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Find out what your peers are saying about IBM Spectrum Protect vs. NetApp SnapCenter and other solutions. Updated: July 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.
It's very helpful because SnapCenter is already integrated with VMware Snapshot, so it's very easy to use.
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.
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.
I have an issue with SnapCenter because sometimes a VM cannot be backed up... The way SnapCenter works is that it makes a backup of all the VMs and then it removes all the old backups. If one VM cannot be backed up for some reason, it has already created a new backup for all the VMs but it cannot remove the old backups. It ends up creating so many backups in VMware and it will cause a performance problem if the condition is not fixed.
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.
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.
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 TSM, IBM Tivoli Storage Manager||SnapCenter|
|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.|
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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