Microsoft unveils System Centre DPM 2

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Microsoft unveils System Centre DPM 2

Latest offering boosts continuous data protection.

Microsoft has unveiled the first public beta of its System Centre Data Protection Manager (DPM) version 2.

The latest version is designed to deliver continuous data protection for Microsoft application and file servers.

DPM 2 aims to let customers monitor data changes in real time using agent-based technology for which Microsoft is currently seeking a patent.

It is designed to bring together continuous data protection with traditional tape backup/restore capabilities to provide a disk-to-disk-to-tape data recovery system.

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

Kirill Tatarinov, corporate vice president of the Windows Enterprise Management Division at Microsoft, said: "DPM 2 combines 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."

Tatarinov added that the backup and recovery of an application traditionally 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 2, Microsoft claims that IT administrators can 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.
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