MS releases beta of data protection app

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By  Published  October 6, 2006

Microsoft took another step into the storage arena last month with the public beta release of the second version of its System Centre Data Protection Manager (DPM).

The updated version of Microsoft’s backup and recovery solution, set to ship next summer, comes almost a year after the software giant launched its first storage software product, DPM 2006.

The biggest differentiator between version two and its predecessor is that the system now enables customers to backup and protect their Microsoft applications where previously they were only able to backup and protect individual file servers.

DPM version two also extends the recovery-centric design of DPM 2006 to Microsoft Exchange Server, SQL Server and SharePoint Portal Server and enhances its file server protection capability.

“Customers who have been dissatisfied with the complexity and cost of alternative backup solutions are looking for Microsoft to deliver a superior data protection solution,” said Kirill Tatarinov, corporate vice president of the Windows Enterprise Management Division at Microsoft.

“DPM version two, which includes support of Microsoft Exchange Server, Microsoft SQL Server and Microsoft Office SharePoint Portal Server, sets a new standard for data protection.”

He said DPM version two combined the concepts of continuous data protection and traditional tape backup, online and offline, into a single product, enabling a zero-data-loss configuration for applications.

“This innovation represents a significant milestone in Microsoft’s Universal Distributed Storage and systems management strategies,” he added.

Microsoft said traditionally the backup and recovery of an application required the identification and maintenance of various stores of user data, application binaries and configuration data as well as a list of procedures to recover both the data and the application.

With DPM version two, the vendor stated, IT administrators could help protect and recover all applications or application objects by using application terminology and concepts such as mailboxes for Microsoft Exchange Server or file shares for Windows file servers.

Microsoft said DPM version two brought together the best aspects of continuous data protection with traditional tape backup/restore capabilities to provide a comprehensive disk-to-disk-to-tape data recovery solution.

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