Microsoft takes disk-based backup for a spin

Taking another step into data storage, Microsoft plans to unveil on Friday software for backing up files on disk-based systems. The product, dubbed System Center Data Protection Manager, is designed to tempt more companies to try disk-based backup and recovery through a tried-and-true tactic: a cut-rate price. Microsoft said its software and an accompanying server computer will cost customers less than $5,000 to protect 1 terabyte of data, compared with competing systems that cost $50,000.

“We want every company to be able to afford and use disk-based backup,” said Ben Matheson, group product manager for Data Protection Manager. “We’re going to be very disruptive to the market.”


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