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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 have a single robot, so it gives us the ability to get… 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 are not "cowboying" things. It is, "This is the spec, it… 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 cloud, so we are definitely going to leverage anything we… 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 nice. Now, everything is much simpler to manage from a… 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 months, since we began this journey with Blueprint, we are… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

The evolution off of tape is one that we have looked to do for a long time. We've had BTLs pitched that have never been viable solutions. We took knocks for overlooking those back then, for cost or… more»
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 all of the databases.

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 data, then anytime you want to back up the databases you… 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 anything that missed or failed, we monitor those. However… more»

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

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 upgrade if we want to take advantage of using container… 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 things, but at the end of the day, scalability and… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We looked at Veeam and Rubrik, but right now, we have the two best products. We have Commvault and Spectrum Protect. Each one of them are the best at different things and each have their weaknesses… more»
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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 from L Tier 6 and/or L Tier 7. They have been able to do this… 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 their platforms have upgraded over the time. Therefore, every… 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 statements, and it seems that this is coming, though.

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 Spectrum Protect. Therefore, it is a fairly simple decision… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I have used a couple of different backup products. As a business partner, our customers do choose other backup products. Generally, I find I have less trouble with Spectrum Protect than I have had with the other backup products. Mainly, the… more»
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 is also a product that has been maturing for a long time… 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 internal and on-premise systems. About 20 to 30% of my… 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 previous releases because we had IBM Tivoli Monitoring for… 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 business. They also have IBM applications, like IBM cloud… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Our customers always evaluate other vendors. Customers are sometimes using Veeam Backup for their virtual workloads. They may also be using some other tools from EMC. However, Spectrum Protect is the only tool that can work throughout all… 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 customers loyal.

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. I think IBM is great with software, and it will always… 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 every one of the competitors. After, you can basically… 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 time and you show proof that you have done it before with… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Spectrum Protect is often compared with Commvault and EMC for overall backup solutions, then against Veeam, and Rubrik for virtualization platforms.
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»

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

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you 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.
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 online, getting it validated, then performing the data… 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 loss. This is a very important product for them, because… 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 application hardware and non-IBM platforms. If it can get… 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.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Other market competitors include EMC NetWorker, Veritas (Plus Edition), and Veeam (for virtualization).
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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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