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We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
The solution's stability is high because it is derived from Spectrum Protect.
The solution is scalable and can be fitted for any customer.
We have been very satisfied with the technical support's help. Their knowledge level is great. For a noncritical question, they will get back to us within a day.
The main advantage is its fast backup and restore.
A feature that stands out is cloning databases. If you have a SQL database and it's huge, like one terabyte, the classical SQL way would be to do a backup-restore to create a clone of your database for test purposes. With SnapCenter now, we can clone a database but through the Snapshot technology, which means if you right-click and you click Clone, the one terabyte database is there instantly.
The backup process finishes very quickly.
It has very fast backup and can handle a huge amount of data. It also enables really fast recovery.
The most valuable feature is the RBAC, the Role-Based Access Control. In our managed service, we can have different layers of security.
Restoring and cloning are easy to do.
Being able to add everything in as resource groups is a valuable feature... Having all the SQL servers put into specific buckets, based on their year of release - 2008, 2012, 2014 - allows us to get almost immediate backups that are easily seen and reported on.
I would like more integration with security. We need to show the value of the product in regards to handling security. For example, how it handles current malware or viruses. IBM should be more proactive in this direction.
Some of the minor functionalities from SnapManager did not transfer over to SnapCenter. These should be added in future releases.
The Microsoft environment is its biggest disadvantage due to the central management of all the actions. Because the SnapCenter server is where we deploy everything, it also affects the Microsoft environment, which can cause many difficulties when resolving issues like Windows update problems.
I feel a little bit that during the whole process of putting this software into production we were like a beta program. It was full of bugs... For example, we had a problem with truncating our Exchange log files... It has improved over time.
The GUI is still so-so. I' don't use the GUI that often anymore because it's really slow, refreshing disks, refreshing hosts, and you have to click a lot.
Groups might be helpful for each site or data center so that we know a given data center has these resources while another data center has those resources. It's not always easy to group hosts by type.
Reporting of the jobs could be better.
I'm waiting for SnapCenter for hybrid solutions. Right now, we only have SnapManager for hybrid. I need agents for that. People are looking to install SnapCenter in a SQL environment, but where they're running SQL on Hyper-V and using virtual files. Currently, we don't have support for hybrid.
The documentation could be a little bit better so that we could handle more of the troubleshooting ourselves, rather than having to go through support.
Pricing and Cost Advice
If you need to extend it, it can be extended acting like a normal Spectrum Protect with a long archive.
The price offering from IBM is coming down because it is based on number of VM machines. So, IBM is coming to the market to show the added value of the product.
The licensing is well-designed because it's already included in some packages with NetApp storage. Therefore, for most customers, it's okay as the SnapCenter license is already included in some NetApp bundles.
Pricing is very good because if you already have NepApp controllers, then it's included.
It comes free with the amount of equipment we purchase from NetApp. In terms of pricing, zero is my favorite number.
The license for SnapCenter was included with the storage array.
We have a site license, so it comes with the product.
We see a financial value with SnapCenter because we don't have to license Commvault, which is pretty expensive.
It's free. The license is included with other NetApp products.
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Also Known As
IBM Spectrum Protect Plus is a data protection and availability solution for virtual environments that can be deployed in minutes and protect your environment within an hour. It simplifies data protection, whether data is hosted in physical, virtual, software-defined or cloud environments. It can be implemented as a stand-alone solution or integrate with your IBM Spectrum Protect environment to off-load copies for long term storage and data governance with scale and efficiency.
Unified, scalable platform for application-consistent data protection and clone management. This software simplifies backup, restore, and clone lifecycle management with application-integrated workflows.
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