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Monday, September 20, 2004

Microsoft Targets Continuity with Data Protection Server

Microsoft Corp. officials said the company will expand its storage portfolio and vision deep into the lucrative disk-based backup and recovery arena next year.

The software maker took the wraps off its Microsoft Data Protection Server at the Storage Decisions 2004 conference in Chicago.

Data Protection Server, or DPS, is currently in limited beta release and will expand to a public beta in the first quater of 2005.

Customers can expect the backup and recovery in the second half of 2005, said Jeff Price, senior director, Windows server product management.

Built to work in close tandem with Microsoft’s Windows Server 2003, Microsoft Storage Server 2003, and Active Directory, DPS is tabbed to help customers drive down costly backup and data recovery times as well as inefficiencies by recording changes within Windows file server workloads. 
Nestled between file servers and a tape library system, DPS features deployed agents to locate all file servers, and then ensure appropriate configurable rules are in place for continuous change logging and replication.  DPS will integrate with tape offerings via a backup interface currently in development.  The interface is based upon Microsoft’s Volume Shadow Copy Service API located in Windows Server 2003, Price said.  This will allow third-party tape backup vendors to partner with Microsoft to support DPS for Windows-based environments.,1759,1648458,00.asp?kc=EWRSS03119TX1K0000594

Posted on 09/20