Microsoft is planning to ship System Centre Data Protection Manager, its continuous data back-up software, in the next 30 days.
DPM, which is already available in beta form, allows companies to back-up business-critical information on to hard discs, as opposed to more expensive tape systems, which are more difficult to manage.
Data Protection Manager also allows end users to retrieve files on their own, without the involvement of IT staff, which is expected to deliver time and cost savings.
The estimated retail price is £540, which includes one server licence and the management licences to protect three file servers. Data Protection Manager makes high-quality data back-up technology and long-term data recovery more affordable, Microsoft said.
The software is designed to help companies of all sizes to implement, deploy and use disk-based backup systems, the company said.
The software is especially useful for organisations which find tape back-ups too expensive or too complex to use.