IBM Spectrum Protect Benefits

Senior Manager at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The storage admins: If we are standardizing on a Blueprint spec, and it has been blessed by IBM, it helps the supportability of everything. We are not "cowboying" things. It is, "This is the spec, it will perform to this standard,” and we know what our expectations are going into it. We have been fortunate to roll out a few of the Blueprints, and they have been successful, so supportability is one of the benefits. View full review »
Storage Engineer at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
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 use an agent with Tivoli Data Protection (TDP) to be able to back up your Oracle databases or your SQL databases. Right now, we are getting good results when we back up Oracle with TDP, but we back it up directly to the VTO. So, the goal is to get rid of the VTO and utilize the native features within Spectrum Protect to be able to do deduplication and no replication as we would do it on the VTO, because all that functionality is on the VTO. However, Spectrum Protect does not know about the VTO. So, it would be nice to be able to move that within the functionality Spectrum Protect. However, in order to do, we have to make sure we are sizing the servers correctly. This is why we are also considering using the PowerNAS, and maybe putting Spectrum Scale ESS behind it as well. We currently are working with our sales rep and some of the IBM techs to see how this solution would play out if we wanted to bring it in-house. View full review »
IT Consultant at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Generally, the happiest users are Oracle users. What they like about the platform is that they have received organic benefits in performance from the backup system and also as their platforms have upgraded over the time. Therefore, every time customers make a change or we have made a change, then they use the product to do a cloning and refreshing. They are happy that they get good performance something changes. View full review »
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Harold Morales
Project Technical Leader at a tech services company with 1-10 employees
We see that solution is now getting a new breath. The solution is helping new customers with sending workloads to the cloud, which helps us a lot, because they are uploading their internal and on-premise systems. About 20 to 30% of my clients are now using cloud to upload their backups. This is very important to us, because Spectrum Protect now helps them to achieve this result. View full review »
Albertus Maritz
Consultant at a financial services firm with 501-1,000 employees
It helps insomuch as that it is a run solution. The issues that I've had with IBM are few and far between. Every time it restores, even though it may use tapes, there are no issues. View full review »
Database Specialist at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
We did have a challenge with one of IBM Spectrum Protect's systems. For some funny reason, it was not coming up because of the stability. We were able to restore, but it started us thinking about improved backup services. Two weeks ago, we were able to restore services as quickly as possible in a production environment. We were able to kickstart and provide services on that particular server to customers, which saved us a lot of embarrassment. Otherwise, we would have been down due to power supply issues we had in our production environment. Some of the services were misbehaving. We had to do a majority stop and IBM Spectrum Protect was a big plus for us. View full review »
Ravi Prakash Srivastava
Regional Platform Services Manager at GBM
Especially for the banking and ministry sectors, they have core businesses running and they can't have a single bit of data corruption or data loss. This is a very important product for them, because it gives ease of access and the type of data consistency where they can rely on it and its safe on-hand. When there is a need or a disaster, they can get the information back from the archive. So, it is very much required. View full review »
TSM SME and Storage software Solutions Architect at Software Information Systems, LLC
As managed solutions provider, it has been really useful because it scales bigger than a lot of other products. It allows us to consolidate costs on the back-end, making it somewhat more cost effective for us, while still being able to scale bigger for our larger customers that buy solutions from us. View full review »
Technical Architect at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
It is hard to say because we tend to go in with a specific project and deploy that project. Therefore, we do not always have visibility on what the impact is. Just that it is a positive experience and it integrates well with the solution that we have provided. However, we do not tend to get to see the before and after of the impact for our specific client. View full review »
Technical Analyst at a energy/utilities company with 10,001+ employees
One of the recovery methods used to help troubleshoot all of our operations for contractors or the lower tiers, it meets that. Therefore, we are able to run it in an enterprise quite easily with one or two resources. All of the automatic tape deck functions are done well, too. We are able to connect two separate sites relatively easily without any problems. View full review »
Systems Engineer at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
It is something like: How does insurance make people happier? An insurance policy of sorts. You have to spend money to protect your assets. That is what this is. It does that job. That is why people like it. However, much like insurance, I am sure people dislike it for a lot of the same reasons. View full review »
Senior Systems Manager with 1,001-5,000 employees
Recovering files which have been lost. You can't place a value on it. If someone loses a day's work, or they had this file that they had been keeping for years on end and now all of a sudden the data is gone, they can recover it with Spectrum Protect. View full review »
Tomas Dalebjörk
Information Technology Technician at a tech vendor with 51-200 employees
IBM is a partner-friendly company which has open API that one can use. In our case, we have built solutions which have helped many customers who use API to protect databases and applications with Spectrum Protect that IBM doesn't protect today. For example, MongoDB , MariaDB , MySQL , PostgreSQL, Firebird, Progress OpenEdge , SAP Adaptive Server Enterprise , and SAP IQ Server. See View full review »
Lead Storage Administrator at a government with 5,001-10,000 employees
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 a long retention. View full review »
Systems Administrator at a government
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. View full review »
Dirk Osten
Team Leader For Back Up at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
The main thing is to keep the data safe and in files, keep it on tape ready for a request from a bank, and it is working perfectly with all our hardware. It is keeping the banking license alive, thus it is perfect for the business. View full review »
Technical Consultant at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
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 high performing variable disks, and at our secondary site, we have a lower performing tier. On the cloud, we have an even slower tier. View full review »
Director Storage Services at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
We have a long history using Spectrum Protect. We are working close together with IBM development to make solutions happen that we need and solve issues very fast. View full review »
Andrew Mikhail
Systems And Storage Administrator at Zain Mobile
The capacity of the storage is huge. It can be affected with all of our requirements. We also have two copies for each volumes. This makes life easier and safer for us, in cases of disasters happening and for any volume or data corruption as well. It has increased our security, scalability, and high availability. View full review »
System Administrator Manager at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
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 can get it. Restores are quick and the data is always there. View full review »
Systems Administrator at Grenfell Campus
It is reliable. The backup solution is our fail safe. When we are required to recover data, it is there. View full review »
Systems Engineer at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
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. View full review »
Head Of Storage at a university with 5,001-10,000 employees
We do not lose data. That is why we are using this product and have a backup in place. View full review »
Principal Backup Engineer at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Historically, we have a very good team of administrators who know the product perfectly and are able to manage it on a day-to-day basis. View full review »
Sr. Solution Engineer at a tech company with 10,001+ employees
* It saves you a lot of storage. * Our performance is better. * Our product is running better than it was previously, which is huge. My organization loves it, because they say it is one of the best product they have ever used. View full review »
Systems Engineer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
It provides our customers with the comfort of having reliable enterprise data protection. Some of the new advanced features are definitely more into cost savings, e.g., dedupe compression, so doing more with less. View full review »
Solutions Architect at Key Information Systems
Data reduction definitely reduces costs, not only software costs, but from the infrastructure needed. Then, the ability to replicate second copy to cloud helps reduce their infrastructure and management costs (for that infrastructure) by being able to send encrypted, secure information over the internet. View full review »
Storage Administrator at Comerica Incorporated
It is just a backup. It has not changed anything. View full review »
Sophia Porter
Global Backup Engineer at a financial services firm with 5,001-10,000 employees
With the new features that we have added, it has made a difference as far as faster recovery and speed. View full review »
Javier Suarez
Solutions Architect at Etechservices
For most of our customers, it is more efficient than most traditional backup solutions. It can also scale from a very small environment to a very large, multiple-tenant environment. View full review »
Chief Technical Officer at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
* It helps our customers protect their data, especially with stuff like ransomware, compliance, and regulatory requirements. * It helps them protect their data, keep it long-term, and feel pretty secure about it, basically sleeping well at night. View full review »
Technical Analyst at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The product has been there ever since I have been there; the enterprise system along with the hierarchical system. It is pretty easy to use and maintain. I do not run it all the time, but I can get in and do what needs to be done. When I have to do disaster recoveries, I can do it with this tool. View full review »
Wira Chinwong
Service Director at a integrator with 51-200 employees
We can gain benefit from any advance features (incremental forever, deduplication, compression, etc.). View full review »
Cloud Engineer at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
The product helps us do data protection and restoration for disaster recovery (DR). View full review »
Assistant Engineer at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Most of my clients have been running Spectrum Protect for a long time, so they have been running it for years. If they have migrated off of it, they migrated off of it because of its lack of virtual environment functions. View full review »
System Engineer at a insurance company with 1,001-5,000 employees
The scheduled backups ensure we meet the requirements for our business, and we keep backups of certain environments. View full review »
Senior Systems Engineer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Most of the customers that I work with today tend to use more disk-based solutions. Therefore, we apply the new dedupe and compression technology, using maintenance and time to give more time for the backup window and less time for the overhead related to the daily housekeeping. View full review »
Pedro Emiliano
Line Of Business Manager for Storage and Backup at Compta IS
Spectrum Protect provided a steady state in my backup operations and confidence in restores procedures with 99% assurance. View full review »
Sr. Production Specialist at a tech vendor with 1-10 employees
IBM Spectrum Protect has improved my organization with its total support of IBM products. View full review »
Global Backup Engineer at a financial services firm with 5,001-10,000 employees
We have better, faster backup times, and it has improved efficiency in the backups. View full review »
SSE at Value Point Systems
It is a single point of control and administration for backup and recovery. My team and I are more comfortable with this solution. With this product, we are able to save a lot in costs and on expensive storage. It has reduced backup infrastructure costs for us. View full review »
Humberto Sosa
Technical Advisor at GBM (an IBM alliance Company)
Maintaining recovered data. View full review »
Team Lead at Tata Consultancy Services
The D2D2T archive of my PACS data improved after I put Spectrum Protect 8.1.4 into production. View full review »
Paulo Ricardo de Mello
IT Infrastructure Analyst at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
With IBM Spectrum Protect, 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. My life is easier and the environment administration is simple. View full review »
Jean-Luc Goascoz
Consultant at a legal firm
I have a lot of examples of how it has improved different clients' organizations, but the greatest value is with a dual-site infrastructure and container storage pools. View full review »
Zdzislaw Chobot
Technical Specialist IT at HCL Technologies
We've used it for a very long time and this is impossible to describe. View full review »
Evgen Ezhov
Head of Testing Dpt with 501-1,000 employees
Spectrum Protect does not just improve our work, it saves the infrastructure of more than one enterprise in the event of hacker attacks, administrative errors, and a variety of other failures. View full review »
Tom McDonald
Sr. Infrastructure Engineer at Unum Group
This solution helps us to meet all of our data protection needs. View full review »
Steffan Rhoads
Sys Admin 4 at UC Davis Health System
This solution has improved our organization through better file and database recovery. View full review »
Engineer at colourtex
It works well with AIX. View full review »
Research Data Architect Lead at a university with 1,001-5,000 employees
This is a very mature product. It has been around in the large data set. People widely use this product and it helps our organization for backing up the petabytes of data. View full review »
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