on systems inside and outside your network firewall
- Optimize backup and restoration speed
Other DPM Support Available from Progent
Progentís Cisco CCIE network engineers can assist you to create a robust network architecture that is affordable to deploy and easy to maintain and that offers maximum system availability and protection. Progent's CISSP-ISSAP certified security specialists can help you to produce and test a disaster recovery strategy that is financially sensible for your business, provides security for your vital corporate information, and minimizes downtime in the event a major network breakdown.
Call or Email Progent for Assistance from a Microsoft-Certified DPM 2010 Expert
In order to ask Progent about technical expertise for DPM 2010 integration, call 1-800-993-9400 or refer to Contact Progent.