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Find out what your peers are saying about IBM Spectrum Protect vs. Unitrends and other solutions. Updated: May 2021.
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"It is much more scalable and flexible than everything else in the market.""It's the leader in backup and archiving.""It's very stable.""It's a complete software that can protect all the main applications. Perhaps that's the feature I like most. The integration with the NetApp and other apps is also very nice.""We are using a KVM system in our cloud, and this solution works very well with it.""The solution provides us with a single platform to move, manage, and recover our data across on-premise locations. Some of the guys have been using it to move a virtual machine from VMware to the Microsoft solution, Hyper-V. They back it up and then they restore to the different virtual machine provider, and that works great.""The multi-tenancy is the most valuable feature for us because it's the only software that is fully multi-tenant and that has all the features we need to provide to all our tenants. It provides us with advanced features for MySQL and Oracle, among other platforms""The most valuable feature is sharing data sets like they're in a private cloud. We call it our "private cloud" because we can share anything that is inside our backup set with our colleagues or with other people, and yet, everything is still in Belgrade, in Serbia. It's not somewhere else on cloud servers. Everything is in our environment."

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"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.""The most valuable feature is the backup speed.""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 same or new server near instantly."

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"The predictive analytics are great and the reporting is awesome.""They have great support.""I really like the reporting options you get for various email reports.""I like the fact that you can recover the VMs inside the appliance. For example, they're basically running this appliance on a Linux-based distribution, and they're spinning off KVM virtual machines inside.""It's not easy to scale it.""When I have had to use tech support, they've been very good."

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Cons
"Support for this product needs to be improved because I have seen a couple of cases where it is taking more than the required time to solve issues.""Its competitor, Veeam, includes backup and replication in the same product. I don't know if Commvault has it or not, but they should if they don't.""The back of virtual machines needs improvement. I know they're working on it. They're always doing new things but I think they still have a little bit more to do.""I think the one thing that could be improved is the customer experience. The interface should be more user friendly.""This solution can be complex and difficult to administer because it supports all of the many platforms, so it would help if they could simplify it.""Just to keep it running is time-consuming. There are five people on my team. Commvault was supposed to be one of the less time-consuming solutions, but in reality it takes 60 percent of our time just to keep it running, and that's not even fine-tuning it; that's just to keep it running.""There is room for improvement in its user interface and web console, called Command Center. They are improving it every year so if they continue in that direction, I think it will be a very reliable console.""They can always improve the interface design to make it easier. Sometimes, you need to click two or three times to do something. They should look at what tabs are used most and make them more accessible, to cut the time it takes to get to that information."

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"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.""The interface could be more user-friendly.""Replication services would be nice. If these could be enhanced to be always on so multiple storage backup services could be added as a cluster pool. This would provide a better availability service."

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"If the interface could be less complex, it is would be great.""I would like to see the real-time replication process improved, and a zero RPO feature added.""I would like to see more storage options for the free version.""There's a lot that can be made better. For example, it could be more scalable.""It seems like Unitrends moved away from enterprise customer engagement and moved more towards the managed service provider market.""Probably the biggest issue I've had is actually paying for the unit, and part of that problem is that they use a third party for the billing."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"In my experience, compared to solutions like Veritas and Veeam, while they do have their technical pluses and minuses, Commvault can save you on average forty percent initially, and then twenty to twenty-five percent annually.""The price could perhaps be lower as well.""Our cost is around $20,000 per month. The previous year, it was around $30,000 per month. It now costs less because Commvault changed the licensing type for providers.""Our yearly cost is around €20,000... The cost is based on the number of users and the amount of data. They sell it per terabyte.""There is a bit of cost involved with signing up the entire solution. It's not a cheap solution.""Commvault licensing is a perpetual license so only the support is being renewed yearly.""The complete license gives us options for all the features. Commvault does not license based on storage or the management components. It can integrate with any storage vendor. That means that when we are out of storage and need more, we can integrate without additional licensing. In my opinion, Commvault needs to reduce the licensing cost by 20 to 40 percent to make it cost-efficient.""We went from Veritas NetBackup to Commvault. We switched due to upfront licensing and costs. We have more visibility into what we're actually purchasing. It seemed like, overall, the cost of Commvault was cheaper."

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"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.""It is expensive.""The solution is expensive."

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"With respect to cost, my advice is to get what you need.""Their licensing depended on the number of CPUs you had."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: I have never used Commvault before but I have been using Veritas NetBackup for many years and I am very satisfied with… more »
Top Answer: Veritas Netbackup is more logical and it's easy to understand the technicality behind the product. It has its own logs… more »
Top Answer: The user interface is very easy to navigate.
Top Answer: IBM Spectrum Protect is a "Backup and Recovery" product, while Dell EMC Data Domain is the backup *storage* appliance… more »
Top Answer: It is a very stable product. The cost is similar to that of other enterprise solutions.
Top Answer: When compared to the cost of other enterprise products, it seems to be in the same range. However, compared to the cost… more »
Top Answer: When I have had to use tech support, they've been very good.
Top Answer: I think it's a decent platform to go with; I don't have any issues with it. I guess the one thing that I would say is… more »
Top Answer: Probably the biggest issue I've had is actually paying for the unit and part of that problem is that they use a third… more »
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IBM TSM, IBM Tivoli Storage Manager
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Overview

Commvault can help you transform your data into a powerful strategic asset, with data protection and information management solutions that enable you to protect, access and use all of your data anywhere and anytime.

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.
Unitrends increases uptime, productivity and confidence in a world in which IT professionals must do more with less. Unitrends leverages high-availability hardware and software engineering, cloud economics, enterprise power with consumer-grade design, and customer-obsessed support to natively provide all-in-one enterprise backup and continuity. The result is a “one throat to choke” set of offerings that allow our customers to focus on their business rather than backup.
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Sample Customers
Aberdeenshire Council, Acxiom, BAM Group Ireland, Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta, CI Investments, Clifford Chance, Alliant Credit Union, American Municipal Power, American Pacific Mortgage, AstraZeneca, Dongbu Steel, Denver Health, Dow Jones, Emirates Steel, Penn State Health, Prime Healthcare, Sonic Healthcare, Sony Network Communications, TiVO, UCONN Health, The Weitz Company
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 Technology
NHL Players Association, Salvation Army, Sligro Food Group, Mason General Hospital, Tec Group, Saldab IT, Baker Tilly, Clinton Savings Bank, Ennit Magna Bank, Manukau Institute of Technology
Top Industries
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Government16%
Comms Service Provider11%
Manufacturing Company8%
Computer Software Company8%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company32%
Comms Service Provider19%
Government7%
Financial Services Firm4%
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Healthcare Company17%
Financial Services Firm16%
University10%
Insurance Company8%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company35%
Comms Service Provider19%
Financial Services Firm6%
Government6%
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Non Tech Company14%
Wireless Company14%
Wellness & Fitness Company10%
Marketing Services Firm10%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company23%
Comms Service Provider18%
Government8%
Construction Company6%
Company Size
REVIEWERS
Small Business30%
Midsize Enterprise21%
Large Enterprise48%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business9%
Midsize Enterprise10%
Large Enterprise80%
REVIEWERS
Small Business32%
Midsize Enterprise13%
Large Enterprise55%
REVIEWERS
Small Business31%
Midsize Enterprise42%
Large Enterprise27%
Find out what your peers are saying about IBM Spectrum Protect vs. Unitrends and other solutions. Updated: May 2021.
511,307 professionals have used our research since 2012.

IBM Spectrum Protect is ranked 13th in Backup and Recovery Software with 28 reviews while Unitrends is ranked 37th in Backup and Recovery Software with 6 reviews. IBM Spectrum Protect is rated 7.8, while Unitrends is rated 7.6. 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 Unitrends writes "Was the right choice at the time, but we moved on to a more cloud ready solution". IBM Spectrum Protect is most compared with IBM Spectrum Protect Plus, Veeam Backup & Replication, Azure Backup, Veritas NetBackup and Dell EMC PowerProtect DD (Data Domain), whereas Unitrends is most compared with Veeam Backup & Replication, Acronis Backup, Rubrik, Cohesity DataProtect and Veritas Backup Exec. See our IBM Spectrum Protect vs. Unitrends report.

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