Published: April 20, 2010

Microsoft Looks to Third-Parties to Extend DPM 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:

  • Increase scale. A single DPM server can protect 100 production servers (up from 30-40) and 80 TB of data, 1000 Windows clients, 2000 SQL databases, 40 TB Exchange databases, and 25 TB SharePoint farms.
  • Provide a single agent for all Microsoft workloads, including support for Windows 7, MOSS 2010, Exchange 2010, and SAP running on a SQL server.
  • Support Hyper-V on Windows 2008 r2, including support for LiveMigration scenarios with cluster-shared volumes, recovery of .VHDs to an alternate host, and VM-level backup with either VM-level or file-level recovery.
  • Protect connected or disconnected Windows clients with continuous backup (backup is performed locally until a connection/synchronization is possible), allowing data to be recovered locally and enabling end-user self-service restore.
  • Enable SharePoint farm-level protection with document-level restore, eliminating the need for a SharePoint recovery farm.
  • Replicate a DPM server off site to third-party cloud providers, such as Iron Mountain or i365.

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.

Read more of Lauren's blog entries at Data Protection Perspectives.

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