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The most valuable feature is the performance because you can back up data really quickly.This is a superior and reliable backup system that can handle large capacities with little management.The backup is very secure. The deduplication using EMC is very good. We are able to make systems and handle random cloning. EMC is a very stable solution for making backups.The product provides good backup and compression services.The solution's most valuable feature is the integrated deduplication function.It's very easy to use the domain once it's been set up. The interface is also user-friendly.The most valuable features are the deduplication and compression and the Data Domain Boost.We have never had any issues with Data Domain. It has been stable.

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The most valuable features are the stability and also how it's seamlessly integrated with other IBM offerings.Instead of taking three different backups of your systems, you're taking only one. You're able to crack that open and get what you need. The incident recovery, where it creates the VM and then you're running it, technically you're running it on Spectrum Protect. But then in the background, it's doing the storage motion and moving it off the Spectrum Protect back to your VMware environment. The users don't know the difference.The archiving feature is the most valuable aspect of the solution.The interface is easy to use.SPIR is Instant Recovery for Spectrum Protect. It sends snapshots using space efficiently and blocking backups to the Spectrum Protect server. It provisions the snapshot from the backup server to the same or new server near instantly.This solution has improved our organization through better file and database recovery.The fact that we can take the backup straight onto tape is the most valuable feature.The most valuable features are compression and de-duplication.

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I would like to see better integration and support for backing up to cloud providers such as Alibaba Cloud.The product lacks some security features that would make it more stand-alone and integrated.They should reduce the CPC cost to customers. The product is becoming very expensive.The licensing model was the biggest concern for our company, but the poor support after the initial implementation is of equal concern.The pricing could be better, but it's still not too expensive.The firmware upgrades could be simplified. I'm in the process of struggling to upgrade right now.We have had deduplication and replication issues. When we used another backup software we noticed that it didn't have the same issues.We are not able to deal directly with the OEM we have to go to their partners in Nigeria.

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This product comes up against other products available that are marketed better but the other products that it's in competition with are a single product and this is one of IBM products. If it could be marketed as more for competitors I think that's where it comes short.Their support is lacking. I've talked to their developers and stuff in the last couple of weeks and they reassure me that some people have retired, and they're working on getting that bumped back up. But the support lacks a lot to be desired at this point.Although I am not a technical user, I would say the cloud integration features could be improved.Better integration with other tools and databases is needed.Replication services would be nice. If these could be enhanced to be always on so multiple storage backup services could be added as a cluster pool. This would provide a better availability service.The deduplication must be perfect, and thus should be improved.We cannot take VMware backups for our banking data center environment.In the next version of the solution, I would like to see cloud support.

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This is one of the more expensive backup solutions on the market.There are many options in the pricing structure which can cause some confusion and necessitate the purchase of additional licensing.In Naira it was twenty-five or twenty-seven million (approximately $75,000 USD) for the implementation and maintenance cost for three years.Pricing is related to size. A lower range solution might be about $33,000. My customers use higher range versions with a price of around $100,000. That's the price for both the hardware and software.

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IBM provides an open license policy, which is more like a gentlemen's agreement.One can go with either a PVU licensing model or a capacity based licensing model. Either solution does not block the usage, if over used.The licensing fees are on a yearly basis, which for us it is about R400,000 (approximately $27,000 USD).The pricing is a little expensive for our current employer, so they want to move to a cheaper solution.The pricing of the solution is high in comparison to other products on the market. For example, IBM and Symantec have less costly options.

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author avatarSergey Gavrilov
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The biggest difference is that Data Domain is an appliance storage system (SW + HW storage) but Spectrum is a software (licenses) solution only.

author avatarZdzislaw Jideck Chobot 霍博特 - चोबोट
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In my opinion DD have better compression/dedup and also good aggregated replication speed, however it lack all functionality which is provided SP! Also as a hardware based solution we struggle with scaling up DD ! Comparison is not entirely possible since these are completely different purpose and usage ! In the environment we use DD as a disc storage for staging SP made backups!

author avatarPiotr Piotrowski
User

DD is deduplication target while IBM Spectrum protect is brand new name for and old and creepy TSM
The biggest difference is that you will not create complementary backup solution with DD only, you need some kind of backup software to do it for you.
TSM (or IBM Spectrum protect) can write backups to DD.

author avatarMarcos Corbani
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I would say to you that the two solutions are complementary, work harmoniously without any problem.

author avatarNeilMistry
User

Thanks for reaching out.

EMC Data Domain has an ecosystem for data management supporting several protocols and day structures. Best deduplication rate I have ever seen, full integration with RMAN for Oracle and VTL architecture and integration. The holistic view of data management and easy to deploy plus apply SLA and retention policies.

Also, it’s fast very fast! The platform is expensive and maintenance is not cheap so a client needs to prepare for this both capitally and operationally. The Platform can support other software not just their own Networker software, so very flexible.

IBM has lost market share in this space and as per clients feedback and Gartner, IBM is NOT a leader or visionary in this space.m

author avatarCoenie Rossouw
Real User

I would look at the way they dedup. DataDomain uses variable-length deduplication so they are very effective. I do not know anything about the IBM product, but we have dealt with IBM and in my opinion, the difference that is going to make the biggest impact is the way they sell TCO. EMC almost negatively impacts themselves by giving a more realistic and often more expensive quote, where IBM gives a seemingly cheaper solution, but later on, it works out more.

author avatarNeilMistry
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EMC Data Domain has an ecosystem for data management supporting several protocols and day structures. Best deduplication rate I have ever seen, full integration with RMAN for Oracle and VTL architecture and integration. The holistic view of data management and easy to deploy plus apply SLA and retention policies.

Also, it’s fast very fast! The platform is expensive and maintenance is not cheap so a client needs to prepare for this both capitally and operationally. The Platform can support other software not just their own Networker software, so very flexible.

IBM has lost market share in this space and as per clients feedback and Gartner, IBM is NOT a leader or visionary in this space in my opinion. EMC DD has also evolved to challenge the HCI players with their own IDPA (Integrated Data Protection Appliance).

All clients should look for:

- simplicity
- public cloud integration
- S3 and other relevant protocol integrations
- Native ransomware protection
- Ease of operations
- Cost reduction
- Hyper Visor agnostic approach plus containerization integration

author avatarPawel Augustyn
Real User

I don't have experience with IBM Spectrum Protect, but I do have experience with Data Domain.

I would recommend it. It's very stable, has high performance, and the highest deduplication engine.

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EMC Data Domain deduplication storage systems continue to revolutionize disk backup, archiving, and disaster recovery with high-speed, inline deduplication. EMC Data Domain Operating System is intelligence behind EMC Data Domain deduplication storage systems. DD OS powers the industry's most efficient, scalable, reliable, cloud-ready protection storage platform.IBM Spectrum Protect (Tivoli Storage Manager) is a data protection platform that gives enterprises a single point of control and administration for backup and recovery. It is the flagship product in the IBM Spectrum Protect (Tivoli Storage Manager) family. It enables reliable, cost effective backups and fast recovery for virtual, physical and cloud environments of all sizes.
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Dell EMC PowerProtect DD (Data Domain) is ranked 1st in Deduplication Software with 13 reviews while IBM Spectrum Protect is ranked 12th in Backup and Recovery Software with 15 reviews. Dell EMC PowerProtect DD (Data Domain) is rated 8.4, while IBM Spectrum Protect is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of Dell EMC PowerProtect DD (Data Domain) writes "Reliable solution that reduces the time and effort required to manage the system". On the other hand, the top reviewer of IBM Spectrum Protect writes "Instead of taking three different backups of your systems, you're taking only one but their support is lacking". Dell EMC PowerProtect DD (Data Domain) is most compared with HPE StoreOnce, Dell EMC Avamar, Rubrik, Veeam Backup & Replication and Veritas NetBackup Appliance, whereas IBM Spectrum Protect is most compared with IBM Spectrum Protect Plus, Veeam Backup & Replication, Commvault, Veritas NetBackup and Rubrik.

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