Published: April 20, 2010
It's a big week for Microsoft Data Protection Manager 2010 ... even though it's a month or more away from general availability. At the Microsoft Management Summit this week, DPM 2010 was released to manufacturing, and i365 and Iron Mountain both made DPM 2010-related announcements that extend its capabilities.
Microsoft continues to make strides since joining the disk-based backup and recovery space with DPM 2006, adding features that have increased its appeal to Microsoft-centric buyers. Among other things, DPM 2010 promises to:
Iron Mountain and Microsoft previously teamed up to deliver a cloud storage option for DPM 2007 customers over a year ago, allowing users to extend their data protection strategies with cloud-based copies for DR. This week, Iron Mountain announced support for DPM 2010 and enhancements to Iron Mountain CloudRecovery-beefing up its scalability, streamlining DPM-CloudRecovery integration, and altering its licensing/pricing model to provide greater cost efficiency and predictability to subscribers.
i365 is partnering with Microsoft in a slightly different way. i365 is delivering an all-in-one hardware-software-cloud solution: Evault for System Center Data Protection Manager (EDPM). The Dell server ships with both Microsoft DPM and Evault backup software accessed via a single user interface and with a unified policy engine. Why both? Since DPM is limited to protecting Microsoft's operating system, hypervisor, and applications, EDPM allows Microsoft to address a wider audience-including Linux, UNIX, NetWare, IBM i, VMware, and Oracle users. Optionally, the EDPM storage can be replicated to the i365 cloud-creating a more economically-feasible DR copy for mid-market and small enterprise companies.
Missing from Microsoft's DPM 2010 strategy is any statement that the company will leverage its own cloud service capabilities in Windows Azure. Will DPM be offered as software as a service (SaaS)? Will Windows Azure cloud storage be used for DPM 2010 DR copies? Stay tuned.
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