We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
"The most valuable feature of this solution is the centralized enterprise backup."
"The customization and the ability to backup across all platforms are the most valuable features."
"Nothing beats this solution for file backup."
"We have been using it for several years, and it is quite reliable and predictable. We are quite comfortable with this solution. They're coming up with new features as well. It has good scalability, and it provides good integrations with business-critical applications or databases, such as SAP HANA. It works as expected, and we don't see any issues."
"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 interface is easy to use."
"It's very robust and has been on the market for a long time."
"Instead of taking three different backups of your systems, you're taking only one. You're able to crack that open and get what you need. The incident recovery, where it creates the VM and then you're running it, technically you're running it on Spectrum Protect. But then in the background, it's doing the storage motion and moving it off the Spectrum Protect back to your VMware environment. The users don't know the difference."
"I am not a direct user of this product, but my technical guys tell me that they like the product, and it is easy to use. We don't have any issues with it."
"Strong performance with a high level of compatibility."
"I like that the solution is very simple to install."
"Features with the most value are Instant VM Recovery, SQL Explorer and Exchange Explorer."
"The most valuable feature is the continuous backup."
"Its simplicity and the fact that it just works are most valuable. We kind of set it up and generally forget about it. It does what we need it to do in the background, and it doesn't involve a lot of management."
"We have evaluated other solutions but Veeam is the best for virtualization."
"In terms of most valuable features, we are mostly using the Cloud Connect feature. It is flexible because you can use it on-prem and on cloud."
"Its management part can be better and simplified. It is kind of a beast as compared to Commvault or Veeam, but they are more user-friendly. They are also easier to learn, whereas Spectrum Protect definitely takes time. They should simplify it. Our teams are pretty comfortable with it because we have been using it for a long time, but from the perspective of a new user who is evaluating or using this solution, it is definitely more complex in terms of manageability. Its monitoring could be improved so that it can even monitor the jobs that are scheduled by external schedulers. There are situations where a database team might decide to use their own schedulers, but currently, Spectrum Protect is not able to catch those jobs in the Operation Manager console."
"Restoring massive files is a very time-consuming process."
"It's difficult in terms of the configuration at set up. In our case, it required another admin, one person dedicated to the backup."
"The software is very complicated. You have to do a lot of configurations to build a server, and you would need to backup and restore."
"There needs to be a bit more automation."
"It should have the ability to break down the data that's being backed up. It should have better reporting."
"The solution could be more user-friendly and provide better monitoring. The monitoring should be improved first since it is a higher priority."
"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 a great product, but only if you have everything virtualized."
"The price can be better."
"I cannot recall coming across any features that were lacking."
"It would be ideal if they could capture everything and then timestamp and back up everything up to that timestamp."
"They fixed everything that I was hoping for. It is pretty good. There were a few things in 9.x that I was wishing for, and they came true in version 10. We were looking for retention without having to make a copy job. We're getting ready to migrate m365 to the cloud. I haven't dived into it to make sure, but I wish the m365 backup would integrate into the current console so that we don't have to use two different consoles."
"I prefer a software backup solution that allows me to easily define my origin data, including data files, folders, and virtual machines."
"It would be nice if it could be integrated with third-party solutions like ours. It has been supporting just Windows and virtual machines."
"I only ever found one error. It was when we were doing a file copy job. After using it for ten minutes, it would slow down and cause a bottleneck error."
"I don't have an idea about the pricing. They send that over to someone else, but I know that one of the issues they had was the licensing costs. I don't think they were happy with how they were charged."
"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."
"Its licensing is complex, and its price is not really reasonable. It is on the expensive side. IBM, in general, is slightly expensive, but with IBM Spectrum for the virtual environment, they are looking into the aspect of helping customers with the cost and providing a cost-effective solution."
"The pricing model of this solution is another difficult area, it's very sophisticated in the way they charge. It's based on PBU, which is a type of processor, how, many processors, and you need to put everything into an equation. However, they have different ways of charging or licensing. One way is a back-end volume or front-end volume, which is quite complicated."
"It is really expensive. Its price is not good for Latin America. Its price is good for the United States or Europe."
"We are paying for support and maintenance on a monthly basis."
"The solution is expensive."
"IBM provides an open license policy, which is more like a gentlemen's agreement."
"We purchase a license annually."
"Its software solution has a fee."
"The price of Veeam Backup & Replication is reasonable compared to IBM."
"The price of Veeam Backup and Replication is expensive."
"I understand from management that the DR component is too expensive."
"It's expensive and costs about 4000 a year."
"Veeam is more reasonably priced than some competing products."
"When I did a tech refresh, we took out a subscription for the coming five years."
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IBM Spectrum Protect is ranked 11th in Backup and Recovery Software with 37 reviews while Veeam Backup & Replication is ranked 1st in Backup and Recovery Software with 88 reviews. IBM Spectrum Protect is rated 7.8, while Veeam Backup & Replication is rated 8.6. 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 Veeam Backup & Replication writes "Reliable, affordable and user friendly". IBM Spectrum Protect is most compared with IBM Spectrum Protect Plus, Commvault, Azure Backup, Cohesity DataProtect and Rubrik, whereas Veeam Backup & Replication is most compared with Rubrik, Nakivo, Commvault, Cohesity DataProtect and Arcserve UDP. See our IBM Spectrum Protect vs. Veeam Backup & Replication report.
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