IBM Spectrum Protect Competitors and Alternatives 2019

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Real User
Cloud Engineer at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
May 10 2018

What is most valuable?

Product features were previously not great, but they eventually evolved. There have been a lot of good improvement, so now the features are quite impressive.

How has it helped my organization?

The product helps us do data protection and restoration for disaster recovery (DR).

What needs improvement?

We would like to see cloud integration. The solution is evolving, so it has to be evolved to fit all new types of software requirements too.

What other advice do I have?

Most important criteria when selecting a vendor: * Cost * Scalability * Product features.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated other data protection products like Veritas. We chose IBM because we had IBM in-house. This was the main reason, and also because Spectrum Protect would integrate with the IBM products better.
Real User
Systems Engineer at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
May 10 2018

What is most valuable?

I like the new GUI. It makes things really nice. The previous GUI that they had was slow, and it did not have enough information on it. Therefore, they have truly improved in what they are offering. It is moving into the main stream, like all the other backup solutions are. I also like what I am… more»

How has it helped my organization?

It provides upper management peace of mind that we can recover, if needed. We have never had a problem (knock on wood) of recovering anything via Spectrum Protect. Whatever we backup has always been there. It is a good product.

What other advice do I have?

I would recommend Spectrum Protect, especially for use with Power servers.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We had another product brought in to take care of the other side of the Microsoft servers and VMs. They thought about dragging us into that as well and getting rid of Spectrum Protect. I said, "We don't need something that complicated. Spectrum Protect is a perfect fit for what we need." NetBackup… more»
Consultant
Technical Consultant at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
May 09 2018

What is most valuable?

Most valuable features are: * Good tape integration * The node replication to a secondary site. * The ability to use S3 Data Store as a repository.

How has it helped my organization?

With Spectrum Protect, you can use any type of disk to back-end the repositories. It gave us the flexibility to use whatever storage we wanted at our secondary site. On our first site, we have really… more»

What needs improvement?

I would like to see integration with Copy Data Management, which is an IBM product. That would be really nice. Right now, these two products are siloed, so if these two become integrated, the product… more»

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

We chose IBM Spectrum Protect, because they actually have something called MSP pricing, which means managed services provider pricing. The pricing was attractive, and it seems to be a platform that… more»

What other advice do I have?

The way it works is customers can host their applications on our cloud, and we basically charge them to backup those products. We wanted something that could do that and we have the skill sets… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We seriously looked at Commvault. We also looked at Veeam and another third-party.
Real User
System Administrator Manager at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
May 10 2018

What is most valuable?

* It is very robust. * It has been in the market for many years. * We can use it with any storage for the back-end to save data. * It supports tape, which is something… more»

How has it helped my organization?

We use it for our backups. That is our main use for it. So far, it has been quick to restore, and we have never had any issues. Every time we go and try to get a file, we… more»

What needs improvement?

We would like to see capabilities of long-term archiving and more support for hardware platforms.

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

We will probably use it in the future since we have already invested in it, even though we are looking at other options. Financially, it makes sense to go with Spectrum… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We were not previously using a different solution. We were looking for a solution which was robust, and the company behind it was a good, big company. We had other IBM… more»

What other advice do I have?

Right now, we are going to have to look at investing in a new solution because of the change that IBM is making to a Spectrum Protect Plus. Otherwise, we probably would… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

A long time ago, we also evaluated Legato NetWorker (now EMC NetWorker).
Real User
Lead Storage Administrator at a government with 5,001-10,000 employees
May 14 2018

What is most valuable?

I have not implemented the most important feature yet: node replication. I can have a hot Spectrum Protect server under the DR site instead of having to build one up like I would have had to before.

How has it helped my organization?

It has a lot more capabilities and functions than a lot of other products. Even though it is more complex, the reason is because it gives you a lot more features. This is what I prefer, especially for… more»

What needs improvement?

I would like to see the operations center be a lot more functional. It was nowhere near as functional as the admin center, and I'm doing a lot of command line with it. I grew up doing command line, so… more»

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

The product is more complex and can be pricey, but you are paying for one copy of the data as opposed to other vendors. For example, if I have five copies of the data, I will be spending a lot more… more»

What other advice do I have?

I would recommend going with Spectrum Protect. That is what I would tell them now, and I have, I have former coworkers using other products that ask me about designing a hot site, because their… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated Commvault, NetBackup, and Axiom (until they were purchased by a competitor). We also looked at Rubrik. We prefer Spectrum Protect, and even though we have looked at its competitors, we… more»
Real User
Storage Engineer at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
May 15 2018

What is most valuable?

From a tech perspective: * Utilizing deduplication * No replication * Getting the virtual environment backed up using Spectrum Protect Plus on all of the databases.

How has it helped my organization?

We currently use Tivoli Data Protection to back up our databases. Spectrum Protect is actually the application which backs up the file system data, then anytime you want to back up the databases you… more»

What needs improvement?

I would love to see something which allows us to do an auto restart of backup jobs. Right now, we have it where we have health checks, and if anything that missed or failed, we monitor those. However… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We came from version 7.1.3. Based on some of the features which were offered in version 8, this was the focal point for us to say, "We need to upgrade if we want to take advantage of using container… more»

What other advice do I have?

Look at all the products in the industry, then base your decision on the size of your environment. A lot of times products say that have cool things, but at the end of the day, scalability and… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We looked at Veeam and Rubrik, but right now, we have the two best products. We have Commvault and Spectrum Protect. Each one of them are the best at different things and each have their weaknesses… more»
Real User
Systems Administrator at a government
May 21 2018

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features of the new version are directory container pools with inline data deduplication and compression.

How has it helped my organization?

With data deduplication and compression, we are reducing our overall storage footprint for our disk histories. Therefore, we are reducing the actual cost of the disk for our data protection and data backups.

What needs improvement?

It seems like they are a little behind on the integration to Azure Cloud as well as Amazon. Some products are there, but not everything is there, and these seems to be with all products. Even Azure themselves as we are looking to migrate… more»

What other advice do I have?

I would have to see what their actual long-term strategic direction is first. If they want to remain on-premise, I would probably recommend Spectrum Protect. If they wanted to go on cloud and a more immediate time frame, it may comedown to… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We also evaluated Commvault.
Henry
Real User
Team Lead at Tata Consultancy Services
May 13 2018

What is most valuable?

Disk-based implementation of a data protection solution for multiple sites, which is a better fit for my complex data protection needs.

How has it helped my organization?

The D2D2T archive of my PACS data improved after I put Spectrum Protect 8.1.4 into production.

What needs improvement?

They need to reduce the complexity and make the learning curve easier.

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

If you do not have deep pockets, don't come to IBM.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

I don't see moving from TSM to Spectrum Protect as a solution swap, I see it as just re-branding.

What other advice do I have?

Be careful what you wish for, and make sure the new solution will fit into your current IT environment.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

EMC Avamar and Cohesity were also in the PoC.
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