IBM Spectrum Protect Valuable Features

Senior Manager at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
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 away from that mechanical robot and just do disk-based replication and backup. Performance and recoveries are better. Our clients and customers are happier with the performance of it. They can just spin something up, take off, and they don't have to say, “Hey, this tape is busted or this tape is marked write-protected.” Operators kick tapes across the floor in the data center every now and then. Now, I don't have to worry about that. View full review »
Storage Engineer at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
From a tech perspective: * Utilizing deduplication * No replication * Getting the virtual environment backed up using Spectrum Protect Plus on all of the databases. View full review »
IT Consultant at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
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 within the product. View full review »
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Harold Morales
IT Tech Lead at a tech services company with 1-10 employees
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. This is good because customers need reliability in their enterprise initiatives. View full review »
Bill Raines
Technical Specialist at Cherbonnier Mayer & Assoc
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. View full review »
Albertus Maritz
Consultant at a financial services firm with 501-1,000 employees
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 different policies for images, for audio files, and for user files. We have policies set up for something lasts for 15 years, or five years, or some for only two years. It can put up many, many schedules for different types of retentions. It's awesome. View full review »
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. View full review »
Ravi Prakash Srivastava
Regional Platform Services Manager at GBM
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 consistency check over the backup. View full review »
TSM SME and Storage software Solutions Architect at Software Information Systems, LLC
The biggest thing is its enterprise-wide type of architecture. It supports a lot of different platforms. This is useful for us. View full review »
Technical Architect at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Integration with Spectrum Scale is a large part of it. We sometimes use different pools of storage (policy engine in it) in terms of retention. View full review »
Technical Analyst at a energy/utilities company with 10,001+ employees
Once it is completed properly, it is low maintenance. Most of the functions do not require much deliberation. It is all the blueprints and technologies laid out, and it is straight forward. View full review »
Systems Engineer at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
There is a laundry list of valuable features: scalability, performance, mass platform coverage, etc. It is one of the few backup products on the market right now which an organization can bring in and it will serve all of their backup needs. It is a completely centralized solution and one of the three largest, market share wise, in the world (I believe). It is a strong, mature product, which a lot of people are using, and there is a ton of support for it. View full review »
Senior Systems Manager with 1,001-5,000 employees
The backup feature. Everyone wants a full backup. It gives them safety and peace of mind, like an insurance policy for that rainy day when they may need to restore a system. It is not necessarily as good for migrating to a new release, then putting back a D-drive. However, for daily operations and disaster recovery, it is a big use case. View full review »
Tomas Dalebjörk
Information Technology Technician at a tech vendor with 51-200 employees
Space efficient data reduction, using progressive incremental forever in combination with deduplication and compression. IBM philosophy is to not backup data that has not been changed View full review »
Lead Storage Administrator at a government with 5,001-10,000 employees
I have not implemented the most important feature yet: node replication. I can have a hot Spectrum Protect server under the DR site instead of having to build one up like I would have had to before. View full review »
Technical manager of the storage area with 501-1,000 employees
Yields are a key feature. There are also very few incidents related to restores that cannot be performed. The level of product support is very high. View full review »
Systems Administrator at a government
The most valuable features of the new version are directory container pools with inline data deduplication and compression. View full review »
Dirk Osten
Team Leader For Back Up at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
The wide variety that we have for using the software with each database and your own adapter. You can configure it, and it is quite good. Other backup software, you can be stuck to one environment and have to keep that environment. View full review »
Technical Consultant at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Most valuable features are: * Good tape integration * The node replication to a secondary site. * The ability to use S3 Data Store as a repository. View full review »
Director Storage Services at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
* The product is very stable. * Performance is mostly perfect. * We have been very satisfied with the product. View full review »
Andrew Mikhail
Systems And Storage Administrator at Zain Mobile
High availability (HA): It is one of the best features that we have. View full review »
Solutions Architect with 51-200 employees
* Deduplication * Compression But really, today, all features are available from all vendors. We can ensure incremental backups, full backups, differential backups. These are not specific to IBM. All other products contain the same features. But when I'm backing up a Power server, I feel more comfortable with IBM Spectrum Protect because it's the same vendor. The solution is not complex, it's very easy to configure agents or VM backup and restore. Upgrades from one version to another are very fast and the product is very stable. View full review »
System Administrator Manager at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
* It is very robust. * It has been in the market for many years. * We can use it with any storage for the back-end to save data. * It supports tape, which is something that we like as a hospital. View full review »
Systems Administrator at Grenfell Campus
Reliability: It has never had a problem with backups or restores. If you store something, it is there. View full review »
Systems Engineer at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
I like the new GUI. It makes things really nice. The previous GUI that they had was slow, and it did not have enough information on it. Therefore, they have truly improved in what they are offering. It is moving into the main stream, like all the other backup solutions are. I also like what I am seeing with some of the new features which are coming out. View full review »
Head Of Storage at a university with 5,001-10,000 employees
* We can scale. Today, we have an average backup volume of 100TB a day. * It is reliable; it works. * We have a good cooperation with IBM. View full review »
Sr. Solution Engineer at a tech company with 10,001+ employees
* Deduplication * Data compression * There are a lot more features that we can use versus the previous product. View full review »
Systems Engineer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Scalability: Our customers are able to grow the product without having to buy additional hardware, so it is very scalable. View full review »
Solutions Architect at Key Information Systems
The software-defined ability to do data reduction through deduplication and compression, as well as being able to replicate data to a cloud container. View full review »
Storage Administrator at Comerica Incorporated
It allows us to have one interface. Our database administrators can schedule backups themselves. We can freeze and start databases for consistent backups. Also, we can have different schedules for whatever they need, whenever they want. View full review »
Sophia Porter
Global Backup Engineer at a financial services firm with 5,001-10,000 employees
* The server application - the features in it. * The replication part of it. * The dedupe piece of it, which is a huge help, especially in our environment. View full review »
Javier Suarez
Solutions Architect at Etechservices
The incremental forever backup, which makes it more efficient than any other solution that does not use this scheme. View full review »
Chief Technical Officer at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
It is a proven product. It has a lot of features and capabilities. That is its pro and its con. It makes it a very capable product, but somewhat difficult to use. View full review »
Technical Analyst at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees
That it backs up everything, except Linux. View full review »
Wira Chinwong
Service Director at a integrator with 51-200 employees
* Incremental forever: This feature helps us reduce backup time and backup storage space. * Deduplication and compression: This feature helps us move away from physical tape by using disk. * Replication: This feature help us to offsite backup data without tape. Data replication is incremental and will send only non-duplicate data. View full review »
Cloud Engineer at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Product features were previously not great, but they eventually evolved. There have been a lot of good improvement, so now the features are quite impressive. View full review »
Assistant Engineer at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
* The speed of backup * The amount of data that it protects with very little storage by doing incremental forever. View full review »
System Engineer at a insurance company with 1,001-5,000 employees
We have scheduled backups whenever we want. View full review »
Senior Systems Engineer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
* Performance * Scalability * Backing up virtual environments View full review »
Pedro Emiliano
Line Of Business Manager for Storage and Backup at Compta IS
It is the only backup software which gives retro-compatibility, resilience, and enterprise agents. View full review »
Sr. Production Specialist at a tech vendor with 1-10 employees
It is an IBM product. With SAP, you are using IBM software to protect it. DB2 and AIX servers are both IBM. Therefore, it is a total IBM solution, which helps. View full review »
Global Backup Engineer at a financial services firm with 5,001-10,000 employees
* The ease of use * Being able to set it up and configure it. View full review »
SSE at Value Point Systems
The data archiving functionality. It is easier and less time-consuming. View full review »
Humberto Sosa
Technical Advisor at GBM (an IBM alliance Company)
* Mainly backups * Replication * Exporting the data from another data center. View full review »
Team Lead at Tata Consultancy Services
Disk-based implementation of a data protection solution for multiple sites, which is a better fit for my complex data protection needs. View full review »
Paulo Ricardo de Mello
IT Infrastructure Analyst at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
All features help me meet my requirements, but I love the TDP for VMware because of the web interface and the possibilities provided by this tool. It's amazing. View full review »
Jean-Luc Goascoz
Consultant at a legal firm
* Forever incremental - allows TSM to optimize storage needs. * The way it covers backup and archive needs. The flexibility of backup copy group always allows me to cover the customer's requests. * Replication processes with container storage pools allow reduction of storage space and network bandwidth, using deduplication and compression. View full review »
Zdzislaw Chobot
Technical Specialist IT at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
* Enterprise solution * Easy to build and add new instances: physical and virtual * Easy deployment in the cloud * Scripting-automation possibilities necessary to have in a big environment above 5 PB a month * Very good monitoring tool * "Operations center" very useful in order to check how instances feel and backup results. * We also use it to create tickets in SNOW in order to address issues and assign to the right team. View full review »
Evgen Ezhov
Head of Testing Dpt with 501-1,000 employees
The main feature of this product is a flexible architecture and functionality that allows you to solve problems of any complexity and scale. Most importantly, it is not just a product that simply makes a backup, but it restores and saves a large number of services in critical situations. By the way, it works fine with different types of clouds, supports S3. View full review »
Peter Hadikin
Sr Sys Analyst with 1,001-5,000 employees
* Incrementals forever * SnapDiff functionality * VE The ability to do dedupe in the product is nice to have. We currently have a VTL appliance with dedupe functionality. We will be exploring the SP features in this area shortly. View full review »
Tom McDonald
Sr. Infrastructure Engineer at a insurance company with 10,001+ employees
The most valuable features are compression and deduplication. View full review »
Steffan Rhoads
Sys Admin 4 at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
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). View full review »
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