IBM Spectrum Protect Valuable Features

Data Protection Specialist at a computer software company with 10,001+ employees

The backup of Sybase databases is the most valuable feature in the existing environment.

They have got the most documentation out there on the internet for its software protection. The documentation is excellent, and there are a lot of blogs, websites. Because it's still one of the oldest products out there for data protection, there are also lots of people who have a lot of experience in using this solution.

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Harold Morales
Technical Manager at Optimize It

One of the more recent features that we value the most, being an influencer myself, there is feature we call retention sets. These retention sets are snapshots of previously backed-up data. This data no longer needs to be backed up again so there's no need to re-back up that information, to reinject that data. It allows us to offer, improve, and optimize the use of storage resources for our customers. We implemented this solution for a number of clients here in Colombia and throughout Latin America.

Also, Spectrum Protect has what is one of the greatest ecosystems of experts, users, forums and in general learning resources in the data protection realm.

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Network Systems Analyst III at a retailer with 10,001+ employees

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 backups that you're using and gives you the ability to get rid of some SQL data protection backups. 

Instead of taking three different backups of your systems, you're taking only one. You're able to crack that open and get what you need. The incident recovery, where it creates the VM and then you're running it, technically you're running it on Spectrum Protect. But then in the background, it's doing the storage motion and moving it off the Spectrum Protect back to your VMware environment. The users don't know the difference. 

Those are nice really features that we really use. And it's really been helpful since we've gone to an all disc-based solution.

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Unix / AIX System Administration at a construction company with 1,001-5,000 employees

One of the main things that I like about IBM is the versioning of the data - meaning that we can have multiple versions of a file or directory of a server. I could have 10 versions of one file and that file I could keep for as long as I want.

There is the archive for a version of the solution which gave us the opportunity to have, let's say, one full backup every month for a long period of time. Its archiving offers us good flexibility.

The solution is very stable.

We've found the scalability to be very good.

The initial implementation is straightforward for the most part.

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Senior Storage Architect at a computer software company with 201-500 employees

The solution actually does a lot. It's really powerful. The value of Spectrum Protect is it does everything. It does tape and it does disk. It's easy to migrate. You don't need any other software. It's basically an all-in-one solution, which is its most valuable aspect.

Their GUI has improved quite a bit. It's made the solution a lot simpler and less complex.

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Database Specialist at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees

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 system. 

IBM Spectrum Protect has its system for taking a backup. It has a backup option on the outside also that makes it easy for you to do a restore.

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IT Architect at CGI

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 server for easier usage. With this one can protect any data using the Spectrum Protect storage.
# mount -t spfs /backup
# mysqldump > /backup/mysqldump.bkp

SPIR is Instant Recovery for Spectrum Protect. Take application consistent snapshots locally using, and sends snapshots data using space efficiently and blocking backups to the Spectrum Protect server. It provisions the snapshot from the backup server to the same or new server near instantly, so that applications can be started before all data has been copied back to original place.

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Spectrum Protect Specialist at a computer software company with 201-500 employees

The solution offers very good flexibility. 

It's huge. You can do almost everything with it. It's very programmable, customizable, and automatable. It supports a lot of operating systems and a lot of applications. It's very versatile. It's maybe the most versatile on the market.

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Storage administrator at a university with 1,001-5,000 employees

The MN backup for a cluster is most valuable because it has made backing up the GSF as a zero-file system easier.

I like its stability a lot. Over the years, I very rarely had a problem with it.

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Manager - Storage & Backup at a pharma/biotech company with 10,001+ employees

We have been using it for several years, and it is quite reliable and predictable. We are quite comfortable with this solution. They're coming up with new features as well. 

It has good scalability, and it provides good integrations with business-critical applications or databases, such as SAP HANA. It works as expected, and we don't see any issues.

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Stefan Schneider
Lead Engineer Storage at a computer software company with 201-500 employees

The Oracle database backup is the solution's most valuable aspect.

The solution is scalable.

We've found the product to be quite stable and the performance is very good.

Technical support has been helpful overall.

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Business consultant at a tech services company with 11-50 employees

It's very hard to say which feature is most valuable. It's a complex product. It's not possible to say what is most valuable.

The solution is mostly stable.

The product scales well.

The solution offers good cloud extensions.

The technical support on offer is pretty good.

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Storage Administrator at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees

It is easy to implement and restores very quickly.

It's very simple.

With the SPVE you can migrate from IBM to a different storage box. For example from IBM, you are going to Dell or NetApp. If you want to carry it over, you can.

You can do restores very quickly. You can mount a drive and restore it right from the drive.

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Hugo Badenhorst
Backup Administrator at a insurance company with 5,001-10,000 employees

The solution has excellent performance overall. 

The product's initial setup is pretty straightforward. They offer good documentation that helps with the process.

The stability of the solution is very good.

In general, the solution is quite user-friendly. The GUI is very nice.

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Director of Storage Services at a legal firm with 5,001-10,000 employees

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

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Wira Chinwong
Service Director at scsi co.,ltd

The backup aspect of the solution is very good. The solution allows for incremental backups forever. It saves your backup files while also saving space.

The product is quite stable.

The API is simple to integrate into a custom application.

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Afzal Loonat
IT Infrastructure and Architecture Manager at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees

The feature that I have found the most valuable is that IBM Spectrum Protect is highly integrated with IBM ESS. In addition, it allows us to back up our virtual servers directly to take VM snapshots. It runs on Linux as well.

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Noel Bezuidenhout
IBM Product & Technical Sales Specialist at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees

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

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Architecte Technique at a retailer with 10,001+ employees

The interface is easy to use.

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IT Infrastructure Engineer at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees

It is good in terms of functionality. My clients are very satisfied with this solution.

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Director at a tech services company with 51-200 employees

Support of the IBM X platform and the backup data replication to DR are the most valuable features.

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Thiago Souza
Solutions Architect at a tech services company with 11-50 employees

Overall the solution is fairly complete.

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Network Administrator at a government with 51-200 employees

The most valuable feature is the backup speed.

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Beat Halter
Head of Cloud & Systems at Abraxas Informatik AG

I believe the user interface is a good feature. The personnel who work with the product on a daily basis seem to be satisfied with what's possible.

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Wira Chinwong
Service Director at scsi co.,ltd

It is a very stable product. The cost is similar to that of other enterprise solutions.

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Sr Systems engineer at a energy/utilities company with 10,001+ employees

The IBM Spectrum Protect feature I find the most valuable is how fast it is. 

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Steffan Rhoads
Sys Admin 4 at UC Davis Health System

The most valuable features are scripting to control daily processing, scripting to integrate special client backups, and scripting to develop enhanced reporting (primarily using SQL).

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