IBM Spectrum Protect Review

One of the most valuable features is the incremental approach.


What is most valuable?

Incremental forever philosophy.

How has it helped my organization?

The benefits are that it's an efficient, scalable, and reliable product that provides what it is supposed to provide.

What needs improvement?

I would like to see better cloud integration. The big thing is the ability to better integrate with the cloud.

The current cloud integration is good and improving. The conference provided insight to some interesting and useful cloud directions that I was not aware of when we spoke. But in response to your question, I would like to see more (is better - right?) functionality. One notion is to provide self describing backup data which can be picked up by a second Spectrum Protect server in an ad-hoc manner. This could provide a simple means of DR recovery without requiring a DB Restore or existing replication configuration.

Another, similar notion would be an ability to create cloud based backup sets or client images which could be retrieved directly to a client without a Spectrum Protect server. There would be some serious security considerations for both of these ideas and their use case may be too small to realistically consider. I would like to say that I did meet some sharp folks who work in Spectrum Protect Development and they do like to think outside the box and they seriously consider input from their user community.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Stability is very good.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Scalability is excellent.

How is customer service and technical support?

I've used tech support. Tech support is usually pretty good. Sometimes it takes a while to get past the first level, but once you do, know that they're just doing their job. They are very knowledgeable people who will do everything they can to reach out to you and make sure that they resolve the problem.

What other advice do I have?

Understand how the incremental approach can be better than other solutions. It's a very good solution. It has some improvement to go, but compared to anything else out there, it's the top of the pack.

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

True
And now you can do the same on databases using ("LIGTAS") DB Protection https://www.ligtas.org
Progressive block level incremental forever on databases

03 November 17
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