This sounds really cool except for one thing.... it's using the "B" word again.... no not the "beta" word..... the BRANCH OFFICE word...that B word... and I always cringe when I see it because I wonder if it's "my" definition of Branch office or Microsoft's? Microsoft's is more of a real true branch office.... mine could be a booth at Starbucks.
But regardless... I think this v2 of this product now includes the one major thing that Dave and Brian said it needed the most -- Data protection of Exchange.... 'cause without email ...most folks around here go into withdrawal. And now that it will include both Exchange AND SQL it's looking like it's now in the product category of "hmmm now it's looking somewhat interesting".... the original product was an offsite Shadow File copy....which I attempted to do on a USB drive until the drive failed and took down my server in the process... (another of the don't do that events).
On September 27th, Microsoft announced the public beta of System Center Data Protection Manager version 2.
As part of our Optimizing Core IO customer campaign, DPM fulfills the “Data Protection and Recovery” pillar.
Data Protection Manager (DPM) is a key member of the Microsoft System Center family of management products, designed to help IT Pros manage their Windows environment.
Today, DPM 2006 delivers centralized backup for branch offices, while providing rapid and reliable recovery of files from readily accessible disk instead of waiting to locate and mount tapes. Restores are achieved from an easy-to-use IT administrator interface, as well as enabling end-users to restore their own data directly from Windows® Explorer or any Microsoft Office™ application.
Data Protection Manager (DPM) v2 is the next generation of Microsoft’s data protection platform – and the backup/restore tool that administrators of Microsoft networks have been asking for. DPM “v2” sets a new standard for Windows backup and recovery -- delivering continuous data protection for Microsoft application and file servers to a seamlessly integrated secondary disk and tape solution on the DPM server. DPM enables better backups as well as rapid and reliable recoveries for both the IT professional and the end-user. DPM significantly reduces the costs and complexities associated with data protection through advanced technology for enterprises of all sizes.
Continuous Data Protection for Windows Application and File Servers - DPM protects core Windows Server workloads (Exchange, SQL, SharePoint and File) by continuously capturing data changes with application-aware block-level agents, providing an easy-to-manage and robust disk/tape back end platform, 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 brings together the best aspects of CDP real-time protection with traditional tape backup/restore to provide a comprehensive disk‑to‑disk‑to‑tape data recovery solution. Combined with Microsoft’s experience in Windows Server technology, DPM v2 provides a technically advanced and comprehensive data protection solution for the most demanding Windows environments – from the SMB to the Enterprise.
When helping customers mature through the stages of Core IO, be aware of opportunities for customers to better protect their environments with this new Microsoft offering.