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Find out what your peers are saying about Azure Backup vs. IBM Spectrum Protect and other solutions. Updated: January 2022.
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Pros
"The best aspect of the solution is its backup functionality.""The feature that I have found the most valuable is that it is easy to create a backup by using Azure Backup. It also has a good user interface and nice features for sending notifications when any backup fails or there is a change in the status of virtual machines.""Azure Backup is good because it is entirely cloud-based, which means that you can be 99.9% sure that your backup is safe.""The MARS agent makes it easy to use.""The initial setup was very easy.""I like that it's a simple system.""I have no issues with the stability at all. So I don't necessarily care about the stability of the product. I look more at whether or not can I recover. And I haven't had a failed recovery yet. I've got no failed recoveries of all my years.""The fact that Azure Backup is integrated is one of its biggest advantages."

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"The customization and the ability to backup across all platforms are the most valuable features.""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.""The archiving feature is the most valuable aspect of the solution.""IBM Spectrum Protect offers stable software and products.""We like IBM Spectrum's versioning capabilities. It lets us specify how many versions of a file we want to keep and for how long. Also, the archive component of the software helps us a lot.""The business value comes from the capability to overcome data losses.""One way they have improved our organization is through the stability of the solution and the availability of the product.""Support of the IBM X platform and the backup data replication to DR are the most valuable features."

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Cons
"The time required to restore files should be a little faster.""To make it a ten, it should have the ability to extend the retention and to perform a copy of the data outside of the subscription - with no additional costs.""We would like to see some kind of notification given to the user that a file was not synchronized well or what may have happened.""The solution is quite technical. I wouldn't describe it as user friendly. It could be simplified a lot to make it more accessible to the average user.""In the next release, I would like to see the ability to back up to different cloud providers.""The monitoring and tagging features could be improved.""I once tried restoring a Linux environment, and the size of the Linux VM or the data disk was really huge. It took a really long time to restore the environment and send the data from the storage to the disk. It took around 25 to 30 minutes, which was much longer than I anticipated. They can improve the duration of such restore operations. In the next release, it would also be good if they could reduce the duration for transferring the data from their storage to the actual storage while creating a virtual machine. They can reduce the duration or increase the data transfer rate.""Technical support is in need of improvement."

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"It's difficult in terms of the configuration at set up. In our case, it required another admin, one person dedicated to the backup.""It would be helpful if the solution included some sort of ransomware protection.""In a future release, it would be a benefit to have the ability to add an application as a storage target, as a storage pool. Additionally, they should add more functionality to the administration for the Operation Center.""When it comes to virtualization in IBM it's not perfect.""The solution should have better integration with VMware and with IBM Spectrum Protect Plus.""The installation process could be simplified.""The initial setup is complex.""I think Spectrum Protect's interface is not so user-friendly, but the interface is not so friendly. Some of the functions are too complicated. I prefer a simpler solution."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "This is an expensive solution in the Bangladesh marketplace."
  • "We are paying about $100,000 USD per year, just for a couple of servers."
  • "The price is pretty good, maybe $30 for a machine, I can't complain."
  • "It is a bit costly initially, but it is well worth it in the long run, especially for fighting against a number of threats, such as ransomware, which the IT industry is facing."
  • "Price-wise, it's similar to AWS."
  • "The price is somewhat high and could be lower."
  • "Support payment works by the level of partnership and the number of shares."
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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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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer: 
    Veeam has a version for Azure but there are organizations, like ours, that are considering moving to an Azure environment and wonder if Azure Backup is better than Veeam Backup and Replication (Veeam… more »
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    I like that it's a simple system.
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    Price-wise, it's similar to AWS. It's always better to see a lower price.
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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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    IBM TSM, IBM Tivoli Storage Manager
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    Overview

    Azure Backup is a scalable backup solution with zero capital investment and minimal operational expenses that can help a company achieve maximal data protection. Azure Backup’s System Center Data Protection Manager provides optional integrations that can enable you to protect both advanced workloads running in your datacenter in VMs as well as those that are on physical servers.

    Azure Backup has many features that make it a most effective product. Included among these is its ability to easily scale up your storage capacity. It taps into the cloud to give you the ability to expand on a massive scale. This can be done without any monitoring or maintenance overhead.

    Benefits of Azure Backup

    Some of the benefits of using Azure Backup include:

    • The ability to control and track the performance of your network from a single centralized location. Azure Backup has a “single pane of glass” interface that enables users to monitor, operate, govern, and analyze their backups from one place. This eliminates any need to add additional management infrastructure. You can manage different workload types, subscriptions, vaults, and regions with Azure’s Backup Center.

    • A wide array of security features allows you to prevent malicious users from doing damage to the system, receive alerts if an unauthorized action takes place, and recover from any damage that results. Azure Backup has authentication requirements built in to protect vital functions, such as the ability to delete backed up data from unauthorized users. If something that impacts the backed up data takes place, users are immediately notified. Azure Backup saves any and all deleted backup data for two weeks. This enables administrators to use recovery points to recover their lost data.

    Reviews from Real Users

    There are a number of characteristics that make Azure Backup extremely effective. Two of these are the flexibility that it offers users and its overall effectiveness.

    PeerSpot user Ayman Y., an IT manager at NOMAC, notes all of the different backup options that Azure Backup offers. He writes, “It has many features. First of all, you can schedule a backup for the client as you like. You can do a backup from the whole virtual machine as an image. You can do a backup only from files and folders. It has every option. All options are available for the backup, for the restore, for the bandwidth utilization to do backups, even virtual machines or a physical machine. If you need to do a backup of the whole image from the virtual machine, all these options are there.”

    PeerSpot user Muzammil M., a senior operations engineer at the AlGosaibi Group, notes the effectiveness of Azure Backup when he writes, “Azure Backup is good because it is entirelycloud-based, which means that you can be 99.9% sure that your backup is safe. This is the reason that I suggest its use for companies that need to back up critical data.”

    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.
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    Sample Customers
    Russell Reynolds Associates, Somerset County Council, Kardem, PCL Construction
    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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    Computer Software Company25%
    Manufacturing Company25%
    Energy/Utilities Company25%
    Financial Services Firm25%
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    Computer Software Company30%
    Comms Service Provider18%
    Government8%
    Energy/Utilities Company5%
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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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    Small Business56%
    Midsize Enterprise28%
    Large Enterprise17%
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    Small Business31%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise56%
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    Small Business13%
    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise70%
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    Azure Backup is ranked 13th in Backup and Recovery Software with 16 reviews while IBM Spectrum Protect is ranked 11th in Backup and Recovery Software with 46 reviews. Azure Backup is rated 8.0, while IBM Spectrum Protect is rated 7.8. The top reviewer of Azure Backup writes "Secure, good connectivity, easy to scale, and gives our clients peace of mind". On the other hand, the top reviewer of IBM Spectrum Protect writes "Great stability, reliability, and scalability, but very difficult to manage and get support". Azure Backup is most compared with Veeam Backup & Replication, Commvault, Veritas NetBackup, Dell EMC NetWorker and Rubrik, whereas IBM Spectrum Protect is most compared with IBM Spectrum Protect Plus, Veeam Backup & Replication, Commvault, Cohesity DataProtect and Dell EMC PowerProtect DD (Data Domain). See our Azure Backup vs. IBM Spectrum Protect report.

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