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Muhammad Akmal
Real User
Snr. IT infra admin at a financial services firm with 501-1,000 employees
Aug 06 2019

What is most valuable?

Some of the features we find very valuable and use a lot are retention sets. There is a lot of content validation of the data that we use, and that is very helpful. Apart from this data retention technology, Spectrum Protect duplicates… more»

How has it helped my organization?

The first advantage of using this solution is that it saves us money. Because with this product, we basically use this solution for data management or the backup management we are using. It reduces our multiple copies of data. If you do a… more»

What needs improvement?

An area that needs improvement is data validation. We currently use another product that gives us immediate validation, information about when the last backup was, and no risk of corruption happening. TSM in IBM Spectrum is not mature so… more»

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

I worked with a net backup solution (EMC) at the previous organization where I worked. They offered specific benefits in terms of a user interface that was easy to use. They also have a very good graphical interface and users could easily… more»

What other advice do I have?

I would recommend this solution for others who are looking at buying a data recovery and backup solution. But this product is not just for backup and recovery. This is far bigger than that. Backup and recovery is only one component of this… more»
MostafaShoaei
Real User
Data Center Platform Designer at a comms service provider with 1,001-5,000 employees
Aug 20 2019

What is most valuable?

This is a multi-platform backup solution where you can take a backup from AIX, Windows, or Linux servers and restore from CD, disk, or tape. It will restore exactly, from whatever you have. It's… more»

How has it helped my organization?

This solution allows you to create a backup using any storage, and then take another one for disaster recovery. This is something that is very important for us.

What needs improvement?

The user experience is very bad and the interface needs to be improved. It is not user-friendly. This is not my complaint, alone, but everybody I know who has worked with this solution. In order to… more»

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

This solution is expensive, but compared to other backup solutions, it is fair. There are no costs in addition to the standard licensing fees. Unlike some other solutions, such as Veritas NetBackup… more»

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

I have a lot of experience with IBM Spectrum Protect, and the Plus version has extra features. It includes, for example, cloud features. After we upgraded to the plus version, I did not use many of… more»

What other advice do I have?

This is a really strong application that I find really useful and reliable for backup, but it needs to be more user-friendly. I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.
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Mohamed Amr
Reseller
Storage Sales Leader at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
May 13 2018

What needs improvement?

I would like more integration with security. We need to show the value of the product in regards to handling security. For example, how it handles current malware or viruses. IBM should be more proactive in this direction.

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

The price offering from IBM is coming down because it is based on number of VM machines. So, IBM is coming to the market to show the added value of the product. The product can be extended again on for a short-term retention on disk if you are going only on a virtual environment, only on VM base licensing. However, if you need to extend it, it can be extended acting like a normal Spectrum Protect… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Our customers do evaluate other vendors, especially Commvault. We also cannot ignore Veritas and EMC NetWorker Solutions. These solutions sometimes evaluate our base on pricing or function. It depends on the customer situation. It is different from customer to customer, as it is a bit difficult to change the backup software on the customer side. This is because it requires a lot of migration.
Princsyseng67
Real User
Principal Systems Engineer at a tech services company with 5,001-10,000 employees
Aug 20 2019

What is most valuable?

The feature I find most valuable is the offload to Spectrum Protect for long-term retention. I think the deduplication and replication are quite nice on Plus.

What needs improvement?

The only thing that I would like to see improved is the actual schedule that you get on the policies. It does not allow for being flexible, like for weekly, just day one to five, and leave day six and seven. Especially if we're running… more»

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

Because we've got Spectrum Protect, we're going to use some of that licensing and convert it to Plus. One additional cost is obviously going to be the infrastructure that we need to buy for the solution.

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

We plan to upgrade to Spectrum Protect and for us it's moving forward. Firstly, backing up something on an archival level that is running on the same archival level is better. Secondly, the cost of Spectrum Protect Plus versus Spectrum… more»

What other advice do I have?

The sooner you can do it and get going, the better. I rate this solution an eight out of ten.
Real User
Digital Transformation Manager
Aug 20 2019

How has it helped my organization?

With this product, we now have a reliable backup solution.

What needs improvement?

The administration is not user-friendly and needs to be improved. It is more suited to a technical person. Instead of using the command prompt for troubleshooting and administering the backup, there… more»

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

The licensing fees are on a yearly basis. In addition to the standard licensing fees, we paid for implementation and training.

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

Prior to this solution, we were performing manual backups.

What other advice do I have?

My advice for anybody who is considering this solution is to be open-minded when checking the infrastructure and technology, and then see whether this solution will be the best one for them. The… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We did evaluate other products before choosing this solution. We had a look at Veritas and another solution that works with VMware. We chose this solution because the price is lower than that of the… more»
Kudzanayi Manjera
Reseller
Services Engineer at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Aug 29 2019

What is most valuable?

Certainly, the data protection is the most valuable feature for using the product but the secondary functions of replication, backup and recovery, are invaluable in helping to protect the validity of… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Virtualization has helped us increase efficiency by working against data analysis almost immediately and without interrupting performance. We have experienced about an 80% savings in effort on our… more»

What needs improvement?

One of the places where the product can improve is in the interface. It is a little cumbersome to interact with and not very user-friendly. If the interface could be more simple it would make using… more»

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

We only use IBM Spectrum Protect Plus with yearly licensing fees. It depends on which solutions or plan that you choose for exactly how much it will cost.

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

We actually concurrently serve customers using more than one option and the other option we work with is Veeam. Which we deploy depends on the customer need and their preferences.

What other advice do I have?

As far as advice for people who are thinking about using the product, the product is excellent and it works. I can recommend using it and that you can be satisfied. On a scale of one to ten where one… more»
Sean Ramnarayan
Real User
Principal Systems Engineer at a tech services company with 5,001-10,000 employees
Aug 15 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features are the API features because it allows you to integrate with your Microsoft SQL, your Oracle, and your IBM Db2.

How has it helped my organization?

Currently, we are doing all of the PDP for VMware environments, and it seems to have been assisting us in a great way and making our backup more efficient.

What needs improvement?

The new functionality with the retention policy, where you can push it down from H2 Plus down to the Normal Spectrum Protect needs improvement. There is an individual file-level restore. I would like… more»

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

The licensing model of Spectrum Protect Plus is more efficient and cheaper compared to the original. It is much more efficient because of the cost. There are no additional set up costs that I am aware… more»

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

We used the original Spectrum Protect with TDP for VMware. We changed to the Spectrum Protect Plus because of the licensing.

What other advice do I have?

If they are using the existing System Protect they should convert to Spectrum Protect Plus. It will save them a lot of money from a cost perspective. I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.
Adminsystems67
Real User
Administrator Systems at a retailer with 51-200 employees
Aug 20 2019

What is most valuable?

This solution is very stable and has good support available online.

What needs improvement?

The virtual tape library needs to be improved. We have trouble with the administration of this solution. We need to update the volumes in the tape, but it first has to be transferred from tape to disk. The administration needs to be… more»

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

We pay a monthly licensing fee.

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

We have been using this solution since it was named the IBM Tivoli Storage Manager (IBM TSM) and did not use another solution prior.

What other advice do I have?

At this time, I do not recommend using this solution and suggest that people choose another one. It is difficult to install, configure, and administer. I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.
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What is IBM Spectrum Protect Plus?

IBM Spectrum Protect Plus is a data protection and availability solution for virtual environments that can be deployed in minutes and protect your environment within an hour. It simplifies data protection, whether data is hosted in physical, virtual, software-defined or cloud environments. It can be implemented as a stand-alone solution or integrate with your IBM Spectrum Protect environment to off-load copies for long term storage and data governance with scale and efficiency.

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