Compare IBM Spectrum Protect vs. Micro Focus Data Protector

IBM Spectrum Protect is ranked 3rd in Backup and Recovery Software with 57 reviews while Micro Focus Data Protector which is ranked 24th in Backup and Recovery Software with 7 reviews. IBM Spectrum Protect is rated 8.4, while Micro Focus Data Protector is rated 7.2. The top reviewer of IBM Spectrum Protect writes "Performance and recoveries are better, and customers are happier with performance". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Micro Focus Data Protector writes "Reliable solution that enables us to do different backups for different databases ". IBM Spectrum Protect is most compared with Veeam Backup & Replication, Commvault and Veritas NetBackup, whereas Micro Focus Data Protector is most compared with Veeam Backup & Replication, Commvault and Veritas NetBackup. See our IBM Spectrum Protect vs. Micro Focus Data Protector report.
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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.

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Regarding scalability, it's unlimited with Data Protector. You can link multiple installations and let them work together. They can share backup devices. You have many possibilities with Data Protector. It's very proficient.The feature that was most valuable was that we could restore one mailbox and we could do different backups for different databases.The solution allows us to be able to backup and exchange directly, to backup Microsoft exchange.This solution is quite stable because we have only three users.Performs the backup properly and protects our data.I have used Micro Focus Data Protector for the file backup facilities. My primary use of the software is to backup file data.It's supports Unix, Linux, all of the OS's. It's very stable software.

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Cons
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.

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People prefer Veeam because the interface is easier, and Data Protector is difficult in comparison.It's very expensive compared to Veeam and other similar solutions.The solution is not intuitive enough. I think they should work on the user experience and the graphical interface. These can be a lot better.The technical support was very slow.The technical support is poor and should be improved.They should design the solution so that it is much easier for deployment and make the UI easy to use.The new backup systems are using new mechanisms for the recovery phases; for example, VM, recovery and testing the backup before recovering it. These features are not available in Data Protector.

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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.

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The licensing cost was not annual. We didn't pay any license. We paid when we deployed and we didn't pay for anything after that. There were no additional fees after the initial payment.In Data Protector, if you need extra features, you need to buy the agents for these features. Some of the features are Terabytes, some of them are agents. There's some complexity in the pricing and licensing.

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Also Known As
IBM TSM, IBM Tivoli Storage ManagerData Protector, OmniBack, HPE Data Protector
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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.

Built on a unified architecture that leverages analytics and automation, Micro Focus Data Protector delivers comprehensive data protection, real-time intelligence, and guided optimization to ensure simple, reliable, intelligent and cost-effective backup and recovery that is just as agile as your current and future IT environments. By standardizing the backup and recovery of information spread across locations, applications, formats, storage platforms, operating systems, and hypervisors, Data Protector provides assurance for mission critical information from the core to the edge, across physical, virtual, and cloud infrastructures.

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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 TechnologyGSK Vaccines, Repsol, Vodafone Group, Siemens AG, Medium Enterprise Transportation Services Company
Top Industries
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Financial Services Firm21%
Healthcare Company21%
Insurance Company10%
University10%
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Manufacturing Company24%
Financial Services Firm11%
University9%
Software R&D Company8%
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Manufacturing Company14%
Financial Services Firm12%
Healthcare Company10%
Insurance Company8%
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Healthcare Company30%
Software R&D Company20%
Comms Service Provider13%
Real Estate/Law Firm13%
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