According to Tech Insider, Microsoft has released a public beta of the Data Protection Manager (DPM) program which promises to automate disk backup protections. DPM provides a disk to disk backup solution that is faster then current disk to tape backup systems and is designed to keep servers backed up with little user intervention. I first saw this mentioned on Computer World last year and it appears the release process is progressing.
"Our whole goal with DPM is to shrink the operational costs associated with IT professionals having to manually recover lost data and manage cumbersome backup and recovery processes," says Ben Matheson, group product manager for DPM at Microsoft. "From what our early-adopter customers are telling us, DPM is doing that very effectively."