IBM Spectrum Computing Review

Provides stable backup for our databases and has good technical support


What is our primary use case?

The primary use case of this solution is to backup everything in our data center. This includes VMware environments, Microsoft Hyper-V, Unix machines including HP UNIX, and AIX, as well as normal machines for Windows.

The deployment model we used was on-premises.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the backup, which we use for backing up Oracle SQL databases.

What needs improvement?

Hyper-convergence can be improved. IBM Spectrum is not supported or compatible with Nutanix with hyper-convergence. SMB storage and HPC is not compatible and it should be supported by IBM Spectrum Computing.

The GUI could be more user-friendly for the administrator. In the GUI you cannot do all of the administration tasks, you have to go to the Command-Line.

In VM the GUI can handle everything, Spectrum should be like this.

Also, I would like to have the Hyper-converged solution Nutanix with IBM Spectrum, it's a very good product.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using this solution for one year.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

This solution is stable.

How are customer service and technical support?

We are satisfied with the technical support, we have no issues.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was complex.

The deployment took three to four days. 

The implementation took two days and the configuration took three days because we have a large virtual environment.

What about the implementation team?

We had a vendor to deploy this solution for us.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

This solution is expensive.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I would prefer to go to EMC Data Domain, also VM supported by VMware is good.

What other advice do I have?

We are partners with IBM, and we renew our partnership yearly.

I tell everyone that they should go with IBM Spectrum Computing.

The cost is high but I like this solution.

I would rate this solution a ten out of ten.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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