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  • Create Your Disaster Recovery Plan using Azure & System Center
    24 December 2014
    10:19 AM

    Category:Cloud Services; Portals and Collaboration; Infrastructure and Messaging
    Post By:Chelsea Stephens

    Microsoft System Center Data Protection Management (DPM) 2012 has presented a new feature that provides a solid, online protection solution for the customer’s production data. When fully implemented, this is a backup administrator’s delight.  Not only does this benefit IT administrators, but CIOs and business owners are extremely happy about the reduced total cost of ownership as the need to take tapes off-site vanishes. When you combine the rich features of System Center DPM with the power and convenience of Windows Azure, everyone benefits. Customers save money and resources while IT administrators have the best backup and disaster recovery plan in place for their company.

    With cloud storage and backup becoming common place worldwide, a majority of current System Center DPM users are warming up to the idea of fully utilizing all the capabilities and features offered through System Center DPM 2012 and are extending their backup options via Windows Azure. One can’t over-emphasize the importance of good backups while developing a reliable disaster recovery plan.
    One of the most difficult things with a backup solution is the quality of disaster recovery. Often, we develop what we believe to be a good backup plan but never attempt to test it. What good is a backup that is never tested for accuracy and reliability? Using System Center DPM and Windows Azure to backup, you will never to have to worry about the quality of the tape or the backup itself once you have tested and practiced this backup recovery plan.

    Graphical View of a DPM Console with Azure (online) subscription

    B2B Tech Success with Azure and System Center DPM
    B2B Technologies has already implemented this solution internally and is extremely happy with its practicality and reliability. We share our own success story with our customers to reinforce its importance in the IT workplace and provide the best possible option when it comes to creating a disaster recovery plan.

    Best Practices: Facts & Tips
    •    You can use Windows Powershell to recover a DPM backup from Azure using the Windows Azure backup agent

    •    Azure Backup provides a Disaster Recovery (DR) solution more than a long-term archive solution. 30 days is the maximum retention period at this time for Cloud Backup of Windows Servers. (DPM can provide up to 120 days retention of Cloud Backup protected data.)

    •    Azure Backup may incur storage charges. This link has up-to-date pricing information on Windows Backup charges for Azure storage:

    •    Azure Backup simplifies the process of getting data out of the building. It’s much easier than backup tapes or offsite storage services.

    •    To make this work, the Azure Backup agent must be installed on the DPM server only when used in this configuration. When Azure Backup is used in conjunction with System Center DPM, there must be an additional location for recovery data storage.

    •    This will protect your SQL, Exchange and SharePoint just as if it were on-premises

    •    The cost is as little as $0.28 per GB per month (please check with your MS vendor)

    By: Stephen Aluko
    Senior Consultant, B2B Technologies

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