After a public beta with more than 60,000 participants over the past year, Microsoft is releasing version 2 of its Data Protection Manager (DPM) product to manufacturing this week. The new version of Data Protection Manager has improved snapshots and scalability, but it's still lacking key capabilities.
Beta users said they like the simplicity of DPM version 2 as well as its tighter integration with other Microsoft products. Ingram Leedy, managing partner of Elephant Outlook, a Microsoft Exchange hosting provider, said he has struggled in the past with backup products, including Symantec Corp.'s Backup Exec and EMC Corp.'s Replication Manager, especially when it came to troubleshooting.
"Backup has been just a nasty thing for us," he said. "At times we've had a problem, other vendors point fingers at Windows and vice versa, and it's been very frustrating."