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"The best part of this solution is that it just works.""The most valuable features are compression and de-duplication.""The fact that we can take the backup straight onto tape is the most valuable feature.""This solution has improved our organization through better file and database recovery.""The interface is easy to use.""The archiving feature is the most valuable aspect of the solution.""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 most valuable features are the stability and also how it's seamlessly integrated with other IBM offerings."

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"Some of the features we find very valuable and use a lot, are retention sets.""The most valuable feature of this solution is the integration with Oracle.""The most valuable features are the API features because it allows you to integrate with your Microsoft SQL, your Oracle, and your IBM Db2.""This solution is very stable and has good support available online.""With this product, we now have a reliable backup solution.""The feature I find most valuable is the offload to Spectrum Protect for long-term retention. I think the deduplication and replication are quite nice on Plus.""This is a multi-platform backup solution where you can take a backup from AIX, Windows, or Linux servers and restore from CD, disk, or tape.""A full-featured data protection solution that is reliable and stable."

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Cons
"The user interface needs to be improved.""In the next version of the solution, I would like to see cloud support.""We cannot take VMware backups for our banking data center environment.""The deduplication must be perfect, and thus should be improved.""Better integration with other tools and databases is needed.""Although I am not a technical user, I would say the cloud integration features could be improved.""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.""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."

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"An area that needs improvement is data validation. We currently use another product that gives us immediate validation, information about when the last backup was, and no risk of corruption happening. TSM in IBM Spectrum is not mature so that you can validate on the spot.""The backup support for IBM Power Virtualization needs to be added.""I would like integration into where the VMware guys can do their own restores.""The administration needs to be improved and made simpler to use.""Instead of using the command prompt for troubleshooting and administering the backup, there should be an easy-to-use graphical user interface.""The user experience is very bad and the interface needs to be improved.""The Gui interface and usability are not so friendly and easy.""Not particularly user friendly."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"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 licensing fees are between $8,000 and $10,000 per year.""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.""It is fairly reasonable as compared to other solutions in the market.""We have capacity licensing. We use the front end. The capacity licensing is pretty okay on the licensing price. I used to use the old PVU-based licensing in the early environment, but now we use capacity-based licensing.""It is really expensive. Its price is not good for Latin America. Its price is good for the United States or Europe."

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"The licensing model of Spectrum Protect Plus is more efficient and cheaper compared to the original.""In addition to the standard licensing fees, we paid for implementation and training.""Unlike some other solutions, such as Veritas NetBackup where you have to pay for different licenses to use different features, there is a single license that allows you to use all of the features.""Depends on the licensing options that you choose.""The price is lower than that of some competing products."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: IBM Spectrum Protect is a "Backup and Recovery" product, while Dell EMC Data Domain is the backup *storage* appliance. They have their respective market. Though I must say that DD is the leader,… more »
Top Answer: 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… more »
Top Answer: 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… more »
Top Answer: Virtual snapshots that offer incremental backups.
Top Answer: Given that it's an expensive product I would suggest that if you're rich go with IBM, and if you're poor go with someone else. Most enterprise companies like to show off with these products. I've been… more »
Top Answer: I don't think the solution is particularly user friendly, it requires expertise. Technical support could also be improved. Now that they're in the cloud I think they'll start enhancing with their… more »
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IBM TSM, IBM Tivoli Storage Manager
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Overview
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.

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.

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Sample Customers
CERN, Einstein Healthcare, Nyherji, Allianz Australia, TZM, ABT Online, NCT, Kindred Healthcare Inc., Cobalt Iron, TransGrid, Baptist Health of Northeast Florida, Cash America, Piedmont Healthcare, RWGV, Arkansas Tech University, British Columbia Institute of TechnologyPT Wings Surya, Tectrade, State of Ohio
Top Industries
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Healthcare Company18%
Financial Services Firm18%
Insurance Company7%
University7%
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Computer Software Company40%
Comms Service Provider15%
Financial Services Firm5%
Government5%
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Computer Software Company40%
Comms Service Provider16%
Government7%
Manufacturing Company7%
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Small Business31%
Midsize Enterprise14%
Large Enterprise56%
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Small Business18%
Midsize Enterprise18%
Large Enterprise64%
Find out what your peers are saying about IBM Spectrum Protect vs. IBM Spectrum Protect Plus and other solutions. Updated: January 2021.
456,495 professionals have used our research since 2012.

IBM Spectrum Protect is ranked 13th in Backup and Recovery Software with 17 reviews while IBM Spectrum Protect Plus is ranked 23rd in Backup and Recovery Software with 11 reviews. IBM Spectrum Protect is rated 7.6, while IBM Spectrum Protect Plus is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of IBM Spectrum Protect writes "Great stability, reliability, and scalability, but very difficult to manage and get support". On the other hand, the top reviewer of IBM Spectrum Protect Plus writes "Enables us to have longer retention which saves us more money". IBM Spectrum Protect is most compared with Veeam Backup & Replication, Commvault, Veritas NetBackup, Dell EMC PowerProtect DD (Data Domain) and Azure Backup, whereas IBM Spectrum Protect Plus is most compared with Veeam Backup & Replication, Azure Backup, Commvault, Dell EMC Avamar and Cohesity DataProtect. See our IBM Spectrum Protect vs. IBM Spectrum Protect Plus report.

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