IBM Spectrum Protect Room for Improvement

Senior Manager at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
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 can in that direction (public cloud). I imagine that this is a pretty common piece of feedback for this question. We're just not sure what the real world results will be when we get there. That is the big question mark. Ideally, I would want to spin up a host on-premise with Spectrum Protect on it and have no storage. I would have my database running locally on flash, and all the pools would be remote. However, I don't think this is realistic from a performance perspective, dumping all my data in the data center over a 40-millisecond hop to the next nearest region of whatever public cloud is available. There are definitely some things in that area that we can address and work toward, but I don't know if they are achievable. View full review »
Storage Engineer at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
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, we have to manually go onto the servers to execute a manual backup. It would be nice if there was something that ran behind the scenes on the Spectrum Protect server saying, "If our file spaces have not been backed up in eight hours or 12 hours (depending on the attribute status set by the customer), then an auto backup restart occurs automatically." This would be instead of having to do it manually. This would help us out, and also the operational teams as it would allow them to focus more on maintaining the Spectrum Protect server versus restarting backup jobs. View full review »
IT Consultant at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
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. View full review »
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Harold Morales
IT Tech Lead at a tech services company with 1-10 employees
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 these purposes, but now we do not have anything, and it is important to cover this. Also, I would like to advance reporting and analytics for the platform to see how much data is coming into the platform. how much data is expiring everyday, and what tape savings we are getting through reclamation. These are important things to know, as we are lacking a bit in this area. We have a very long road to walk. We can make a lot of improvements taking into account all the participants in the ecosystem: The developers with the business partners and the clients who help us to improve the product. View full review »
Bill Raines
Technical Specialist at Cherbonnier Mayer & Assoc
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 improve. It is just the speed of getting it out there. Faster development and deployment speed would help us as partners go out there with confidence and sell more product right now. Though, no one can fix every solution for backup and restore. 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 »
Ravi Prakash Srivastava
Regional Platform Services Manager at GBM
* 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 connected with other applications, the customer would be happier because they would not need to stick to a single vendor, so they could have a backup on multiple environments. View full review »
TSM SME and Storage software Solutions Architect at Software Information Systems, LLC
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 learned that Spectrum Protect Plus has integration with Epic. They are planning on implementing it. It is on their road map, and that seems to be the right direction. IBM has a good direction, making sure they address the things that they discuss with us as a service provider, and looking to provide better products to our customers. View full review »
Technical Architect at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
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. View full review »
Systems Engineer at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
This is more something that I would have to go over with the IBM guys. There is probably a small laundry list. Ease of use. This has got to be the one thing that I routinely hear from clients and customers. It is a bit more difficult than it should be. What I find is that IBM has heard this issue, and they are responding with updated interfaces. View full review »
Senior Systems Manager with 1,001-5,000 employees
Probably educating the virtual group who are not as used to the product. Most of our expertise is with AIX servers and virtual server backups. I am doing more work these days with Identity and Oracle, why would I use the pump and dump on Oracle or would it be better if I am able to send it off-site using something like Spectrum? View full review »
Tomas Dalebjörk
Information Technology Technician at a tech vendor with 51-200 employees
I would like to see a way to have "always on" implemented. In this way, if an error happened on the primary backup server, there would be a way to continue to protect the data without any disturbance. This is partly implemented today, but only in the purpose of restore. View full review »
Lead Storage Administrator at a government with 5,001-10,000 employees
I would like to see the operations center be a lot more functional. It was nowhere near as functional as the admin center, and I'm doing a lot of command line with it. I grew up doing command line, so it is fine for me. For people that are younger, they want to do everything on their smart phone, and running hundreds of commands is not the answer. Therefore, more functionality for things like creating tape drives and tape libraries, as the functionality is not at the operations center yet. If the operations center had been fully functional, I would have probably given it a rating of a 10. View full review »
Technical manager of the storage area with 501-1,000 employees
Integration with Windows environments needs improvement. It should be more "assisted", both at the application and database level. It remains a product that fits better in Unix/Linux environments than in Windows environments, given its configuration procedures. It needs BMR (bare machine recovery) solutions for both Windows and Linux systems. View full review »
Systems Administrator at a government
It seems like they are a little behind on the integration to Azure Cloud as well as Amazon. Some products are there, but not everything is there, and these seems to be with all products. Even Azure themselves as we are looking to migrate, they do not have the functionality we need. Then all of a sudden, it is there with the next order. View full review »
Dirk Osten
Team Leader For Back Up at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
Sometimes they have already erased information in our operational center and we need some of it for reporting to our subsidiaries if the backup was successful within the last months and which amount of data was backed up, archived, and stored. This is what the customer has interest in and we have to deliver. If the operational center could assist us, that would be fine. Spectrum Protect and Spectrum Protect Plus, if they move together, that would be good. I heard already that we can get rid of data removal from virtual environments in the next version. The idea that Spectrum Protect Plus was dealing with appliances on ESX or Hyper-V seems good to me. View full review »
Technical Consultant at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
I would like to see integration with Copy Data Management, which is an IBM product. That would be really nice. Right now, these two products are siloed, so if these two become integrated, the product would become a bit of a powerhouse. View full review »
Director Storage Services at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
We need everything cloud. Strong support for cloud services. S3 connectivity, which is mandatory for us in the future along with this integration of Spectrum Copy Data Management or Spectrum Protect services together with these Spectrum Protect Plus functionalities, e.g., hardware, snapshots, and Copy Data Management. They should come together in one solution. Coming from the last issue we had, the requirement was to have snapshots in place for our fast recovery of our SharePoint environment. With the original Spectrum Protect, this was not possible. After IBM provided the product, Copy Data Management and now spectrum protect provide a solution resolving this issue to have a fast recovery in place. That was the main issue with Spectrum Protect. We have been waiting for solutions for approximately one year. View full review »
Andrew Mikhail
Systems And Storage Administrator at Zain Mobile
* It needs some software upgrades to fix some of its current bugs. * In SVC, we need a masking view that combines with a storage group. This is collected all in terms of hosts, storage, and volume, both on the storage side and the host side. We need to combine them in one storage group in the SVC. View full review »
Solutions Architect with 51-200 employees
I really haven't noticed that something is missing. There is a central console for all backups and restores. Perhaps if they could add replication to a second site or third site from the same console, that would be helpful. Currently, we have to connect to another console. View full review »
System Administrator Manager at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
We would like to see capabilities of long-term archiving and more support for hardware platforms. View full review »
Systems Administrator at Grenfell Campus
The only thing that I would like to have a little more of is insight in reporting. I find that Spectrum Protect needs a lot of monitoring, and I have to actually log into the servers. I would rather be more proactive and send the information when things do not work the way we want. I am hoping that the Spectrum Protect Plus supports Exchange. That is my primary wish, since Spectrum Protect Plus should be a single pane of glass where I will be able to monitor all my instances from. I would like to see more technical training online. Sometimes, it is a little bit difficult to find, or that I do not really know what I am looking for as somebody who is starting off finding their learning curve. The first part of it was very long, but once I found the terms and where to look, it became a lot easier. Then. I found another gap when troubleshooting information that I needed to have. I needed to contact support to actually find that information. View full review »
Head Of Storage at a university with 5,001-10,000 employees
The features should be a little bit closer together. If you take Spectrum Protect into account, and you have it along with restrictions to Spectrum Archive by means of LTFS, this is also something which should be made better within the overall product's program. View full review »
Principal Backup Engineer at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
I need to have more than two instances working together. I need a worldwide grid able to have replication between three, four, or five instances. The problem with Spectrum Protect is you can do anything with it, so you can also do bad things. While it is a very good solution, you have to provide a good quality of care to your administrators. One other challenge of the bank is examination, meaning that most of our administrators now are not located in France, but in India or Bangalore. This causes a lot training time, but it is not useless time. 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 »
Systems Engineer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
For Spectrum Protect Plus, I would like to see more enhanced reporting features and integration with Spectrum Protect. In terms of Spectrum Protect, usually the IBM features are ahead of where the customers' demand is, so I generally do not even install the latest version for at least a year. Therefore, I think they are doing good with this product. 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 »
Storage Administrator at Comerica Incorporated
We would like to see bare-metal restorers. There are some things that it is not doing too well for us. It does not do too well in our virtual environment. We have had to move away from it because of this. View full review »
Sophia Porter
Global Backup Engineer at a financial services firm with 5,001-10,000 employees
I would like a little more ease with the virtual platforms, because it is a huge thing that is coming up. We have a huge virtual environment, but it seems like it is convoluted as far as the process of planning it, then integrating Spectrum Protect. There are a lot of moving pieces, so I am looking forward to Spectrum Protect Plus. There seems to be less moving parts to it, so hopefully it will be quicker. View full review »
Javier Suarez
Solutions Architect at Etechservices
Continue the incremental improvements that they have been doing all along. There is not any one big thing right now that my customers can think to do. The Spectral Protect Plus addresses the VM inside of things and is a huge improvement. This is the main thing everyone has been seeing. View full review »
Chief Technical Officer at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Our customers would like to see metadata replication, tearing to tape, and more cloud capabilities. View full review »
Technical Analyst at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees
I should be able to backup Linux. I would like SUSE for Linux on POWER. Right now, we have to use Storex, which is a pain to use. View full review »
Wira Chinwong
Service Director at a integrator with 51-200 employees
The user interface (UI) for the admin is still not good. It is way too complicated to manage the product, as we still need to use command line. IBM launched the Operations Center (OC), but there are still functions lacking, especially since we cannot manage all our scheduled tasks by using the GUI. View full review »
Cloud Engineer at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
We would like to see cloud integration. The solution is evolving, so it has to be evolved to fit all new types of software requirements too. View full review »
Senior Systems Engineer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Most customers still struggle with the reporting piece, especially trending and generating reports. I think it needs some improvements in this area. It is famous for its complexity, which is a big challenge for the customers to accept. Customers are still scared about some of the history related to Command One. These are some of the challenges that customer usually complain about. View full review »
Pedro Emiliano
Line Of Business Manager for Storage and Backup at Compta IS
This product should be more user-friendly for newcomers. View full review »
Sr. Production Specialist at a tech vendor with 1-10 employees
At the moment, it meets DB2's needs sufficiently. View full review »
SSE at Value Point Systems
It lacks reporting and an efficient alert mechanism. The GUI could also be improved. View full review »
Humberto Sosa
Technical Advisor at GBM (an IBM alliance Company)
Any feature that is compliant with virtualizing the application should be improved. Also, the product should be improved to save more space. View full review »
Team Lead at Tata Consultancy Services
They need to reduce the complexity and make the learning curve easier. 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 »
Jean-Luc Goascoz
Consultant at a legal firm
The administration interface: * should implement more functionalities that exist only in the command line * needs improvement in how some reports are created. Also, it needs agents that take into account more databases (PostgreSQL, MySQL, etc.). View full review »
Zdzislaw Chobot
Technical Specialist IT at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
* 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 »
Peter Hadikin
Sr Sys Analyst with 1,001-5,000 employees
Easier configuration of some of the products, e.g., VE comes to mind. Perhaps some better documentation, which I believe was better in the past. View full review »
Tom McDonald
Sr. Infrastructure Engineer at a insurance company with 10,001+ employees
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 a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
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 colourtex
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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