Microsoft has published System Center Data Protection Manager 2010 (DPM 2010), an advanced backup-and-recovery platform designed by Microsoft specifically for protecting Windows servers and workstations. Data Protection Manager 2010 allows on-going,transparent backup of both physical and virtual computers to onsite or remote disk drives as well as off-line recording to magnetic tape, and enables fast, simple-to-manage recovery of whole servers or individual files. DPM's hard disk support delivers the speed and reliability you need to protect your vital business data without interrupting network availability, while DPM's tape compatibility makes long-term archiving expenses low and simplifies compliance with contractual or legal data retention mandates.
Most small companies continue to depend on outdated, tape-centric backup and recovery technology. In case of a serious system failure, this can lead to substantial income loss because of prolonged system unavailability and, possibly, unrecoverable information. Tape-only protection solutions are unreliable because the media is sensitive to wear and tear and requires a tightly controlled physical environment. Microsoft reported a 17% failure rate when using mag tape to back up their own production servers. Mag tape is also inherently low performance. Consequently, backups require periodic server downtime, restoration snap shots are often separated by days instead of minutes, and the recovery procedure is time consuming and tricky.
DPM solves these problems by supporting fast, reliable disk systems for short-term backup while relegating tape media to long-term archiving. The speed of hard disks allows ongoing transparent backup, reduces recovery point intervals to as low as 15 minutes, and substantially lowers recovery time. For improved disk reliability, Data Protection Manager supports disk clustering and fault-tolerant arrays. New features of DPM 2010 include operation with Windows 2008 Hyper-V virtual machines and Clustered Shared Volumes, the ability to recover single files, database availability group (DAG) support for Exchange 2010, improved integration with SharePoint, and full data protection during a Live Migration process.
How Progent's Microsoft-certified Engineers Can Assist You Integrate System Center Data Protection Manager 2010
Progent's Microsoft Gold-certified consultants can assist you to evaluate the costs and advantages of DPM and can help you in all phases of DPM integration. Progent can assist you to:
- Define your protection goals and create a backup/restore strategy to meet them
- Design a cost-effective wide area network topology to support DPM
- Configure Windows 2008, SQL Server, Exchange Server, and SharePoint Server to run with DPM 2010
- Set up Storage Pools and Custom Volumes
- Calculate and reserve disk space for protection
- Plan tape library rotation and administration
- Configure Protection Agents on systems inside and outside your network firewall
- Optimize backup and restoration performance
Additional DPM-related Consulting and Support Services Available from Progent
Progentís Cisco CCIE network engineers can assist you to design a resilient network infrastructure that is affordable to deploy and simple to manage and that provides maximum uptime and data protection. Progent's CISSP-ISSAP certified security specialists can help your company to create and validate a business continuity strategy that is economically sensible for your situation, provides security for your vital corporate information, and reduces system downtime in case of a catastrophic network breakdown.
Contact Progent to Get Assistance from a Microsoft-Qualified DPM 2010 Specialist
To ask Progent about engineering support for DPM 2010 integration, phone 1-800-993-9400 or refer to Contact Progent.