Today, we’re happy to announce the beta release of Data Protection Manager 2012, with the latest and greatest System Center data protection capabilities. In its fourth generation, Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager 2012 builds on a legacy of providing unified data protection for Windows servers and clients as a best-of-breed backup & recovery solution from Microsoft, for Windows environments. As a key component of System Center 2012, DPM provides critical data protection and supports restore scenarios from disk, tape and cloud -- in a scalable, manageable and cost-effective way.