Announcing SC 2016 DPM with Reduced TCO of Backup

System Center 2016 Data Protection Manager (SCDPM) is well recognized in the Industry for protection of Microsoft workloads and environments. It protects key Microsoft workloads such as SQL, SharePoint and Exchange as well as virtual machines running on Hyper-V or VMware.

SC DPM 2016 brings in features that delivers improvements in multiple key areas of backup efficiency, performance, flexibility and security.  With Modern Backup Storage (MBS), DPM 2016 is turning around the way backups are stored by leveraging modern technologies like ReFS Block Cloning, ReFS Allocate On Write and VHDX.  This to 3X faster backups and 50% reduction in storage consumption thus reducing overall backup TCO.

Windows Server 2016 Private Cloud deployments are faster, secure and cost efficient with enhancements like Storage Spaces Direct (S2D), Rolling Cluster Update, Shielded VMs and Resilient Change Tracking (RCT).  DPM 2016 can protect Windows 2016 Private Cloud deployments efficiently and seamlessly.

3X Faster backups and 50% storage savings

Modern Backup Storage (MBS) uses technologies such as ReFS Block Cloning, VHDX and Deduplication to reduce storage consumption and improve performance. ReFS block cloning uses Allocate On Write technology where all new backup writes go to new location directly as opposed to Copy On Write. This leads to 70% reduction in IOs leading to 3X faster backups.  MBS is able to grow and shrink backup storage consumption inline with production storage by leveraging VHDX as backup container and storing it on ReFS volume.  Thus MBS helps in reducing overall storage consumption by 50%.

Optimized Backup Storage Utilization

DPM 2016’s workload-aware backup storage technology gives you the flexibility to choose appropriate storage for a given data source type.  For ex., SQL DBs with 15 minute RPO would need high-performance backup storage to ensure that storage is able to meet the backup speeds.  Backup of a file system with 1 day RPO can be stored on a low cost JBOD.  This flexibility optimizes overall storage utilization and thus reduces backup TCO further.

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Hyper-V Private Cloud Protection Enhancements

Windows Server 2016 introduced RCT technology that tracks backup changes natively within a VM.  This takes away the necessity of tracking backup changes by DPM’s filter driver.  As a result, VM backups are resilient, avoiding painful Consistency Checks in scenarios like VM storage migration.

Windows Server 2016 comes with Storage Spaces Direct (S2D), that eliminates the need for expensive shared storage and related complexities.  DPM recognizes and protects Hyper-V VMs deployed on any S2D or ReFS based SOFS cluster configurations.

DPM’s ability to do backup and recovery of Shielded VMs securely helps in maintaining security in backups. DPM maintains backup SLA by continuing VM backups while Cluster is being upgraded to Windows 2016 using Cluster OS Rolling Upgrade .

Upgrade with ease and peace of mind

DPM 2016 upgrade is very simple and will not disrupt your production servers. After upgrading to DPM 2016 and upgrading agents on production servers, DPM backups will continue without rebooting production servers.  DPM MBS capability is enabled after upgrading DPM OS to Windows Server 2016.

Be Sure to go through Introducing SC 2016 DPM Modern Backup Storage, to understand how MBS work.

Get these features Now!

You can get DPM 2016 up and running in ten minutes by downloading Evaluation VHD.  Questions?  Reach out to us at AskAzureBackupTeam@microsoft.com.

If you want to enable Azure Backup for longterm retention, refer to Preparing to backup workloads to Azure with DPM Click for a free Azure trial subscription

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