For many environments, simply providing reliable backup and recovery of key workloads like SQL Server, Exchange and SharePoint is more than enough - and DPM 2007 certainly delivers on that.  For larger enterprises, distributed branch-office environments, and those with mandates for off-site protection -- DPM 2007 can also be used for multi-tiered data protection for disaster recovery or business continuity preparedness. 

When Microsoft began looking at what customers' unmet needs were around data protection, we found that customers were often forced to use:

  • A legacy tape backup solution that they were using for long-term archival
  • Another technology for disk-to-disk protection for faster recovery
  • Yet a third-type of file/block replication technology for their off-site requirements around disaster recovery

One of the key design criteria for Data Protection Manager 2007 was to provide a truly unified disk-to-disk-to-tape experience that blended these three mechanisms behind an easy-to-understand UI and focus on best-of-breed features within a fixed set of workloads.  While many understand how DPM 2007 works for "normal" data protection, DPM's native internal protection mechanism delivers Disaster Recovery within the same product.

 Streaming Video -- DPM 2007 for Disaster Recovery and Multi-Tiered data protection

This 17-minute streaming video provides:

    • an overview of DPM 2007 in disaster recovery configurations
    • step-by-step setup of the DPM server at the disaster recovery location
    • how multi-tiered data protection meets branch office protection goals

If you have other suggestions for topics that you would like to hear about around System Center Data Protection Manager 2007, please drop me an email.

-- jason