IBM Spectrum Protect Review

apart from restoring data that has been inadvertently deleted or corrupted, we also use Spectrum Protect in conjunction with Spectrum Scale.


How has it helped my organization?

Well, apart from restoring data which has been inadvertently deleted or corrupted, we also use Spectrum Protect in conjunction with Spectrum Scale.

As the tape storage pool for HSM (inactive) data, this leaves a stub file in Spectrum Scale's GPFS file system and moves the file data to the LTO6 tape based storage pools -- so it vastly reduces the cost of the overall services, whilst maintaining Nearline access to the files.

What is most valuable?

a. Incremental forever
b. We have approximately 4.5PB’s of front end data and a 12 hour backup window.

However, by backing up only the changed data, we average around 75TB per night. If we had to do full backups, even occasionally, we would not be able to complete the backup within 12 hours, or we would have to make a large investment to fit a full backup within the 12 hour window.

What needs improvement?

  • Reporting
  • Ease of use

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

No, we have found it to be an extremely reliable system.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

No, scalability is one of its key capabilities.

How are customer service and technical support?

Local in country L2 is average. Offshore L3 is okay, but not as good as they used to be.

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

Yes, it wasn't scalable enough, and client support was not as extensive.

How was the initial setup?

You do need to know what you are doing to setup the platform, so invest in doing the design work upfront before deploying.

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

At scale, the consumption license (per TB) is very expensive, so generally, licensing the hosts running the software (both Target and Source), this does mean you will need to work out the PVU for each client, but you can use the License Metric Tool to make this easier.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

That was really too long ago to be of any use. However, I would suggest that at scale today, only Commvault and now Veeam, would be the products to compare it against.

What other advice do I have?

Make sure your people have the right skills. You have a design, setup your automation policies so it doesn’t need manual intervention, and have your admins investigating and resolving the exception.

Which version of this solution are you currently using?

Extended Edition V 7.1.7
**Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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author avatarit_user677721 (Information Technology Technician at a tech vendor with 51-200 employees)
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Imagine if you could perform progressive incremental forever on databases too using Spectrum Protect?
Take a look at http://www.ligtas.org