Microsoft sets pricing for new backup software

Licensing for System Center Data Protection Manager will be similar to Microsoft's server management software.

MINNEAPOLIS -- Microsoft on Friday released pricing information for its System Center Data Protection Manager product, the company's first foray into disk-based backup software.

The company, which made the announcement at its Worldwide Partner Conference, also revealed that it will release DPM to manufacturing within the next 30 days, and it should be widely available by the beginning of October. Customers could have the product earlier, depending on the channel through which they purchase it, according to Microsoft group product manager Ben Matheson.

The product will be licensed in line with Microsoft Operations Manager 2005, using a server/agent model. For $950, Microsoft will license one DPM server to protect three file servers. Additional agent licenses can be purchased, but pricing will depend on volume.

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DPM is the first product to carry the System Center label, a brand that will eventually cover all of Microsoft's management products, including MOM 2005 and Systems Management Server (SMS).

Matheson said the initial version of DPM will not support hot backups for Exchange Server and SQL Server, but that the next version will. He estimated that the second version of DPM will be released within two years.

Microsoft will run a training and certification program for its channel partners to educate them on the new product and its features, Matheson said.

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