Microsoft to beta test backup software

Beta release is available for download today

Microsoft is expected to announce today at Storage Networking World that its disk-based backup and instant recovery product will be entering beta testing.

Introduced last September as Data Protection Server, the now-renamed Data Protection Manager will allow IT administrators to continuously back up the Windows NT file system and recover data from any point in time. Data Protection Manager will back up as many as eight servers. In the future it will be able to back up Microsoft Exchange and SQL Server implementations.

Data Protection Manager works with Microsoft’s Active Directory, Windows Server 2003 and Windows Storage Server 2003. Users of Dell, EMC or HP network-attached storage appliances that use Windows Storage Server 2003 will also be able to use Data Protection Manager. It will also integrate with Microsoft’s System Centre software.

IT administrators that download the beta software will be able to upgrade to the release-to-manufacturing product when it ships. Data Protection Manager, which is still not priced, is expected to ship in the third quarter of this year.

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