IBM Spectrum Protect Room for Improvement

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. 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 Zerto, every time there's a change in a block, it's immediately written across. They're not doing replication instantaneous, they're doing it once a day. There is a lot to be desired there. View full review »
Albertus Maritz
Consultant at a financial services firm with 501-1,000 employees
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, in part, but it still has a way to go in terms of ease-of-use. The commands are awesome but you can't really remember all of them. If the whole thing goes graphical then you don't have to remember obscure commands to run stuff, or set stuff up. The configuration section needs some work done, especially with the day-to-day usage of setting up schedules and policy domains, etc. The licensing needs to be simplified, changing it from "per core" to "per socket". This would make it much better. View full review »
Database Specialist at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
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 sub-regions so that we can pick up some courses on it. We need to improve our knowledge base on their products. IBM Spectrum Protect needs improvement, but I'm sure they looked at some of these issues in the latest version. There are continuous improvements in the application. View full review »
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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. It would be great if the API could add functions to check storage pool details using the client-side API. It would be great if there would be an API to add new licenses using the client-side API so the licenses can be reviewed using QUERY LICENSE. Then, new licenses could be added using the REGISTER LICENSE command. View full review »
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. View full review »
Sr. Solution Engineer at a tech company with 10,001+ employees
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 compression feature. View full review »
Solutions Architect at Key Information Systems
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. View full review »
Noel Bezuidenhout
IBM Product & Technical Sales Specialist at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
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 terms of products. VMware is known on the market, for example. But VMware only can market that. IBM on the other hand has 20,000 products and the Spectrum Protect does not get the same presence in the market, because of the vastness of the organization. But a competitor, VMware, only has to market that product offering that they have because that's all they have. IBM has to market their solution better. View full review »
Architecte Technique at a retailer with 10,001+ employees
Better integration with other tools and databases is needed. Some examples of this are Oracle RMAN and Veeam. View full review »
Paulo Ricardo de Mello
IT Infrastructure Analyst at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
In my opinion, the Hyper-V and SQL Server backup could be improved. In the 2016 version there was a significant improvement, but I think IBM has a big challenge with these technologies. View full review »
Zdzislaw Chobot
Technical Specialist IT at HCL Technologies
* A new adjustment to Azure cloud * Possibility to split big file spaces CIFS and NFS into smaller parts (together with storage split) in order to avoid retaking backup from scratch. * Possibility to move file-spaces between nodes: These are very needed in very big environments. View full review »
Tom McDonald
Sr. Infrastructure Engineer at Unum Group
In the next version of the solution, I would like to see cloud support. Specifically, I'd like to see this product leverage the native data protection services in the major cloud providers (AWS, Azure) and not require an agent to be installed. Since access to the hypervisor is not available in an IaaS environment the native services must be leveraged. Many competing solutions already do this. View full review »
Steffan Rhoads
Sys Admin 4 at UC Davis Health System
The deduplication must be perfect, and thus should be improved. It costs us too much when we hit corruption in a backup and cannot recover. View full review »
Engineer at a pharma/biotech company with 501-1,000 employees
Sometimes we experience trouble with the backup transfer of the control files. View full review »
Research Data Architect Lead at a university with 1,001-5,000 employees
This solution does not have good support for virtualization and a hyper-converged environment. View full review »
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