2018-05-01T08:02:00Z

What advice do you have for others considering IBM Spectrum Protect?

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If you were talking to someone whose organization is considering IBM Spectrum Protect, what would you say?

How would you rate it and why? Any other tips or advice?

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Top 5LeaderboardReal User

Since our organization affords use to 50 clients per server, this comes out to around 1,000 clients. I would recommend this solution to others. I rate IBM Spectrum Protect as an eight out of ten.

2021-06-23T12:49:32Z
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Top 5LeaderboardReal User

TSM is moving to the cloud and will be much easier. IBM Spectrum is coming out with a new version with the option of using Kubernetes, it's called IBM Spectrum Protect Plus. It's solid, it helps you protect the IDMS and helps you restore your VMware data and the types of data on your VM. I would rate IBM Spectrum Protect a seven out of ten.

2021-05-29T19:41:10Z
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Top 5Real User

I would rate IBM Spectrum Protect at eight on a scale from one to ten.

2021-05-08T13:38:36Z
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Top 20Real User

It is a reliable tool. It has been there for so many years. It is a good solution that provides many options. I would recommend this solution for large-scale environments with mission-critical applications running on complex hardware, such as AIX. I would rate IBM Spectrum Protect an eight out of ten.

2021-04-05T20:01:23Z
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Top 20Real User

You would really have to implement it. It is very stable, but it is complicated. You really need to get a staff member or a good consultant who knows it fairly well. I would rate IBM Spectrum Protect a seven out of ten for functionality. I am biased because I know it so well. Over the years, we did really well with disaster recovery with it, but that was the old way of sending tapes down to Iron Mountain and the Sterling Forest site in New York. I always made it work, but that was stressful.

2021-03-31T15:29:49Z
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Top 5Real User

We're just a customer and end-user. We're using an older version, called Spectrum Protect. We are not using Spectrum Protect Plus. Overall, I would rate the solution at a nine out of ten. We've largely been happy with it. I'd give it a higher rating if Spectrum Protect and Spectrum Protect Plus could either be the same product or integrated together.

2021-03-05T22:20:09Z
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Top 10Real User

We are customers and end-users. Our contract is coming to an end and the way that the budget is going, we've decided that we going with peer storage at this stage. We're going to change the way we are doing things, both on-premises and in the cloud. Whether this solution makes sense for a company depends on their environment and their overall goals. I'd rate the solution at an eight out of ten. We were mostly happy with the product, however, there were some limitations around the licensing that's making us rethink our commitment to it.

2021-02-26T23:04:21Z
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Top 10Reseller

I would recommend it depending on the use cases, but it is better to avoid IBM now. It is a new era of other solutions. IBM should catch up or allow itself to become extinct. I would rate IBM Spectrum Protect a five out of ten.

2021-02-03T14:02:35Z
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Top 5MSP

The solution is capable of connecting to the cloud, public or private, but we are currently using it on-premises on this particular project. I rate IBM Spectrum Protect a nine out of ten.

2021-02-02T16:54:59Z
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Top 5Real User

We're an implementor. Overall, we've had a good experience with the solution and I would easily recommend this product to other organizations. On a scale from one to ten, I would rate it at a seven.

2021-01-25T10:34:48Z
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Top 20Reseller

I would recommend this solution to others. It is a perfect solution for medium and big companies, but it is not a good solution for a small company because of its scalability, support, and prices. It is perfect for bigger industries and banks and financial institutions. I would rate IBM Spectrum Protect a seven out of ten. It is a good solution, but it is expensive.

2020-12-09T11:04:11Z
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Top 20MSP

We're an IBM partner. I would advise companies to use it for small environments that need a simple solution. I would also advise it for very large environments over a petabyte for flexibility. For the midsize company, I'm not sure if I would advise it as that's where you get into that sweat show. You need complex features, however, you don't really have the complex knowledge. For a mid-sized company, that's where the problems lie. I'd rate the solution nine out of ten. There's always room for improvement. If they shift to a little more simplicity, it might help. There are other products out there that have more modern features, and IBM is not yet there. Therefore, they're not 10 out of 10. That doesn't mean that those other products are 10 out of 10 because they lack things that IBM has. There's no perfect 10 on the market.

2020-11-04T19:25:32Z
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Top 5LeaderboardReal User

The IBM shops would use it because it fits very nicely into an IBM environment, but even with the VM capabilities, it is more difficult to configure and support as compared to other solutions in the market. If you look at other solutions, even your IBM ProtecTIER, for example, would be a data protection appliance. I could mix and match technologies, but I think other products are easier to manage. There are many third-party products that do it all. TSMManager is really excellent for managing a multi TSM server environment. If you have got 10 or 20 TSM servers, you cannot manage them natively. It is difficult to switch from one to another. You can always connect them and then jump from one to the other. You have that option, but it is easier if you have one UI sitting on top of them all, like a single management layer. IBM does not provide it. I have heard something is coming out in version nine or ten, which is going to change a lot of things, but I am not very sure. I would rate IBM Spectrum Protect a seven out of ten. There are many good things about it, such as stability, reliability, and scalability, but it is tough in terms of manageability and things like that. Its support is also not good.

2020-10-29T12:02:52Z
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Top 20MSP

I'm a reseller and a system architect. I'm not really a user. I'm a project manager and architect. However, we have people on our team that use and install it. We're using the current version of the solution. I'd advise other companies to not forget tape. With ransomware and everything else, it's hard. People forget tape is cheap. Tape gives you an air-gap, and, if you properly use it, you get a good hybrid solution. Many people think it's disk only, and that's just for yesterday's restore, however, for a long-term solution, tape is so much more cost-effective. I'd rate the solution eight out of ten. It's a full-feature product. It's hard to be perfect with full-featured products. There are compromises due to the fact that they do so much.

2020-10-06T06:57:37Z
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Top 20Real User

I would rate IBM Spectrum Protect an eight out of ten. It is very robust, stable, and easy to administer. The backup related to the cloud is the only challenge that we have with this product. We're happy with everything else. It is a good product.

2020-10-04T06:40:20Z
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Top 10Real User

I would rate this solution a seven out of 10.

2020-10-04T06:40:20Z
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Top 20Real User

My advice for anybody who is considering this product is to implement the newest version, IBM Spectrum Protect Plus. This is a good product, although it would be better if it were easier to use and manage. I would rate this solution a seven out of ten.

2020-09-21T06:33:18Z
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Top 20Real User

I would say partner up with a business partner, someone who does it day in and day out because installing the application or the server is not something you do every day as a customer. As a customer, you do that once in a blue moon. A business partner is constantly doing these installations over and over so they've got it down fairly well. I would say partner up with someone who can help you through it. Support's not going to do a whole lot with you as far as installing it. That's not really what they're there for. They're there to troubleshoot issues. A business partner's there to hold your hand and walk you through getting it installed and set up and running. In the next release, I would like to see better protect storage pool and node replication. I would rate IBM Spectrum Protect as a whole a seven out of ten.

2020-07-26T08:19:00Z
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Top 20Real User

The capability of the product now has been remarketed in IBM. So IBM Spectrum Protect is part of the Spectrum Suite. If you've got time, look at that. There are about 17 software-defined products that all interlink with each other. You'll get maximum usage out of the Spectrum Suite. I would recommend it. The Spectrum that we know now was the old IBM Tivoli Storage Manager. Check up on Utility Storage Manager. IBM repackaged it as part of their fully software-defined offering. And one of the Spectrum Suite products is Spectrum Protect. I would rate IBM Spectrum Protect an eight out of ten.

2020-07-19T08:15:00Z
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Real User

We're not partners with IBM. We're just customers. We have a good relationship with the company, however, we are not reseller partners. We're using the latest version of the solution. I'd rate the solution eight out of ten. It's a great solution, and we've been very happy with it, but it does lack cloud integration features. If it offered that, I'd rate it higher.

2020-06-25T10:49:27Z
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Top 20Real User

This is a product that I recommend, although I think it depends on the sizing of your IT systems. That said, there is a need to have a solution that is recognized by most companies. Overall, I feel that this is an average product. In my opinion, there are many competing products that are better than Spectrum Protect. I would rate this solution a five out of ten.

2020-06-18T05:17:53Z
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Top 5Real User

The perfect solution with a robust, scalable, open architecture. Many additional plugins are available on the Global Solution Directory.

2020-04-27T13:09:00Z
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Real User

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 of these challenges like ours, i.e. where power is a major issue. I rate IBM Spectrum Protect with a seven out of 10 because of our inability to pick a backup of a trusted VMware environment. When the VMware environment is collected, we cannot take a backup. We cannot take VMware backups for that environment.

2019-06-16T07:23:00Z
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Consultant

The best part of this solution is that it just works. I would rate this product eight out of ten.

2019-05-13T08:56:00Z
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Top 5Real User

The product may look difficult to manage, but if you need enterprise backup software which supports cross platform and you have good design and skills transfer, this product will help reduce costs.

2018-06-19T08:17:00Z
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Real User

I rate it a nine out of 10. It's a good product, simple to use, simple to configure, and we get very good technical support.

2018-06-11T06:45:00Z
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MSP

I would recommend Spectrum Protect. Most important criteria for my customers when selecting a vendor: An enterprise backup solution which could cover multiple Clients, environments, and databases.

2018-05-02T07:12:00Z
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Consultant

Most important criteria when selecting a vendor: * OS compatibility * Scalability * Pricing, etc.

2018-05-01T08:02:00Z
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