IBM Spectrum Protect Pros and Cons

IBM Spectrum Protect Pros

reviewer1294890
Data Protection Specialist at a computer software company with 10,001+ employees
The backup of Sybase databases is the most valuable feature in the existing environment. They have got the most documentation out there on the internet for its software protection. The documentation is excellent, and there are a lot of blogs, websites. Because it's still one of the oldest products out there for data protection, there are also lots of people who have a lot of experience in using this solution.
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reviewer1347648
Network Systems Analyst III at a retailer with 10,001+ employees
Instead of taking three different backups of your systems, you're taking only one. You're able to crack that open and get what you need. The incident recovery, where it creates the VM and then you're running it, technically you're running it on Spectrum Protect. But then in the background, it's doing the storage motion and moving it off the Spectrum Protect back to your VMware environment. The users don't know the difference.
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reviewer1120971
Senior Storage Architect at a computer software company with 201-500 employees
Their GUI has improved quite a bit. It's made the solution a lot simpler and less complex.
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Albertus Maritz
Consultant at a financial services firm with 501-1,000 employees
The best part of this solution is that it just works.
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Spectrum677
Database Specialist at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
The fact that we can take the backup straight onto tape is the most valuable feature.
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Tomas-Dalebjörk
IT Architect at CGI
SPIR is Instant Recovery for Spectrum Protect. It sends snapshots using space efficiently and blocking backups to the Spectrum Protect server. It provisions the snapshot from the backup server to the same or new server near instantly.
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reviewer1448529
Spectrum Protect Specialist at a computer software company with 201-500 employees
The solution offers very good flexibility.
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Stefan Schneider
Lead Engineer Storage at a computer software company with 201-500 employees
We've found the product to be quite stable and the performance is very good.
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Hugo Badenhorst
Backup Administrator at a insurance company with 5,001-10,000 employees
In general, the solution is quite user-friendly. The GUI is very nice.
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reviewer1366821
Director of Storage Services at a legal firm with 5,001-10,000 employees
The archiving feature is the most valuable aspect of the solution.
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IBM Spectrum Protect Cons

reviewer1294890
Data Protection Specialist at a computer software company with 10,001+ employees
It is not easy to manage like other products in the market. It is okay only if you are command-line driven. Even though the operation center is there, it doesn't provide a single view of everything. You have to, for example, use TSMManager on top of it, which gives you a far better management capability, but it is a third-party product. Its management needs to be improved. There should be an HTML or graphical interface. It is a very difficult product. For example, you have a backup policy where you want a daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly policy standard. It is an old kind of system where you have to keep retention for daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly backups, which is very difficult in IBM Spectrum Protect. In other products, in a matter of five minutes, you can configure such a policy. In TSM, it takes you one, two, or three days because you need to configure a node for each of them. If you have 250 nodes, you have to configure each node for daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly retention. If you have 1,000 nodes, it is going to take you ages just to configure and register the nodes. You need to configure the schedule and the CAD daemons or services, depending on whether it is a Unix or Windows OS. Unfortunately, it is a very long and drawn-out process. You have to stop and start the services for changes to take effect. This is a very difficult part of TSM in IBM Spectrum Protect. To configure a backup policy, I should be able to select the daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly options in one screen and finish it. After that, everything should happen in the background. All the backup products in the market already do that, and they are very simple to manage. This particular part of this solution has really been a major pain area for us, and unfortunately, we could not find a workaround. There is nobody at IBM who can give us a way to configure all this easily through a GUI or even scripts.
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reviewer1347648
Network Systems Analyst III at a retailer with 10,001+ employees
Their support is lacking. I've talked to their developers and stuff in the last couple of weeks and they reassure me that some people have retired, and they're working on getting that bumped back up. But the support lacks a lot to be desired at this point.
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reviewer1120971
Senior Storage Architect at a computer software company with 201-500 employees
They took some of the funding off of it for a while. Therefore, instead of being a market leader, they took their position for granted. Then some competitors developed new bells and whistles that they advertise, and due to that lag a few years ago, there are not the resources to explain the differences.
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Albertus Maritz
Consultant at a financial services firm with 501-1,000 employees
The user interface needs to be improved.
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Spectrum677
Database Specialist at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
We cannot take VMware backups for our banking data center environment.
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Tomas-Dalebjörk
IT Architect at CGI
Replication services would be nice. If these could be enhanced to be always on so multiple storage backup services could be added as a cluster pool. This would provide a better availability service.
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reviewer1448529
Spectrum Protect Specialist at a computer software company with 201-500 employees
The solution needs to work on disaster recovery integration. Basically, VMware applications to the cloud, for example. There needs to be integration with the storage, and integration with VMware.
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Stefan Schneider
Lead Engineer Storage at a computer software company with 201-500 employees
Generally, the implementation of virtualization could be improved. The workflow service and so on are not working properly.
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Hugo Badenhorst
Backup Administrator at a insurance company with 5,001-10,000 employees
There needs to be a bit more automation.
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reviewer1366821
Director of Storage Services at a legal firm with 5,001-10,000 employees
Although I am not a technical user, I would say the cloud integration features could be improved.
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Learn what your peers think about IBM Spectrum Protect. Get advice and tips from experienced pros sharing their opinions. Updated: February 2021.
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