IBM Spectrum Protect Primary Use Case

reviewer1347648
Network Systems Analyst III at a retailer with 10,001+ employees
We have two data centers, we have two Spectrum Protect servers, and we do cross replicating between them. The main use case is AIX. Because AIX is an IBM product, they have their backup software for it, for SysBack and things of that nature that most other companies don't get into because there are not a lot of companies that use AIX. Bigger federal government companies use AIX but AIX is a big one that always hampers us. That's why the business, over the last several years, we've been trying to encourage them to go into the VMware arena. We're using a lot of different products in VMware that are able to recover things very quickly, versus Spectrum Protect and AIX, you have to drop down the OS, then you have to restore the database, and then you have to roll the logs forward. All of that takes time, whereas in VMware you can take snapshots, or you can use products like Zerto. We have Zerto in-house where we're doing asynchronous replication from our primary site to our DR site. Our VMware systems that are being protected by Zerto are seconds behind the production world. We're running anywhere from four seconds to 11 seconds behind, whereas in AIX, you have from that last backup. You may be eight hours behind. It's challenges like that, that we run into, that I'm always on the lookout for. I've been using Spectrum Protect since it was TSM for 17 years, but I'm not tied to it. There are other products out there that make your life a lot easier. As far as the data protection admin or business continuity, whatever you want to call the title they have out there, but those are challenges that we run into. And so that's where we're going, but it's just going to take some time to get there. View full review »
reviewer1120971
Senior Storage Architect at a computer software company with 201-500 employees
Our clients use it for consolidated backup and mostly for guests on the VM. View full review »
Albertus Maritz
Consultant at a financial services firm with 501-1,000 employees
Our primary use case is for little backups, such as our exchange databases. View full review »
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Spectrum677
Database Specialist at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
We use IBM Spectrum Protect for data backup purposes, i.e. for people, administration, and file-level backups. View full review »
Tomas-Dalebjörk
IT Architect at CGI
Protecting infrastructures and applications. We have infrastructures and applications that must be online. Some has archiving requirements that need to store data using longer retention due to legal or other requirements. With Spectrum Protect, you can adjust this to your needs. We use this to fine tune our business requirements for the data, where we can save shorter data retention data on a storage pool with faster performance and save archiving on a storage pool with tapes to keep cost lower. View full review »
reviewer1366821
Director of Storage Services at a legal firm with 5,001-10,000 employees
The solution is primarily used for backing up all of our servers and data. We also use it for a lot of driving data. View full review »
Afzal Loonat
IT Infrastructure and Architecture Manager at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
We use IBM Spectrum Protect with another product from IBM called IBM ESS. IBM ESS allows us to open up multiple screens of the backup box or the soapbox when doing backups or restores. View full review »
Noel Bezuidenhout
IBM Product & Technical Sales Specialist at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Our primary use cases are for data protection and data backup. View full review »
reviewer918192
Architecte Technique at a retailer with 10,001+ employees
We are a technology provider and IBM Spectrum Protect is one of the solutions that we are certified in. Our customers are using it for databases and applications. View full review »
reviewer1299798
Network Administrator at a government with 51-200 employees
We use this product to back up our VMs and files locally and then to the cloud. View full review »
Beat Halter
Head of Cloud & Systems at Abraxas Informatik AG
Our current primary use case for this solution is for file backup. I'm head of cloud systems and we are customers of IBM. View full review »
Zdzislaw Chobot
Technical Specialist IT at HCL Technologies
* Enterprise solution * Scripting-automation possibilities * Easy commands * Very good monitoring tool * Operations center * Good compression * Deduplication View full review »
Tom McDonald
Sr. Infrastructure Engineer at Unum Group
Our primary uses for this solution are Disaster Recovery and operational data protection. View full review »
Steffan Rhoads
Sys Admin 4 at UC Davis Health System
Our primary use for this solution is Backup & Recovery. We have worked with old fashioned tape media hierarchies, completely disk-based backup using Data Domain, and now a mixed tape and directory container pool environment. View full review »
reviewer952554
Engineer at a pharma/biotech company with 501-1,000 employees
I primarily use the backup and recovery features. View full review »
Reviewer2337
Research Data Architect Lead at a university with 1,001-5,000 employees
My primary use case for this solution is for large data backup. View full review »
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