If you were talking to someone whose organization is considering IBM Spectrum Protect Plus, what would you say?
How would you rate it and why? Any other tips or advice?
IBM doesn't work well on a middle-ware level when you're using solutions from different companies. I've been reading about their recent virtualisation. Once they master that, they'll probably be number one again and they seem to now be aligning themselves and starting to create a compatible product with all the clouds. What's caused part of the problem with IBM are their ongoing support costs. It looks like they're now changing their model and aligning themselves by creating a compatible product with all the clouds. Until now, Commvault has been the only compatible solution with all the clouds, whereas IBM has only been compatible with their own solutions. It's only now they're starting to integrate. There is an arrogance about them but lately I think they've realised that they need to be more public with their stuff and to compete with Commvault. I would rate this product a nine out of 10.
As far as advice for people who are thinking about using the product, the product is excellent and it works. I can recommend using it and that you can be satisfied. On a scale of one to ten where one is worst and ten is best, I give the product an eight. The biggest reason why this is an eight and not a ten is the same issues with the GUI interface and that it could be easier to use.
This is a really strong application that I find really useful and reliable for backup, but it needs to be more user-friendly. I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.
At this time, I do not recommend using this solution and suggest that people choose another one. It is difficult to install, configure, and administer. I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.
My advice for anybody who is considering this solution is to be open-minded when checking the infrastructure and technology, and then see whether this solution will be the best one for them. The biggest lesson that I have learned from this solution is that project planning is key. You have to plan ahead for all of the various scenarios. I would rate this solution a seven out of ten.
The sooner you can do it and get going, the better. I rate this solution an eight out of ten.
We mostly use the private cloud deployment model of IBM Spectrum Protect Plus. I recommend the solution. You don't need to go to any other product. If you want to have a strong backup for recovery and traffic, you need this solution. I would rate the solution nine out of ten.
If they are using the existing System Protect they should convert to Spectrum Protect Plus. It will save them a lot of money from a cost perspective. I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.
I would recommend this solution for others who are looking at buying a data recovery and backup solution. But this product is not just for backup and recovery. This is far bigger than that. Backup and recovery is only one component of this product, as it also offers data to life-cycle management. I rate this a nine out of ten.