System Center Data Protection Manager is a backup solution that Microsoft has designed from the ground up to provide application level backup for Exchange, File, SQL and SharePoint and other VSS aware workloads and hypervisor aware backups for both VMware and Hyper-V.
To provide disk-based data protection, the DPM server creates and maintains a replica, or copy, of the data that is on protected servers. The replicas are stored in the storage pool which consists of a set of disks on the DPM server, or on a custom volume. The following illustration shows the basic relationship between a protected volume and its replica.
Whether you are protecting file data or application data, protection begins with the creation of the replica of the data source.
System Center Data Protection Manager (DPM) can be deployed for:
- Application-aware backup: Application-aware back up of Microsoft workloads, including SQL Server, Exchange, and SharePoint.
- File backup: Back up files, folders and volumes for computers running Windows server and Windows client operating systems.
- System backup: Back up system state or run full, bare-metal backups of physical computers running Windows server or Windows client operating systems.
- Hyper-V backup: Back up Hyper-V virtual machines (VM) running Windows or Linux. You can back up an entire VM, or run application-aware backups of Microsoft workloads on Hyper-V VMs running Windows.
Integrating with capabilities in Azure backup services, Data Protection Manager is designed to provide fast local backup using resilient change tracking in conjunction with offsite long-term backup in Azure for up to 99 years.