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Real User
Network Systems Analyst III at a retailer with 10,001+ employees
Jul 26 2020

What is most valuable?

In the past, we've always been uploading our stuff to tape. We now have disc-based solutions, and those disc-based solutions, one of the neat features of them is when you use what they call TSM for VE, Tivoli Storage Manager for Virtual Environment, you're able to crack those snapshots open and are able to do file-level recoveries out of them. It gives you the ability to get rid of some file-level… more »

What needs improvement?

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. Their backups are once a day, they're not doing asynchronous replication. They're doing a one time a night backup. So whereas products like… more »

What other advice do I have?

I would say partner up with a business partner, someone who does it day in and day out because installing the application or the server is not something you do every day as a customer. As a customer, you do that once in a blue moon. A business partner is constantly doing these installations over and over so they've got it down fairly well. I would say partner up with someone who can help you… more »
Albertus Maritz
Consultant
Consultant at a financial services firm with 501-1,000 employees
May 13 2019

What is most valuable?

We really like that it just works and haven't had any problem with it, whatsoever. It is very flexible in terms of schedules for different types of retentions. We have… more »

How has it helped my organization?

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… more »

What needs improvement?

The user interface needs to be improved. It is mostly a command line and you're stuck in a terminal most of the time. They have been moving over to a graphical interface… more »

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

The licensing fees are on a yearly basis, which for us it is about R400,000 (approximately $27,000 USD). The additional costs depend on your backup technology. For… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We did not use a solution prior to this one.

What other advice do I have?

The best part of this solution is that it just works. I would rate this product eight out of ten.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

This solution was in place when I arrived. However, we are currently in the process of migrating to Veeam but this is a cost consideration rather than one of functionality… more »
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Real User
Database Specialist at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Jun 19 2019

What is most valuable?

The fact that we can take the backup straight onto tape is the most valuable feature. IBM Spectrum Protect is very valuable for me because you don't necessarily need storage on-prem or on a production… more »

How has it helped my organization?

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… more »

What needs improvement?

Technically, I've not used the latest version. What can be improved is the graphical interface and user-friendliness of the products. Secondly, they can make it also more available for other… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Commvault is very user-friendly. From one point you can do all of your restores. You can even restore a backup that was taken by a CMS. We were using Commvault previously.

What other advice do I have?

I hope that all users go in for the latest version of IBM Spectrum Protect, which is cloud-based. They should equally ensure that everything comes together well. This should help in case they have all… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I was with a different organization. We were using Symantec products.
Tomas-Dalebjörk
Real User
IT Architect at CGI
May 04 2020

What is most valuable?

Progressive incremental-forever (always incremental): SPFS is a file system for Spectrum Protect. A way to mount a Spectrum Protect storage pool as a mount point on your… more »

How has it helped my organization?

With Spectrum Protect, we were able to lower the TCO thanks to it always being incremental by design (progressive incremental forever). Why back up data again if the data… more »

What needs improvement?

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… more »

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

IBM provides an open license policy, which is more like a gentlemen's agreement. One can go with either a PVU licensing model or a capacity based licensing model. Either… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We previously used Dell EMC NetWorker and switched because: * More storage was needed to manage data protection. * It was more difficult to manage traffics, as it uses… more »

What other advice do I have?

The perfect solution with a robust, scalable, open architecture. Many additional plugins are available on the Global Solution Directory.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

NetBackup.
Real User
Director of Storage Services at a legal firm with 5,001-10,000 employees
Jun 25 2020

What is most valuable?

The archiving feature is the most valuable aspect of the solution.

How has it helped my organization?

I'm new to the company, so I don't know if I can answer how the solution has improved the organization.

What needs improvement?

Although I am not a technical user, I would say the cloud integration features could be improved.

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

I don't have any information about the pricing of the solution other than to say it's a little bit higher than we would like.

What other advice do I have?

We're not partners with IBM. We're just customers. We have a good relationship with the company, however, we are not reseller partners. We're using the latest version of the solution. I'd rate the… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We are always looking at different solutions. For example, we are looking at Cloud Work, Cohesity, and Rubrik. We're very early in the process of evaluating them, so we don't have clear… more »
Consultant
Sr. Solution Engineer at a tech company with 10,001+ employees
Oct 02 2018

What is most valuable?

* Deduplication * Data compression * There are a lot more features that we can use versus the previous product.

How has it helped my organization?

* 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… more »

What needs improvement?

I want to see better compression than what it currently does. I heard that 8.1.5 has better compression. There are more features, but I want test earlier, therefore we can do more bugging for the… more »

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We needed a better enterprise backup because we were backing up OS-specific backup products with OS only. Thus, we had too many backup products for each OS separately. This was a nightmare to backup… more »

What other advice do I have?

Most important criteria when selecting a vendor: * OS compatibility * Scalability * Pricing, etc.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We also evaluated NetBackup.
Consultant
Solutions Architect at Key Information Systems
Oct 02 2018

What is most valuable?

The software-defined ability to do data reduction through deduplication and compression, as well as being able to replicate data to a cloud container.

How has it helped my organization?

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… more »

What needs improvement?

Single store: The ability to mark an archive from my backup for long-term retention. A lot of my customers always ask for legal holds, especially on email.

What other advice do I have?

I would recommend Spectrum Protect. Most important criteria for my customers when selecting a vendor: An enterprise backup solution which could cover multiple Clients, environments, and databases.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

The main competitors usually evaluated: EMC and Commvault.
Noel Bezuidenhout
Real User
IBM Product & Technical Sales Specialist at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Jul 30 2020

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features are the stability and also how it's seamlessly integrated with other IBM offerings.

What needs improvement?

Their marketing needs improvement. I don't think it's market correct. This product comes up against other products available that are marketed better but the other products that it's in competition with are a single product and this is one of IBM products. If it could be marketed as more for competitors I think that's where it comes short. There are massive choices when it comes to data backup, in… more »

What other advice do I have?

The capability of the product now has been remarketed in IBM. So IBM Spectrum Protect is part of the Spectrum Suite. If you've got time, look at that. There are about 17 software-defined products that all interlink with each other. You'll get maximum usage out of the Spectrum Suite. I would recommend it. The Spectrum that we know now was the old IBM Tivoli Storage Manager. Check up on Utility… 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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