Microsoft talks up alternative to tape

Microsoft has launched its System Center Data Protection Manager (DPM); the next step forward in its Universal Distributed Storage strategy.

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By  Matthew Wade Published  October 9, 2005

Microsoft has launched its System Center Data Protection Manager (DPM); the next step forward in its Universal Distributed Storage strategy. Announced by Bob Muglia, senior vice president of the firm’s Windows Server Division, Data Protection Manager is designed to lower the total cost of ownership for back-up and recovery for firms of all sizes, whilst enabling entirely new customer scenarios based upon rapid and reliable recovery and near-continuous protection. “Back-up has been the bane of IT professionals for decades,” said Muglia. “Disk-based data protection provides a revolution in providing continuous back-up and fast recovery of data. Data Protection Manager will help usher in this new era of disk-based data protection.” Microsoft claims that with the release of DPM it is one step closer to realising its vision for Universal Distributed Storage, which aims to deliver distributed storage solutions built on industry standard hardware. Microsoft’s wider goal is for Windows to manage storage more cost-effectively than other platforms, centralised either on a Storage Area Network (SAN) or on a remote worker’s desktop. In launching DPM, Microsoft announced the findings of a report it commissioned from VeriTest, the independent testing division of Lionbridge Technologies Inc. This study concluded that Data Protection Manager provided significant, tangible benefits over the tape-based back-up solutions it tested in the study. In the VeriTest benchmark tests, DPM provided the two following benefits: DPM provided x11.6 faster file recovery with disc than equivalent file recovery from tape back-up - using Veritas Backup Exec 10 software; and secondly, DPM was found to complete an incremental back-up job x3.7 faster with disc than equivalent incremental tape back-up, again using Veritas Backup Exec 10 software. Aimed at all sizes of business, from small firms to enterprise-level corporates, DPM can be deployed without disruption to existing IT infrastructure environments and is set to retail at US $950. This sum includes one server license and the management licenses to protect three file servers. More information is available from, as is a free trial download of Microsoft’s Data Protection Manager software. Microsoft has also now announced the beta release of Windows Storage Server 2003 R2, which is targeted for release to manufacturing by the end of this year.

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