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Sunday, October 01, 2006

System Center Data Protection Manager version 2

System Center Data Protection Manager version 2 Beta 1 Overview

System Center Data Protection Manager version 2 beta 1 download

Data Protection Manager (DPM) is the new standard for Windows backup and recovery -- delivering continuous data protection for Microsoft application and file servers using seamlessly integrated disk and tape media. DPM enables rapid and reliable recovery through advanced technology for enterprises of all sizes.
Continuous Data Protection for Windows Application and File Servers

DPM protects Windows Servers by continuously capturing data changes with application-aware, block-level agents, providing an easy-to-manage and robust disk and tape data protection solution, and one-click lossless application recovery.
Rapid and Reliable Recovery

DPM enables IT administrators and end-users to easily recover data in minutes from easily accessible disk instead of locating and restoring from less reliable tapes.
Advanced Technology for Enterprises of All Sizes

DPM combines the best features of disk and tape and reduces infrastructure requirements. Microsoft’s experience in Windows Server technology provides a technically advanced and comprehensive data protection solution for the most demanding Microsoft environments—from the SMB to the Enterprise.

Today’s business climate is more challenging than ever and businesses are under constant pressure to lower costs while improving overall operational efficiency. In short, businesses are being asked to “do more for less.” One way that enterprises of all sizes can reduce costs and improve business agility is by changing the way data protection is managed. DPM provides the following additional benefits:
Continuous Data Protection

DPM captures data changes as they occur in real-time and synchronizes every 15 minutes to ensure Windows data and user productivity are protected—unlike other legacy methods that backup data only once a day—so that business critical data can be protected at all times.
Lossless Restores for Applications

By seamlessly integrating a point-in-time database restore with the existing application logs, DPM delivers lossless recovery of Microsoft Exchange, SQL, and SharePoint servers without the need for constant replication or synchronization.
Superior Application Integration for Exchange Server, SQL Server, and SharePoint

DPM offers integrated support for E12 CCR and LCR clusters, shorter SQL backup windows without the need for compression, and integrated Farm, DB, and site-level restores for SharePoint. DPM also provides one touch application restores so there’s no need to pre stage recovered data and then utilize other application-specific UI’s.
Rapid Recovery

Backing up data to disk provides the fastest way to recover data that’s been lost due to user error or software and hardware corruption. With DPM, recovering information is as simple as browsing a share and copying directly from the DPM platform to the production server within seconds. By restoring data from disk, DPM enables customers to recover data in minutes, versus the hours it takes to recover from tape.
Reliable Recovery

DPM leverages disk-based backup to provide the highest level of reliability versus traditional—and often unpredictable—tape backup methods. All of the various failure points for tape backup, including corrupt indexes, broken media, misplaced cartridges, and human error are all avoided by relying on disk storage as the primary restoration medium, while still leveraging tape for long-term archival storage.
Seamless Disk and Tape Integration

DPM transparently leverages both disk and tape mediums to enable fast, multiple points-in-time-per-day restores from disk, while ensuring long term retention and off site portability with disk.
Unified Protection Policies Across Data Types

DPM allows protection to be configured across heterogeneous applications and file-sharing platforms with a single policy. This allows you to manage logical groupings of data from a single UI—delivering Exchange, SQL, SharePoint and File data mixed, within a single policy, to any combination of disk and tape protection.
SLA-driven Backup Process

Protection policies are based on intent and SLAs, creating a layer of abstraction that insulates the user from the often confusing process of scheduling individual backup jobs in order to meet an overall SLA.
Patented Block Filter

With an efficient disk infrastructure and reduced network traffic, DPM’s volume filter changes how backups are achieved and maintained:
— The volume of full backups is reduced by as much as 90 percent, saving disk space and reducing backup time from hours to minutes.
— Express full backups and an enhanced network throttling mechanism allows for more granular management of bandwidth.


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