Data Protection Manager 2010 advice sought
We have planning to implement Data Protection Manager 2010 over the Summer.
We have a dedicated server (Dell R200) and 4 Qnap NAS boxes (iSCSI). We are looking at backuping up around 28 servers (some/majority of these are virtual)
My question is, what are the advantages/disadantages with installing the agent onto the Hyper-V host, over installing the agent onto all of the VMs and treating them as seperate machines? I don't want to do both as it's a waste of backup storage.
Also, for long term stroage I am undecided between a Quantum 8 LTO5 auto tape changer connected with a 6Gbit SAS cable, or use Firestreamer to backup to locally attached USB HDDs.
I really don't like tape as there are so many disadvantages, on the other hand I have concerns about using Firestreamer. The company seems to depend on this as their main product and the main use of this product seems to be for DPM2010. So there seems to be significant risk that the company could go under, leaving customers in the lurch, particularily in relation to archived backups and needing to restore data from them.
All it would take is for MS to add backup to USB into their next version and Cristalink may go under.
Am am particularily intestested to hear from anyone with any experience of implementing DPM 2010.
Or did anyone get consultants into implement it (e.g. due to tight timescales/lack of expertise), or who have worked with them to implement it?
For info: All the servers will be 2003/2008 and 2008 R2. We also have Exchange/ISA 2006 and several instances of SQL Server dating back to 2005 version, we no longer have Sharepoint to backup. Not that relevant but we have 4 sites connected at 100Mbit.