Microsoft Corp. today announced the immediate general availability of Microsoft® System Center Data Protection Manager (DPM), the next step forward in the company’s Universal Distributed Storage strategy. Bob Muglia, senior vice president of the Windows Server™ Division, will make the announcement during his keynote address at the Storage Decisions conference this evening at 6 p.m. Data Protection Manager promises to lower the total cost of ownership for backup and recovery while enabling entirely new customer scenarios around rapid and reliable recovery and near-continuous protection.
“Backup has been the bane of IT professionals for decades,” Muglia said. “Disk-based data protection provides a revolution in providing continuous backup and fast recovery of data. Data Protection Manager will help usher in this new era of disk-based data protection.”
The release of DPM is a step closer toward the realization of Microsoft’s vision for Universal Distributed Storage, aimed at delivering distributed storage solutions built on industry standard hardware.
At an estimated retail price of $950 (U.S.), which includes one server license and the management licenses to protect three file servers, Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager is designed to provide customers with more rapid and reliable recovery and less potential data loss relative to tape backup. DPM offers customers and partners an effective backup and recovery solution that significantly lowers IT costs and the risk of permanent data loss and increases productivity and efficiency. More information on DPM and industry partners can be found at http://www.microsoft.com/dpm.
Microsoft also announced the beta release of Windows Storage Server 2003 R2, targeted for release to manufacturing by the end of 2005, and the company’s intent to build solutions from storage industry partners.
There’s also a Q&A with Bob Muglia.