IBM Spectrum Protect Review

It is reliable and we don't lose data


What is our primary use case?

Primary use case is backing up data in order to restore our customers, if needed. The performance right now is okay.

Our on-premise infrastructure is comprised of two tape libraries (3500), each staffed with about 55 TS1150 drives, and approximately 5000 cartridges. The snapshots are taken on NAS filers, as they are EMC VNXs, and Spectrum Scale. It is there that we take the snapshots. For buffering, we have some V7000s in place, but all in HPE Blade enclosures. We previously had virtual tape, but not anymore.

How has it helped my organization?

We do not lose data. That is why we are using this product and have a backup in place.

What is most valuable?

  • We can scale. Today, we have an average backup volume of 100TB a day. 
  • It is reliable; it works. 
  • We have a good cooperation with IBM. 

What needs improvement?

The features should be a little bit closer together. 

If you take Spectrum Protect into account, and you have it along with restrictions to Spectrum Archive by means of LTFS, this is also something which should be made better within the overall product's program.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The stability is very nice. The only thing that IBM should improve with the program is the licensing. We have a little engine in place. However, if you use Power PC and you have big engine in place. then you have some restrictions to the versions. This should be remedied. 

This would be a real improvement: The product to gather storage on the one hand, and storage for backup on the other hand.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It scales until the next frame must be purchased.

The growth plans are given by the user. In science, you never know what the next step is. We are struggling against newer experimental setups. This is great for the scientists, but if you double the resolution size for microscopy, it ends up with a lot of more data on our side. However, we serve our scientists, so we just purchase new.

How is customer service and technical support?

The support levels at IBM are very good.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup and infrastructure were done within days. It was an okay process. There was nothing negative about it.

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

The license model that they have at IBM, which is due to volume, from a certain volume onward is not the right license model. Right now, we have a better license model. This is the model that we had at the end of last year.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

There was a call for tender for an overall storage renewal, and IBM easily won out versus its competition. 

What other advice do I have?

If you are looking for a reliable solution, it is okay. If you are looking for just backing up some smaller clients in a small business unit, so there are probably other competitors around. 

Disclosure: IT Central Station contacted the reviewer to collect the review and to validate authenticity. The reviewer was referred by the vendor, but the review is not subject to editing or approval by the vendor.
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