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Defining storage

Updated: November 1, 2013

Applies To: System Center 2012 - Data Protection Manager, System Center 2012 R2 Data Protection Manager, System Center 2012 SP1 - Data Protection Manager

Your System Center 2012 – Data Protection Manager (DPM) deployment requires storage for backed up data. There are a few storage options:

  • Disk-to-tape (D2T)—You can back up data from the disk of a protected computer directly to tapeBack up from disk of protected computer to another disk—Backup to the cloud using Windows Azure Backup

  • Disk-to-disk (D2D)—You can back up data from the disk of a protected computer to another hard disk. You then can further back up the second disk to tape.

  • Disk-to-disk-to-tape (D2D2T)—You can back up data to disk in the short-term and then to tape for longer-term offsite storage.

  • Disk-to-cloud—You can back up data from disk directly to the Windows Azure cloud using Windows Azure Backup. This option provides short-term storage and can be used alone or in conjunction with any of the other backup methods.

  • Combinations

For more information about comparing storage options, see Plan for data storage.

Depending on the storage option you want to use there are a number of deployment steps:

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