Please share with the community what you think needs improvement with IBM Spectrum Protect.
What are its weaknesses? What would you like to see changed in a future version?
Replication services would be nice. If these could be enhanced to be always on so multiple storage backup services could be added as a cluster pool. This would provide a better availability service. It would be great if the API could add functions to check storage pool details using the client-side API. It would be great if there would be an API to add new licenses using the client-side API so the licenses can be reviewed using QUERY LICENSE. Then, new licenses could be added using the REGISTER LICENSE command.
The deduplication must be perfect, and thus should be improved. It costs us too much when we hit corruption in a backup and cannot recover.
Technically, I've not used the latest version. What can be improved is the graphical interface and user-friendliness of the products. Secondly, they can make it also more available for other sub-regions so that we can pick up some courses on it. We need to improve our knowledge base on their products. IBM Spectrum Protect needs improvement, but I'm sure they looked at some of these issues in the latest version. There are continuous improvements in the application.
In the next version of the solution, I would like to see cloud support. Specifically, I'd like to see this product leverage the native data protection services in the major cloud providers (AWS, Azure) and not require an agent to be installed. Since access to the hypervisor is not available in an IaaS environment the native services must be leveraged. Many competing solutions already do this.
The user interface needs to be improved. It is mostly a command line and you're stuck in a terminal most of the time. They have been moving over to a graphical interface, in part, but it still has a way to go in terms of ease-of-use. The commands are awesome but you can't really remember all of them. If the whole thing goes graphical then you don't have to remember obscure commands to run stuff, or set stuff up. The configuration section needs some work done, especially with the day-to-day usage of setting up schedules and policy domains, etc. The licensing needs to be simplified, changing it from "per core" to "per socket". This would make it much better.
* A new adjustment to Azure cloud * Possibility to split big file spaces CIFS and NFS into smaller parts (together with storage split) in order to avoid retaking backup from scratch. * Possibility to move file-spaces between nodes: These are very needed in very big environments.
Sometimes we experience trouble with the backup transfer of the control files.
This solution does not have good support for virtualization and a hyper-converged environment.
The user interface (UI) for the admin is still not good. It is way too complicated to manage the product, as we still need to use command line. IBM launched the Operations Center (OC), but there are still functions lacking, especially since we cannot manage all our scheduled tasks by using the GUI.
I really haven't noticed that something is missing. There is a central console for all backups and restores. Perhaps if they could add replication to a second site or third site from the same console, that would be helpful. Currently, we have to connect to another console.
In my opinion, the Hyper-V and SQL Server backup could be improved. In the 2016 version there was a significant improvement, but I think IBM has a big challenge with these technologies.
Single store: The ability to mark an archive from my backup for long-term retention. A lot of my customers always ask for legal holds, especially on email.
I want to see better compression than what it currently does. I heard that 8.1.5 has better compression. There are more features, but I want test earlier, therefore we can do more bugging for the compression feature.