Microsoft Gets Into The CDP Game

by admin September 27, 2005 at 11:22 am

Microsoft will officially launch its first backup and recovery product late Tuesday, a near-continuous data protection (CDP) application.

Data Protection Manager (DPM) is loaded onto servers running Windows Server 2003 or Windows Storage Server 2003. The server is then added to the storage environment for greater data protection.

DPM can work with just about any standard disk or storage configuration, said Ben Matheson, group product manager for Data Protection Manager. “If it works with Windows Server, we’ll work with it,” he said.

After an initial set-up and backup, DPM saves only byte-level changes, making it “very efficient and very fast,” said Matheson. Microsoft released test results from VeriTest showing that DPM is four to 12 times faster than tape-based data protection for backup and recovery.

DPM continually logs changes, but replicates data at most only once per hour, leaving as much as an hour of data vulnerable to loss. Still, Matheson takes issue with those who claim they can deliver the CDP ideal of continuous backup and recovery to any point in time.

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