IBM Spectrum Protect Review

Very reliable. If you have SAN on the back end housing TSM’s storage pools, you can achieve blazing fast restore times.

Valuable Features

Client scheduling, deduplication, parallel processing of restores, disaster recovery manager.

Improvements to My Organization

Very reliable backup and recovery system. If you have SAN on the back-end housing TSM’s storage pools, you can achieve blazing fast restore times.

Room for Improvement

DB2 at the back-end database has some bugs in version 6; however, I have not yet worked with version 7 of TSM, so perhaps IBM has improved this, but don’t know for sure.

Use of Solution

Since 2005.

Deployment Issues

Yes, with deduplication turned on, you need to be careful about how you scale server ratio to clients. Dedup takes more DB space and processing time. We overloaded our first v. 6 server when we moved from 5.3 and this was a major headache.

Stability Issues

For some reason on 6.2, when DB2 does a reorg, dsmserv will hang. Have not been able to troubleshoot deep enough due to lack of time.

Scalability Issues

No. You just need to have the servers and backend SAN storage with which to scale. $$$

Customer Service and Technical Support

Customer Service:

IBM has been pretty good so far and you get people who know the product with great expertise.

Technical Support:


Previous Solutions

No, I have used TSM since I started managing backup/recovery.

Initial Setup

I would say its fairly complex and would be best done with a consultant. It is a product designed to scale to immense proportions and takes a team to put it together right.

Implementation Team

Implemented through a vendor team. The consultant we had was an expert.


Not sure. But it has saved us from data loss many times.

Pricing, Setup Cost and Licensing

Not sure.

Other Solutions Considered


Other Advice

Definitely recommend it.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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Pedro EmilianoReal UserTOP 20

Truely the only enterprise backup software year after year.
Its ugly, difficult and so accurante, stable and scalable.
The only backup software with huge retro compatability, sometimes not supported but works.

15 September 16
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