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IBM Spectrum Protect Pros

MT
Data Protection Specialist at a computer software company with 10,001+ employees
The backup of Sybase databases is the most valuable feature in the existing environment. They have got the most documentation out there on the internet for its software protection. The documentation is excellent, and there are a lot of blogs, websites. Because it's still one of the oldest products out there for data protection, there are also lots of people who have a lot of experience in using this solution.
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HM
Engineer at a tech services company with 1-10 employees
It's very robust and has been on the market for a long time.
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TJ
Network Systems Analyst III at a retailer with 10,001+ employees
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.
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SA
Unix and Storage Administrator at a energy/utilities company with 10,001+ employees
One way they have improved our organization is through the stability of the solution and the availability of the product.
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SL
AIX System Administration at a construction company with 1,001-5,000 employees
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.
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MO
Senior Storage Architect at a computer software company with 201-500 employees
Their GUI has improved quite a bit. It's made the solution a lot simpler and less complex.
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IT Architect at CGI
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.
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JD
Spectrum Protect Specialist at a computer software company with 201-500 employees
The solution offers very good flexibility.
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MA
Storage administrator at a university with 1,001-5,000 employees
The MN backup for a cluster is most valuable because it has made backing up the GSF as a zero-file system easier. I like its stability a lot. Over the years, I very rarely had a problem with it.
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KB
Systems Architect at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
In the past, one of the most valuable features, and the biggest advantage, was the incremental forever feature. Not many other backup vendors provided that. In the pre-virtualization environment, it was very robust and simple technology, especially writing to tape.
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IBM Spectrum Protect Cons

MT
Data Protection Specialist at a computer software company with 10,001+ employees
It is not easy to manage like other products in the market. It is okay only if you are command-line driven. Even though the operation center is there, it doesn't provide a single view of everything. You have to, for example, use TSMManager on top of it, which gives you a far better management capability, but it is a third-party product. Its management needs to be improved. There should be an HTML or graphical interface. It is a very difficult product. For example, you have a backup policy where you want a daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly policy standard. It is an old kind of system where you have to keep retention for daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly backups, which is very difficult in IBM Spectrum Protect. In other products, in a matter of five minutes, you can configure such a policy. In TSM, it takes you one, two, or three days because you need to configure a node for each of them. If you have 250 nodes, you have to configure each node for daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly retention. If you have 1,000 nodes, it is going to take you ages just to configure and register the nodes. You need to configure the schedule and the CAD daemons or services, depending on whether it is a Unix or Windows OS. Unfortunately, it is a very long and drawn-out process. You have to stop and start the services for changes to take effect. This is a very difficult part of TSM in IBM Spectrum Protect. To configure a backup policy, I should be able to select the daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly options in one screen and finish it. After that, everything should happen in the background. All the backup products in the market already do that, and they are very simple to manage. This particular part of this solution has really been a major pain area for us, and unfortunately, we could not find a workaround. There is nobody at IBM who can give us a way to configure all this easily through a GUI or even scripts.
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HM
Engineer at a tech services company with 1-10 employees
The reporting could be better.
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TJ
Network Systems Analyst III at a retailer with 10,001+ employees
Their support is lacking. I've talked to their developers and stuff in the last couple of weeks and they reassure me that some people have retired, and they're working on getting that bumped back up. But the support lacks a lot to be desired at this point.
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SA
Unix and Storage Administrator at a energy/utilities company with 10,001+ employees
IBM Spectrum Protect does have a lot of the features that we need, but I think they need to improve their backup virtualization and backup for container.
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SL
AIX System Administration at a construction company with 1,001-5,000 employees
It would be helpful if the solution included some sort of ransomware protection.
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MO
Senior Storage Architect at a computer software company with 201-500 employees
They took some of the funding off of it for a while. Therefore, instead of being a market leader, they took their position for granted. Then some competitors developed new bells and whistles that they advertise, and due to that lag a few years ago, there are not the resources to explain the differences.
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IT Architect at CGI
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.
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JD
Spectrum Protect Specialist at a computer software company with 201-500 employees
The solution needs to work on disaster recovery integration. Basically, VMware applications to the cloud, for example. There needs to be integration with the storage, and integration with VMware.
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MA
Storage administrator at a university with 1,001-5,000 employees
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.
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KB
Systems Architect at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees
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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Learn what your peers think about IBM Spectrum Protect. Get advice and tips from experienced pros sharing their opinions. Updated: January 2022.
563,327 professionals have used our research since 2012.