DPM has been a critical part of Microsoft Hyper-V Private Cloud infrastructures, as it provides the capability to protect the virtual machines, as well as the applications running within them.
I've found DPM to be a refreshing replacement for many different backup products, especially because of its emphasis on disk protection, cloud secondary storage, and ability to protect without an over-reliance on "backup windows". Naturally I'm excited about what the future holds for DPM and I a lot of information was provided to us at Tech Ed on DPM 2012. Here are the key feature additions!!
This is a key feature, as it allows you to centrally manage all DPM servers from one place.
Certificate Based Protection
- Centralized Monitoring
- Remote administration
- Remote recovery
- Role Based management
- Remote corrective actions
- Scoped Troubleshooting
- Push to Resume Backups
- SLA based Alerting : Alert only when SLA violated
- Consolidated Alerts ensure one ticket per root cause issue
- Alert categorization (Ex: infra alerts versus backup failure alerts)
- Allow admins to automate/extend the base functionality using PowerShell
- Support for workgroup members using certificate protection
- Support for clustered workloads not in trust relationship to DPM parent domain
- Supports the ability to co-locate multiple protection groups on one set of tapes
Generic Data Source Protection
- Support for item level recovery, even when DPM is in a VM. This is a nice departure, as previously the DPM server had to be running the Hyper-V role to execute on item level recovery.
- Supports network location backup / recovery
- Basic protection of any referential data source
- Direct recovery into SharePoint in minutes!!
Here is a video where some of this is talked about in more detail: