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Microsoft releases file-server backup beta

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In a continuing bid to capture some of the tape-backup market, Microsoft on today released a beta version of the upgrade to its file-and-application server recovery software, which includes support for a wider range of the company's server products.

The product, System Center Data Protection Manager (DPM) 2006 version 2.0, builds upon a previous version of DPM released last year that marked the company's first move into the data-protection software market.

Version 2.0 employs a patent-pending technology that constantly monitors data changes and can recover the data with zero loss, Microsoft said. During recovery, the new version can also draw data from tape, a new capability, as well as from disks, Microsoft said.

DPM version 2.0 now supports Microsoft's Exchange Server, SQL Server and Office SharePoint Portal Server, plus the already-supported Windows 2000 and Windows 2003 servers.

DPM is a candidate to replace low-end tape products with centralised disk-to-disk backup, the research analyst company Gartner wrote in a November 2005 report.

Gartner wrote that Microsoft is expected to make gains in the field because of the wide use of Windows file servers and typically low use of file-protection software among small- to medium-size businesses.

DPM Version 2.0 also employs new replication technology that reduces the input and output necessary to keep large data sets synchronised, Microsoft said.

The beta can be downloaded here.


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