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2018-05-01T08:02:00Z

What is your primary use case for IBM Spectrum Protect?

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Top 5Reseller

IBM Spectrum Protect server runs on Linux and collects the backups from the clients. Either direct clients, backup archive clients, or through a proxy in the case of VM, which is TDA.

2021-10-29T16:03:47Z
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Top 5LeaderboardReal User

We are using Spectrum as a backup solution. We use it to backup all of our data, which is different kinds of databases and software, with a virtualization environment. Also, we have more than a hundred remote sites. We are taking backups through Spectrum for all of those.

2021-09-27T16:14:27Z
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Top 20Real User

I am using it for standard data protection, backup recovery, and disaster recovery. I am using its most recent version.

2021-08-30T15:10:45Z
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Top 5Real User

Our primary use case is using it for protecting the physical environment.

2021-07-27T14:47:00Z
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Real User

We use IBM Spectrum Protect for all the organization backups. When there is loss of data, we can restore it from the backup.

2021-06-10T19:10:09Z
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Consultant

The solution is mainly used for backup of data and customers' infrastructure, such as, for example, backup of databases, Oracle, SQL, a backup of the self server, a backup of SharePoint et cetera.

2021-05-21T16:13:36Z
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Top 20Real User

We use it for our enterprise backups. By enterprise, I mean Oracle, SAP, and all other business-critical applications.

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

We have a very small footprint. We only use it to back up a couple of servers that we could not move over at this time. I only use it to back up two servers and very large academic systems and number cruncher systems, which isn't the best way to do that, but we do use MN backup with it. Previously, we used to use Spectrum Protect for disaster recovery (DR), but we don't use it for disaster recovery anymore.

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

The primary use case for the solution is mainly backing up Oracle databases and critical workload AIX servers, and so on.

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

We primarily use the solution in order to back up VMware, Hyper V, SQL, and Oracle. We also do Linux, AIX, and solutions that Cisco has as well. We also do voice logging.

2021-02-26T23:04:21Z
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Top 20Reseller

We use it for backup.

2021-02-03T14:02:35Z
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Top 5Real User

We primarily use the solution for security purposes. We implement this solution for many of our clients.

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

We implement this product for our clients and customers. We configure this solution for the requirement of the customers. We have hybrid deployments. It is deployed in the cloud and on-premises, and we are using the latest version.

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

We primarily provide this solution to our customers. They mostly use the solution for backup and recovery purposes.

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

We use it for normal file system backups, database backups for Microsoft SQL, and VM image backups. We also use it for the backup of the Sybase database, which is an important backup for us. Sybase is the database for the SAP ERP systems. These are business-critical systems. IBM doesn't provide its own data protection agent for Sybase. Therefore, we are taking Sybase backups by using the built-in API from SAP. We utilize Sybase ASE, which contains the API and allows us to connect with the TSM of IBM Spectrum Protect. We are currently on an older version, but we are going to upgrade to 8.1.9 very soon.

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

Our clients use it for consolidated backup and mostly for guests on the VM.

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

Our current primary use case for this solution is for file backup. I'm head of cloud systems and we are customers of IBM.

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

We use IBM Spectrum Protect with another product from IBM called IBM ESS. IBM ESS allows us to open up multiple screens of the backup box or the soapbox when doing backups or restores.

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

We use this product to back up our VMs and files locally and then to the cloud.

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

We have two data centers, we have two Spectrum Protect servers, and we do cross replicating between them. The main use case is AIX. Because AIX is an IBM product, they have their backup software for it, for SysBack and things of that nature that most other companies don't get into because there are not a lot of companies that use AIX. Bigger federal government companies use AIX but AIX is a big one that always hampers us. That's why the business, over the last several years, we've been trying to encourage them to go into the VMware arena. We're using a lot of different products in VMware that are able to recover things very quickly, versus Spectrum Protect and AIX, you have to drop down the OS, then you have to restore the database, and then you have to roll the logs forward. All of that takes time, whereas in VMware you can take snapshots, or you can use products like Zerto. We have Zerto in-house where we're doing asynchronous replication from our primary site to our DR site. Our VMware systems that are being protected by Zerto are seconds behind the production world. We're running anywhere from four seconds to 11 seconds behind, whereas in AIX, you have from that last backup. You may be eight hours behind. It's challenges like that, that we run into, that I'm always on the lookout for. I've been using Spectrum Protect since it was TSM for 17 years, but I'm not tied to it. There are other products out there that make your life a lot easier. As far as the data protection admin or business continuity, whatever you want to call the title they have out there, but those are challenges that we run into. And so that's where we're going, but it's just going to take some time to get there.

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

Our primary use cases are for data protection and data backup.

2020-07-19T08:15:00Z
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Top 20Real User

The solution is primarily used for backing up all of our servers and data. We also use it for a lot of driving data.

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

We are a technology provider and IBM Spectrum Protect is one of the solutions that we are certified in. Our customers are using it for databases and applications.

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

Protecting infrastructures and applications. We have infrastructures and applications that must be online. Some has archiving requirements that need to store data using longer retention due to legal or other requirements. With Spectrum Protect, you can adjust this to your needs. We use this to fine tune our business requirements for the data, where we can save shorter data retention data on a storage pool with faster performance and save archiving on a storage pool with tapes to keep cost lower.

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

Our primary use for this solution is Backup & Recovery. We have worked with old fashioned tape media hierarchies, completely disk-based backup using Data Domain, and now a mixed tape and directory container pool environment.

2019-06-27T13:12:00Z
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Real User

We use IBM Spectrum Protect for data backup purposes, i.e. for people, administration, and file-level backups.

2019-06-16T07:23:00Z
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Real User

Our primary uses for this solution are Disaster Recovery and operational data protection.

2019-05-15T21:33:00Z
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Consultant

Our primary use case is for little backups, such as our exchange databases.

2019-05-13T08:56:00Z
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Consultant

* Enterprise solution * Scripting-automation possibilities * Easy commands * Very good monitoring tool * Operations center * Good compression * Deduplication

2019-02-05T10:35:00Z
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Top 20Real User

I primarily use the backup and recovery features.

2018-12-12T10:23:00Z
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Real User

My primary use case for this solution is for large data backup.

2018-11-18T07:31:00Z
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Top 5Real User

It is an enterprise product.

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

We use it for physical and virtual servers, especially when we are talking about IBM Power architecture.

2018-06-11T06:45:00Z
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Real User

My first use case was a big company with 16 subsidiaries. We implemented the TSM Server, v6.1, with Exchange, VMware, Oracle, File System backup, and DRM. Today, this company uses IBM Spectrum Protect 8.1 with all items mentioned plus cloud backup with cloud containers. It's about seven years of partnership.

2018-05-23T07:58:00Z
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MSP

The primary use case for Spectrum Protect is as an enterprise back-end for companies' top database products, email, VMware, etc. We use it internally and promote that to our customers. It performs extremely well. Our infrastructure is on-premise. When I help architect our customer solutions, we are primarily recommending flash for the catalog of the database, then a NL-SAS big storage bowl. We do have some tape, but we recommend going into the container bowl and replicating to a second site, whether that be a cloud container or a customer's on-premise at a second site. I architect solutions. One of my biggest customers is managing three Spectrum Protect environments, two large footprints, and one medium footprint. Currently, they are doing two-site replication. They are experimenting with cloud containers (just in the early stages).

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

Its primary use case is backup and recall for enterprises. We were looking for an enterprise solution, and we found Spectrum Protect. It is more enterprise backup and that is what you want. I am managing two Spectrum Protect system plus one tests. We are not using cloud storage currently, nor are we planning to in the future. I am working to implement Spectrum Protect Plus

2018-05-01T08:02:00Z
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