For many environments, simply providing reliable backup and recovery of key workloads like SQL Server and Exchange is enough.
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 to deliver 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:
- One technology for disk-to-disk protection for fast recovery
- A legacy tape backup solution that they were using for long-term archival
- 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.