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"The business value comes from the capability to overcome data losses.""The feature we have found most valuable is when you want to integrate it with a Tape Library and then do the DRM life cycle. That is when it works the best.""The customization and the ability to backup across all platforms are the most valuable features.""One of the main things that I like about IBM is the versioning of the data - meaning that we can have multiple versions of a file or directory of a server.""I've had no problems with the stability of this solution.""Support of the IBM X platform and the backup data replication to DR are the most valuable features.""Their GUI has improved quite a bit. It's made the solution a lot simpler and less complex.""One way they have improved our organization is through the stability of the solution and the availability of the product."

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"The restoration and infrastructure is extremely reliable."

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Cons
"The interface could be more user-friendly.""There needs to be a bit more automation.""It does what we need it to do, but it could be better with VM backups. It could be better integrated with virtual machines or VM backups, but that's why they have their Plus out now. Plus version is more geared toward VM backups. The regular version is more for endpoint clients.""The licensing isn't very clear. They should work to simply or clarify the cost structure.""It would be helpful if the solution included some sort of ransomware protection.""We need better protection from ransomware or the ability to identify ways we can protect ourselves from ransomware. Having backups is one thing, but specifically, we need methods to recover if we have a ransomware attack.""Its price can be better. It is very expensive. Its interface is very old and not user friendly. They can improve its interface. Their support can also be better. My clients are not very satisfied with the support because they are not really quick.""The main admin console from the UI cannot do anything in the product. It just allows us to maintain, maybe, 30% to 40%. For the rest, we have to use the command line."

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"We would like to have the opportunity to omit data from being backed up. For example, we have three virtual machines, each with three disks. When running the backup, it will automatically take each disk rather than allowing us to select what data we want backed."

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  • "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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  • "It's expensive, but it's worth for it due to the volume of critical information within our database. We are currently paying about $22,000 per year."
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    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 Tivoli Continuous Data Protection for Files is a continuous backup software that protects your most important files. This real-time, continuous data protection solution for file servers and user endpoints automatically backs up your most critical files the moment they are saved.
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    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
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    IBM Spectrum Protect is ranked 11th in Backup and Recovery Software with 45 reviews while IBM Tivoli CDP for Files is ranked 62nd in Backup and Recovery Software with 1 review. IBM Spectrum Protect is rated 7.8, while IBM Tivoli CDP for Files is rated 9.0. 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 Tivoli CDP for Files writes "Restoration and infrastructure are extremely reliable". IBM Spectrum Protect is most compared with IBM Spectrum Protect Plus, Veeam Backup & Replication, Commvault and Cohesity DataProtect, whereas IBM Tivoli CDP for Files is most compared with Veeam Backup & Replication.

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