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Find out what your peers are saying about IBM Spectrum Protect vs. IBM Spectrum Protect Plus and other solutions. Updated: January 2022.
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Pros
"I've had no problems with the stability of this solution.""SPIR is Instant Recovery for Spectrum Protect. It sends snapshots using space efficiently and blocking backups to the Spectrum Protect server. It provisions the snapshot from the backup server to the same or new server near instantly.""The most valuable feature is the backup speed.""One way they have improved our organization is through the stability of the solution and the availability of the product.""Technical support is okay. We have not had many issues with them.""The business value comes from the capability to overcome data losses.""The addition of the retention set feature provides a reduction in storage costs. It also reduces RTO and RPO so that you can respond quickly to your clients and services in case of data loss.""IBM Spectrum Protect offers stable software and products."

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"Virtual snapshots that offer incremental backups.""The most valuable feature is the ease of use.""We used to use the solution with tapes a few years ago. We've switched to discs, and it has gotten much faster.""The solution offers a very straightforward deployment. You click, click, click and it's done. There's not much configuration to do.""The API is very good."

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Cons
"It has a lot of areas for improvement. Its reporting for job completion or incompletion can be improved. It should also provide a granular recovery, ease of operation, data life cycle management, and media management. It should support a backup in such a format that in case of a disaster, one can start the virtual machine out of the backup itself. Its reliability can also be better. It is also expensive, and their support is also poor.""There needs to be a bit more automation.""The reporting could be better.""The initial setup is complex.""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 can be improved for large file systems with many files. Spectrum Protect can restore large files very well, but if you're restoring millions of little files, it is not as great. At one point, we tried to implement the VMware module with it, and it was awful and terrible. I don't know if that has improved. If it hasn't, this would be one big improvement.""It's difficult in terms of the configuration at set up. In our case, it required another admin, one person dedicated to the backup.""IBM Spectrum Protect could be improved by making the installation easier. Once it's implemented, it's okay. IBM started lagging behind when things started moving to storage and cloud-based solutions. Even though they've recently released updates that give cloud-based protection, personally, I still believe they are not up to par with the likes of Rubrik. The entire product is a little bit clumsy because they have co-joined two different products, so it's complex. Even from a sales/explaining to people what it does point of view, it's complex. Whereas, if you take more current products, it's a single box solution. You reel it in, you fire it up, you do a couple of points and clicks, and off you go, whereas the IBM system is seriously complex. There's a lot of training involved and it's a massively difficult product to sell at this point in time."

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"There could be better integration with Spectrum Protect and Spectrum Protect Plus, it should be one solution.""Not particularly user friendly.""Their first level of support can be improved. Often they are too junior to understand the issues we are having, and it takes too much time to get from them to the next level of support, which is what we actually need.""The replication feature is not available.""You end up needing to do a lot of troubleshooting to get things to work effectively."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "The licensing fees are between $8,000 and $10,000 per year."
  • "IBM provides an open license policy, which is more like a gentlemen's agreement."
  • "One can go with either a PVU licensing model or a capacity based licensing model. Either solution does not block the usage, if over used."
  • "It is fairly reasonable as compared to other solutions in the market."
  • "We have capacity licensing. We use the front end. The capacity licensing is pretty okay on the licensing price. I used to use the old PVU-based licensing in the early environment, but now we use capacity-based licensing."
  • "It is really expensive. Its price is not good for Latin America. Its price is good for the United States or Europe."
  • "It is expensive."
  • "The solution is expensive."
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  • "The price is lower than that of some competing products."
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    Questions from the Community
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    IBM Spectrum Protect offers stable software and products.
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    We have very non-standard license conditions, so I can not comment on this
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    The solution is quite outdated compared with others and I feel IBM to be lagging a step or two behind other vendors. We have received user complaints about the user interface. There is a need to… more »
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    The incremental backup forever for database is a good feature.
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    1. Database log backup is too difficult for tracking and reporting. It uses cron to schedule the backup job. Sometimes the duplicate cron job was created by SPP. 2. NFS mounted filesystem need to be… more »
    Top Answer: 
    The primary use of this solution is for VMware integration.
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    Also Known As
    IBM TSM, IBM Tivoli Storage Manager
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    Overview
    IBM Spectrum Protect (Tivoli Storage Manager) is a data protection platform that gives enterprises a single point of control and administration for backup and recovery. It is the flagship product in the IBM Spectrum Protect (Tivoli Storage Manager) family. It enables reliable, cost effective backups and fast recovery for virtual, physical and cloud environments of all sizes.

    IBM Spectrum Protect Plus is a data protection and availability solution for virtual environments that can be deployed in minutes and protect your environment within an hour. It simplifies data protection, whether data is hosted in physical, virtual, software-defined or cloud environments. It can be implemented as a stand-alone solution or integrate with your IBM Spectrum Protect environment to off-load copies for long term storage and data governance with scale and efficiency.

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    Sample Customers
    CERN, Einstein Healthcare, Nyherji, Allianz Australia, TZM, ABT Online, NCT, Kindred Healthcare Inc., Cobalt Iron, TransGrid, Baptist Health of Northeast Florida, Cash America, Piedmont Healthcare, RWGV, Arkansas Tech University, British Columbia Institute of Technology
    PT Wings Surya, Tectrade, State of Ohio
    Top Industries
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    Healthcare Company16%
    Financial Services Firm14%
    Insurance Company8%
    University8%
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    Computer Software Company32%
    Comms Service Provider21%
    Financial Services Firm6%
    Government6%
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    Computer Software Company31%
    Comms Service Provider21%
    Government8%
    Financial Services Firm7%
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    Small Business31%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise56%
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    Small Business13%
    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise70%
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    Small Business31%
    Midsize Enterprise8%
    Large Enterprise62%
    Find out what your peers are saying about IBM Spectrum Protect vs. IBM Spectrum Protect Plus and other solutions. Updated: January 2022.
    564,643 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    IBM Spectrum Protect is ranked 11th in Backup and Recovery Software with 47 reviews while IBM Spectrum Protect Plus is ranked 38th in Backup and Recovery Software with 5 reviews. IBM Spectrum Protect is rated 7.8, while IBM Spectrum Protect Plus is rated 7.8. The top reviewer of IBM Spectrum Protect writes "Great stability, reliability, and scalability, but very difficult to manage and get support". On the other hand, the top reviewer of IBM Spectrum Protect Plus writes "Virtual snapshots with incremental backups is a key feature". IBM Spectrum Protect is most compared with Veeam Backup & Replication, Commvault, Cohesity DataProtect, Azure Backup and Dell EMC PowerProtect DD (Data Domain), whereas IBM Spectrum Protect Plus is most compared with Veeam Backup & Replication, Rubrik, Azure Backup, Commvault and Dell EMC Avamar. See our IBM Spectrum Protect vs. IBM Spectrum Protect Plus report.

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