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Mohamed Youssef
Consultant
Sr. Pre-Sales Engineer at Advanced Technology Company
Sep 29 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the backup, which we use for backing up Oracle SQL databases.

What needs improvement?

Hyper-convergence can be improved. IBM Spectrum is not supported or compatible with Nutanix with hyper-convergence. SMB storage and HPC is not compatible and it should be supported by IBM Spectrum Computing. The GUI could be more… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

This solution is expensive.

What other advice do I have?

We are partners with IBM, and we renew our partnership yearly. I tell everyone that they should go with IBM Spectrum Computing. The cost is high but I like this solution. I would rate this solution a ten out of ten.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I would prefer to go to EMC Data Domain, also VM supported by VMware is good.
Real User
IT Manager at a financial services firm with 5,001-10,000 employees
Sep 26 2019

What needs improvement?

We'd like to see more powerful reporting features in future releases. The solution could benefit from more optimal use of virtual tape libraries. The day-to-day administration is quite difficult. It should be improved upon. From our point of view, it would be very helpful to change the protocol for backup when using virtual tape libraries. The data boost protocol we use is EMC. It would be helpful to have the same database protocol on this solution as well.

What other advice do I have?

We use the on-premises deployment model. My main advice to others considering implementing the solution is to use this product directly with IBM equipment like virtual tape libraries and IBM tapes. When we use this product together with hardware from other vendors, there are many, many issues. I would rate the solution five out of ten.
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Systadmini67
Real User
System Administrator at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Sep 12 2019

What is most valuable?

This solution is working for both VTL and tape.

What needs improvement?

This solution is no longer managing tapes correctly. I had to script another one to make the software use fewer tapes. Normally, you would have backup software tuned for speed or capacity and here, it was tuned for speed, which could be the reason for so many bad tapes.

What other advice do I have?

For now, I am pleased with this solution. I have been using this solution for twelve years and I know how it works. At this time I don't have any suggestions for additional features to be added, except for the bad managing of tapes. I would rate this solution a six out of ten.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We are operating an IBM shop, everything is IBM. Our customers are here for IBM.

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What is IBM Spectrum Computing?

IBM Spectrum Computing uses intelligent workload and policy-driven resource management to optimize resources across the data center, on premises and in the cloud. Now up to 150X faster and scalable to over 160,000 cores, IBM provides you with the latest advances in software-defined infrastructure to help you unleash the power of your distributed mission-critical high performance computing (HPC), analytics and big data applications as well as a new generation open source frameworks such as Hadoop and Spark.

Also known as
IBM Platform Computing
IBM Spectrum Computing customers

London South Bank University, Transvalor, Infiniti Red Bull Racing, Genomic

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