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IBM Spectrum Protect Primary Use Case

MT
Data Protection Specialist at a computer software company with 10,001+ employees

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.

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HM
Engineer at a tech services company with 1-10 employees

We're working with different versions of this solution. We have different versions deployed for multiple clients. The latest version is 8.1.11. We have a mixture of legacy environments and new environments.

Our client's use cases are mainly to protect heterogeneous workloads, virtualized workloads, physical workloads, databases, SAP solutions, and ERP solutions. It's great for large, heterogeneous environments. Spectrum Protect has a lot of different agents and components that allow you to completely backup your entire environment.

I am a technical team leader for this solution. I have an implementation team who work side by side with me. From the customer-side, there is a team of roughly six people working with it. There are administrators, backup operators, and technical managers that work with us and this solution. In total, the organization has roughly 6,000 employees. It's a large organization by Colombian standards. 

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TJ
Network Systems Analyst III at a retailer with 10,001+ employees

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.

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SA
Unix and Storage Administrator at a energy/utilities company with 10,001+ employees

Our primary use cases for IBM Spectrum Protect are for data backup and archive and high performance solutions.

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SL
AIX System Administration at a construction company with 1,001-5,000 employees

The solution is primarily used for backup and restore and also for DR, for Data Recovery in case of a disaster. We are using replication from two servers, the Spectrum Servers, so they replicate on each other. We are using it for backing up remote sites also. Basically, all the machines are downloading their backup to the Spectrum Server and from then on we are moving that data to tape units so we can have outside data of the building.

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MO
Senior Storage Architect at a computer software company with 201-500 employees

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

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IT Architect at CGI

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.

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JD
Spectrum Protect Specialist at a computer software company with 201-500 employees

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

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MA
Storage administrator at a university with 1,001-5,000 employees

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.

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HM
Engineer at a tech services company with 1-10 employees

I am a consultant and work with different IT technology including data protection solutions. We work with the legacy version of IBM Spectrum Protect from 6.x version all the way to the latest version, 8.1.12.

I have implemented Spectrum Protect for organizations as big as 1,500 users and others that are small workgroups of 40 or 50 people.

Spectrum Protect is used for protecting virtualized workloads. It also allows you to protect traditional workloads such as physical machines and physical servers. It is well suited for storing data to tape.

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KB
Systems Architect at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees

We have customers and retailers who have been using IBM Spectrum Protect for many, many years, so all our sales over the last five years have been renewable sales. I'm a reseller and partner, so I provide this solution. This solution is deployed on-premises. 

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GB
Manager - Storage & Backup at a pharma/biotech company with 10,001+ employees

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

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PC
IT Analyst at a educational organization with 5,001-10,000 employees

I'm an IT analyst and we are customers of IBM.

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SL
AIX System Administration at a construction company with 1,001-5,000 employees

We are using it for backup and restoration. We also have agents for Oracle. Unfortunately, we are not using it for virtual restoration, like VMware. That part is controlled or set up inside the Veeam software.

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Lead Engineer Storage at a computer software company with 201-500 employees

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

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MS
Business consultant at a tech services company with 11-50 employees

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.

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HS
Manager at a university with 10,001+ employees

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

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PK
Storage Administrator at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees

We use this solution to monitor our backup tasks and to manage our backup. It also does retention on archives.

We use it for all of our backups.

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Backup Administrator at a insurance company with 5,001-10,000 employees

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.

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RN
Director of Storage Services at a legal firm with 5,001-10,000 employees

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

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Director at Q Pro Solutions

We are using it for backing up corporate data.

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AA
Co-Founder -Technical Director at a tech services company with 11-50 employees

I used IBM Spectrum Protect for backups and archiving.

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Service Director at scsi co.,ltd

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

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TE
CTO at a educational organization with 5,001-10,000 employees

The whole product is for doing backups, and it's a reliable tool. Everything stored can be retrieved. We have databases and virtual data storing systems we are covering, but the vast majority is what the backup guys call unstructured data. So we do direct backups from various flavors of file service.

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Sr. Pre-Sales Engineer at Advanced Technology Company

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. 

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AS
Unique Storage and Backup Engineer at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees

We use IBM Spectrum Protect as a backup solution. We do so with robots, each pair robot, making use of the LCO tapes. 

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AL
IT Infrastructure and Architecture Manager at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees

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. 

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IBM Product & Technical Sales Specialist at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees

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

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RL
Architecte Technique at a retailer with 10,001+ employees

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.

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KV
IT Infrastructure Engineer at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees

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.

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AT
Sr. Consultant, pSeries & Open Systems at Glasshouse Systems

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.

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DJ
Director at Magnamious Systems Pvt. Ltd.

We use it for backup.

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MA
manager technique at a consumer goods company with 10,001+ employees

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

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VN
Network Administrator at a government with 51-200 employees

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

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Storage Consultant at E-Storage

We are using a specific version of the solution, ten something. 

We use it to increase our recovery capabilities. 

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Head of Cloud & Systems at Abraxas Informatik AG

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

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NR
Technology Analyst at a government with 1,001-5,000 employees

I am using it for standard data protection, backup recovery, and disaster recovery.

I am using its most recent version.

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Senior System Engineer at Generali

Our primary use case is for Windows machines and SQL servers. I'm a senior systems engineer and we are customers of IBM.

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AH
Sr Systems engineer at a energy/utilities company with 10,001+ employees

Our primary use case for IBM Spectrum Protect is backup. 

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Learn what your peers think about IBM Spectrum Protect. Get advice and tips from experienced pros sharing their opinions. Updated: January 2022.
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