IBM Spectrum Protect Review

Traditional archiving is the most valuable feature.

How has it helped my organization?

The archiving ability of Spectrum Protect is second to none. Our company archives millions of files and Spectrum Protect has been the only product we found that can handle the workload, let alone handle it in the time frame that we require.

What is most valuable?

Traditional archiving. One of our revenue streams involves maintaining archives of our customers' data for very long periods of time. Spectrum Protect has proven to be the most effective solution given our requirements.

What needs improvement?

The GUI has long been a problem for TSM/Spectrum Protect. IBM has improved it a great deal, but until you can do any administrative task necessary, it will always be its weakest point.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Stability is one of its strongest advantages. It’s not the easiest product to configure, but once it is set up, it rarely has issues.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Scalability for Spectrum Protect has been another strong point for it. When I took over the team, we had just three instances in production. As we have expanded worldwide, we have grown to more 14 instances. Scalability has not been an issue as we have grown.

How are customer service and technical support?

I think this has a lot to do with the level of support you purchase as well as the level of expertise of the administrator. If you are new to the product, their support is fair. If you are experienced and are experiencing a serious issue, their support can be very lacking and tends to be quite slow to respond.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We have used Backup Exec and Commvault in our environment in the past. Backup Exec did not scale well as the company grew. Commvault was not scaling as well and could not meet our archiving needs.

How was the initial setup?

Installation of the product is much more simplified than in the past. Configuring the server itself is not something I would recommend for an inexperienced administrator to try and do on his own.

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

Licensing can be either complicated or simple depending on what type of licensing you wish to use and what works best for your environment. Capacity based licensing is pretty straightforward. IBM provides tools to help evaluate how much capacity you are using. PVU licensing is more complex and generally is going to be more expensive unless you have massive amounts of data coming from just a few locations.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I have evaluated NetBackup, Commvault, Backup Exec, Legato, Avamar, and Rubrik.

What other advice do I have?

Have a good understanding of what data you need to back up, how long and under what conditions it need to be retained, and how you can best organize it. This will help greatly when it comes time to configure storage pools, domains, polices, and copy groups.

Which version of this solution are you currently using?

**Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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author avatarCharlita Dalebjörk
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Very flexible solution.
You can refine which databases to backup or which to not protect.
You can enable snapshot on the databases, and perform progressive block level incremental forever on databases using ("LIGTAS") DB Protection