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Find out what your peers are saying about IBM Spectrum Protect vs. IBM Spectrum Protect Plus and other solutions. Updated: September 2019.
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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.
The best part of this solution is that it just works.
The product is very stable.
It is a very mature product.
We optimize our costs of media and storage use, thanks to the Incremental Forever backup. The TDP software provides us many ways to protect our data, so we don't need to use monstrous scripts for doing backups now.
I love the TDP for VMware because of the web interface and the possibilities provided by this tool. It's amazing.
A full-featured data protection solution that is reliable and stable.
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.
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.
With this product, we now have a reliable backup solution.
This solution is very stable and has good support available online.
The most valuable features are the API features because it allows you to integrate with your Microsoft SQL, your Oracle, and your IBM Db2.
The solution offers a very straightforward deployment. You click, click, click and it's done. There's not much configuration to do.
The most valuable feature of this solution is the integration with Oracle.
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.
The user interface needs to be improved.
Sometimes we experience trouble with the backup transfer of the control files.
This solution does not have good support for virtualization and a hyper-converged environment.
The Hyper-V and SQL Server backup could be improved. In the 2016 version there was a significant improvement, but I think IBM has a big challenge with these technologies.
A lot of my customers always ask for legal holds, especially on email.
The Gui interface and usability are not so friendly and easy.
The user experience is very bad and the interface needs to be improved.
Instead of using the command prompt for troubleshooting and administering the backup, there should be an easy-to-use graphical user interface.
The administration needs to be improved and made simpler to use.
I would like integration into where the VMware guys can do their own restores.
Their first level of support can be improved. Often they are too junior to understand the issues we are having, and it takes too much time to get from them to the next level of support, which is what we actually need.
The backup support for IBM Power Virtualization needs to be added.
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.
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 pricing of the solution is high in comparison to other products on the market. For example, IBM and Symantec have less costly options.
The product is low cost. It is very cool when we design it to using licensing based on post capacity.
There may be an advantage to going with IBM in terms of pricing. They have a pay-as-you-grow policy, so there is no need to take one license for the entire datacenter. You can start with small licenses and then grow, and pay, as you use more.
The different license models can give good benefits to the end customer.
Regarding retro-compatibility of the product between versions, your data is always available and the ROI is unquestionable.
The licensing is varied. If we have small environments (not many TB being managed) it is best to license by PVUs (depending on the number of cores of the machine). If we manage many TBs we look at licensing by capacity which allows us to use all the agents of the product.
Depends on the licensing options that you choose.
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.
In addition to the standard licensing fees, we paid for implementation and training.
The licensing model of Spectrum Protect Plus is more efficient and cheaper compared to the original.
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.
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Also Known As
|IBM TSM, IBM Tivoli Storage Manager|
|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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