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SeniorMa9979
Real User
Senior Manager at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
May 01 2018

What is most valuable?

Reliability: Our tape library has aged. It is an old 3584. We have had it for many years, probably 10-plus years. It is problematic at times. We... more»

How has it helped my organization?

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... more»

What needs improvement?

Right now, I can't say exactly what the feature would be, but it would be cloud-based. Our new leadership has pushed us to go more toward the... more»

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

When we did this, migrated to this new disk-based footprint, we did a reclassification. We worked our licensing into a capacity model, which is... more»

What other advice do I have??

Overall, we are satisfied with it. Our primary table library was running 72 tape drives and that solution was busy 24/7. Now, in the past six... more»
Chevelisia Farmer
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... more»

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... 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... more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate??

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... 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... more»
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Harold Morales
Reseller
IT Tech Lead at a tech services company with 1-10 employees
May 15 2018

What is most valuable?

One of the features which is most interesting in Spectrum Protect is the ability to scale out to great environments. This is something that not many vendors have on the market. It... more»

How has it helped my organization?

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... more»

What needs improvement?

I would like to see monitoring within the platform: monitoring for storage pools and monitoring for the server's health (e.g., CPU and memory). This has been somewhat lost from... more»

What other advice do I have??

The powerful reason IBM technology is good for to our customers is they already have IBM technology present. For example, they have IBM Power in their infrastructure for core... more»
ITConsula513
Consultant
IT Consultant at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
May 14 2018

What is most valuable?

The ability to migrate between media over a long period of time. My customers are long-time users, and they have benefited from being able to move between tiers, e.g., L Tier 5... more»

How has it helped my organization?

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... more»

What needs improvement?

More support for non-mainstream databases, in particular PostgreSQL, SQL, and MySQL. I would also like support for snapshots of non-IBM hardware. I have read some future... more»

What other advice do I have??

As a business partner, the customer is choosing the product, and we are recommending Spectrum Protect. Certainly our bigger customers have a lot of legacy data, so they already had... more»
Bill Raines
Real User
Technical Specialist at Cherbonnier Mayer & Assoc
May 16 2018

What is most valuable?

Its capability of just being able to handle legacy servers, and new and old platforms. That is one of the things about IBM, they made sure the product will continue to keep... more»

What needs improvement?

The Spectrum Protect people know that they have to have the Spectrum Protect Plus product pick up and move faster, meaning getting to those features that Spectrum Protect can't do.... more»

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

You need to put it in a PoC and test it out if you can. A lot of companies have time and resources to do this for every product that they are looking at. They need to scrutinize... more»

What other advice do I have??

Our customers have come to trust IBM. If there is ever an issue that has to be solved, IBM will throw the bench at it and make it work. If you know how to design it right the first... more»
Ravi Prakash Srivastava
Real User
Regional Platform Services Manager at GBM
May 16 2018

What is most valuable?

The backup on real-time, especially for the virtual machine, archiving, and retrieving the reader from the backup repository and getting it... more»

How has it helped my organization?

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... more»

What needs improvement?

* I would like the users to have a better experience with the product. * Easier recovery * It needs better connectivity with other non-IBM... more»

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

I would recommend IBM, but I am a business partner.

What other advice do I have??

Customers main criteria when selecting a vendor: presence in the market, and onsite and offsite support.
Jeremy Brovage
Real User
TSM SME and Storage software Solutions Architect at Software Information Systems, LLC
May 17 2018

What is most valuable?

The biggest thing is its enterprise-wide type of architecture. It supports a lot of different platforms. This is useful for us.

How has it helped my organization?

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... more»

What needs improvement?

There is not much that they do not have already. Integration with some applications in the healthcare field could be added, as that is a big part of our business. I just recently... more»

What other advice do I have??

Customers' most important criteria when selecting a solution: * Robustness * Durability * Flexibility with storage and the Client.
Technica3fb4
Real User
Technical Architect at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
May 09 2018

What is most valuable?

Integration with Spectrum Scale is a large part of it. We sometimes use different pools of storage (policy engine in it) in terms of retention.

How has it helped my organization?

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... more»

What needs improvement?

There is always a balance between the power of the product and the usability of it. There is learning curve to learn how to use it, but it is a very powerful product.

What other advice do I have??

Most important criteria when selecting a vendor: It is often around meeting certain requirements. Our business is usually won on other parts of the project than Protect. While... more»
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What is IBM Spectrum Protect?

IBM Spectrum Protect (Tivoli Storage Manager) is a data protection platform that gives enterprises a single point of control and administration for backup and recovery. It is the flagship product in the IBM Spectrum Protect (Tivoli Storage Manager) family. It enables reliable, cost effective backups and fast recovery for virtual, physical and cloud environments of all sizes.
Also known as
IBM TSM, IBM Tivoli Storage Manager
IBM Spectrum Protect customers
CERN, Einstein Healthcare, Nyherji, Allianz Australia, TZM, ABT Online, NCT, Kindred Healthcare Inc., Cobalt Iron, TransGrid, Baptist Health of Northeast Florida, Cash America, Piedmont Healthcare, RWGV, Arkansas Tech University, British Columbia Institute of Technology
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