For those of you interested in backup, and in particular, System Center Data Protection Manager 2010, the guys over at ZDNet Australia have written an interesting review of the beta release (Release Candidate coming soon!).

The review focuses on a few key areas, such as general usability improvements over DPM 2007, scalability improvements, automation improvements, client protection, protection around Virtualisation, SharePoint and Exchange 2010, along with improvements in DPM chaining and non-domain protection (great for hosting/managed services).

You can read the whole review here.

The thing that stood out most to me, was the bolt-on technology appliance, namely the EVault Backup and Recovery Appliance, produced by i365, which helps DPM 2010 become a more-heterogeneous protection tool, protecting UNIX, Linux, Novell Netware, VMware, IBM System i, and Oracle.  It also provides the capability to protect up into the cloud, and it’s powered by Seagate.  Useful stuff, I’d say.

Read all about that, here.