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We performed a comparison between Dell PowerProtect DD (Data Domain) and IBM Spectrum Protect based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two Deduplication Software solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.

To learn more, read our detailed Dell PowerProtect DD (Data Domain) vs. IBM Spectrum Protect report (Updated: September 2022).
634,590 professionals have used our research since 2012.
Q&A Highlights
Question: What is the biggest difference between Dell EMC Data Domain and IBM Spectrum Protect?
Answer: IBM Spectrum Protect is a "Backup and Recovery" product, while Dell EMC Data Domain is the backup *storage* appliance. They have their respective market. Though I must say that DD is the leader, while SP is a struggling product.. i.e there is no comparision.
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Pros
"It is a stable solution.""It's very competitive in terms of the price and technology. Also, the development team continuously makes updates. The data reduction feature is very useful.""I find the data to be most valuable.""The stability is excellent.""We are very satisfied with this solution. It's easy to use and efficient.""The features that I have found most valuable with Dell EMC PowerProtect DD are its deduplication feature and its DD Boost protocol for fast transfer, which is amazing.""The most important feature is the level of data compression provided by Dell EMC. It's a leader in data compression and deduplication, and the level of compression isn't available with any other vendors in the market.""The most valuable feature is the inline data deduplication."

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"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.""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.""Good user interface.""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.""One way they have improved our organization is through the stability of the solution and the availability of the product.""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.""Their GUI has improved quite a bit. It's made the solution a lot simpler and less complex.""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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Cons
"The price could be a little cheaper than it is now.""The price of the product is high.""They still have hardware different from the software.""The size and scale of the product are limited and could be improved.""We have some problems with backing up on the Power Platform. PowerServer is an IBM product, and it forces us to back up over LAN, which is not suitable for us.""Its management can be improved.""First-time integrations are difficult in NetWorker. NetWorker software needs to be simplified. It's very complex.""It can probably have integration with other OEMs. It should also have more features for ransomware protection."

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"It would be helpful if the solution included some sort of ransomware protection.""They can include more cloud-enriching features. I would like IBM Spectrum Protect to have the functionality for backing up a VM directly in Azure. I would like to be able to back up a VM directly in Azure without spinning up a Hyper-V cluster and backing up the virtual server.""I need two separate solutions for virtual and physical systems. I need IBM Spectrum Protect Plus for virtual systems and Spectrum Protect for physical systems and that's a pain. It would be an improvement if they were combined.""It's difficult in terms of the configuration at set up. In our case, it required another admin, one person dedicated to the backup.""When it comes to virtualization in IBM it's not perfect.""I find the solution somewhat difficult to use with virtual environments or VMware.""It should have the ability to break down the data that's being backed up. It should have better reporting.""Restoring massive files is a very time-consuming process."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "Its price is reasonable."
  • "It could be more competitively priced. Its licensing was for five years. Obviously, the support will get renewed at some stage, but that's it."
  • "The price is on the high side."
  • "Becoming more expensive."
  • "The solution is expensive. However, if you pay less you receive less, it is cost-effective."
  • "Pricing for this product could still be improved, though several years ago, its price was very high. When buying an IDPA product such as Dell EMC PowerProtect DD (Data Domain), you don't have to buy anything else, because you'll have an integrated solution: a data domain appliance plus software."
  • "The price of Dell EMC PowerProtect DD could improve, it is expensive."
  • "The price of the backup appliance is slightly expensive. Compared to other vendors, the pricing will be slightly higher."
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  • "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."
  • "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."
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    Answers from the Community
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    Sergey Gavrilov - PeerSpot reviewerSergey Gavrilov
    User

    The biggest difference is that Data Domain is an appliance storage system (SW + HW storage) but Spectrum is a software (licenses) solution only.

    Zdzislaw Jideck Chobot 霍博特 - चोबोट - PeerSpot reviewerZdzislaw Jideck Chobot 霍博特 - चोबोट
    Real User

    In my opinion DD have better compression/dedup and also good aggregated replication speed, however it lack all functionality which is provided SP! Also as a hardware based solution we struggle with scaling up DD ! Comparison is not entirely possible since these are completely different purpose and usage ! In the environment we use DD as a disc storage for staging SP made backups!

    Piotr Piotrowski - PeerSpot reviewerPiotr Piotrowski
    User

    DD is deduplication target while IBM Spectrum protect is brand new name for and old and creepy TSM
    The biggest difference is that you will not create complementary backup solution with DD only, you need some kind of backup software to do it for you.
    TSM (or IBM Spectrum protect) can write backups to DD.

    Marcos Corbani - PeerSpot reviewerMarcos Corbani
    Real User

    I would say to you that the two solutions are complementary, work harmoniously without any problem.

    NeilMistry - PeerSpot reviewerNeilMistry
    Real User

    Thanks for reaching out.

    EMC Data Domain has an ecosystem for data management supporting several protocols and day structures. Best deduplication rate I have ever seen, full integration with RMAN for Oracle and VTL architecture and integration. The holistic view of data management and easy to deploy plus apply SLA and retention policies.

    Also, it’s fast very fast! The platform is expensive and maintenance is not cheap so a client needs to prepare for this both capitally and operationally. The Platform can support other software not just their own Networker software, so very flexible.

    IBM has lost market share in this space and as per clients feedback and Gartner, IBM is NOT a leader or visionary in this space.m

    Coenie Rossouw - PeerSpot reviewerCoenie Rossouw
    Real User

    I would look at the way they dedup. DataDomain uses variable-length deduplication so they are very effective. I do not know anything about the IBM product, but we have dealt with IBM and in my opinion, the difference that is going to make the biggest impact is the way they sell TCO. EMC almost negatively impacts themselves by giving a more realistic and often more expensive quote, where IBM gives a seemingly cheaper solution, but later on, it works out more.

    NeilMistry - PeerSpot reviewerNeilMistry
    Real User

    EMC Data Domain has an ecosystem for data management supporting several protocols and day structures. Best deduplication rate I have ever seen, full integration with RMAN for Oracle and VTL architecture and integration. The holistic view of data management and easy to deploy plus apply SLA and retention policies.

    Also, it’s fast very fast! The platform is expensive and maintenance is not cheap so a client needs to prepare for this both capitally and operationally. The Platform can support other software not just their own Networker software, so very flexible.

    IBM has lost market share in this space and as per clients feedback and Gartner, IBM is NOT a leader or visionary in this space in my opinion. EMC DD has also evolved to challenge the HCI players with their own IDPA (Integrated Data Protection Appliance).

    All clients should look for:

    - simplicity
    - public cloud integration
    - S3 and other relevant protocol integrations
    - Native ransomware protection
    - Ease of operations
    - Cost reduction
    - Hyper Visor agnostic approach plus containerization integration

    Pawel Augustyn - PeerSpot reviewerPawel Augustyn
    Real User

    I don't have experience with IBM Spectrum Protect, but I do have experience with Data Domain.

    I would recommend it. It's very stable, has high performance, and the highest deduplication engine.

    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:IBM Spectrum Protect is a "Backup and Recovery" product, while Dell EMC Data Domain is the backup *storage* appliance. They have their respective market. Though I must say that DD is the leader,… more »
    Top Answer:The scalability of IBM Spectrum Protect is good.
    Top Answer:The price of IBM Spectrum Protect is expensive and there is only a standard licensing fee.
    Top Answer:I need two separate solutions for virtual and physical systems. I need IBM Spectrum Protect Plus for virtual systems and Spectrum Protect for physical systems and that's a pain. It would be an… more »
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    Also Known As
    DataDomain, Dell EMC Data Domain, PowerProtect Data Domain
    IBM TSM, IBM Tivoli Storage Manager
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    Overview

    DD series enables your organization to protect, manage and recover data at scale. As the next generation of Dell Data Domain appliances, DD series sets the bar for efficient data management from edge to core to cloud and includes the ecosystem support and comprehensive data protection that customers have come to appreciate from Data Domain. The DD series offers a super-fast, secure, and an efficient solution that is built for multi-cloud data protection and to keep up with future demands. The DD series consists of the DD9900, DD9400, DD6900, DD6400, DD3300, and a software-defined option, PowerProtect DD Virtual Edition (DDVE).

    DD series empowers organizations to protect, manage and recover data at scale across their entire diverse ecosystems. DD series provides broad ecosystem support, efficiency, powerful data protection, cloud-enabled capabilities, and the cyber resiliency that our customers demand.

    The DD Operating System (DDOS) is the brilliance that drives the DD series. DDOS contributes the agility, security, and reliability that pushes DD series to deliver high-speed, scalable, and standard-setting protection storage for backup, archive, and disaster recovery. DDOS integrates seamlessly with many existing infrastructures, permitting ease-of-use with leading backup and archiving applications, and provides superior performance in conjunction with Dell PowerProtect Data Manager and Data Protection Suite. When you decide to purchase a new DD series appliance you can easily consume DDOS as a subscription providing greater flexibility for deployment while minimizing your overall upfront costs.

    DD series does a great job to minimize the threat of data loss and adds to the value of protected data while meeting ever-increasing demands of SLAs and increasing ROI. DDOS drives DD series to deliver up to 38% faster backups and up to 45% faster restores at significantly higher compression levels.

    DD series supports high availability within the single rack. Additionally, DD series can greatly reduce the total cost of ownership (TCO) by minimizing downtime in the unlikely event of a hardware failure. DD series delivers amazing high-speed networking connectivity with support for 25GbE and 100GbE network adapters.

    Benefits of Dell PowerProtect DD

    Fast, secure, efficient data protection:

    • Provide 1.5PB usable capacity in a single rack
    • Allow for Up to 3PB capacity for long-term retention
    • Logical capacity is increased by up to 30% per TB when compared to the previous generation
    • Allow for instant access and instant restore of up to 64VMs and 100k IOPS
    • High-speed network connectivity – 10GbE, 25GbE and 100GbE
    • Seamless fast integration and outstanding performance with PowerProtect Data Manager and Data Protection Suite
    • Supports many of the leading enterprise backup and archive applications

    Industry-leading multi-cloud protection:

    • Provides software-defined protection storage on-premises and in-cloud with PowerProtect DD Virtual Edition (DDVE).
    • DDVE scales up to 256TB in-cloud (AWS, Azure, Google Cloud, and others).
    • Greatly improves in-cloud restore performance by as much as 10x when compared to previous versions.
    • Cloud Tier delivers super simple and value-added long-term retention to public, private, or hybrid clouds
    • Cost-efficient disaster recovery to the cloud

    Operational simplicity:

    • Enhanced DD System Manager supports a complete chassis view
    • Significantly lower administrative costs
    • Grants a single point of management for all DD series by PowerProtect DD Management Center
    • Deploy Smart Scale for PowerProtect appliances directly from PowerProtect DD Management Center. Smart Scale helps drive down management complexities while increasing storage efficiencies. 

    Reviews from Real Users

    One user, who is an enterprise IT architect at a tech service company, says that “Dell PowerProtect DD is highly stable and reliable. I have not had a time when the system did not work and in an emergency this is critical.” He rates the ROI it has brought his company a five out of five.

    A pre-sales and technical manager at a tech services company says that "The features that I have found most valuable with Dell PowerProtect DD are its deduplication feature and its DD Boost protocol for fast transfer, which is amazing."

    Chris C., lead infrastructure architect at ThinkON, relates that Dell PowerProtect DD “allows our organization to send more data to this device compared to others. It also allows us a fast recovery of files or Virtual Machines if needed being on-premise.”

    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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    The US Army, City of Houston, Lloyds TSB, TiVo, Teck, Ingram Entertainment, The New York Mets
    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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    Dell PowerProtect DD (Data Domain) is ranked 1st in Deduplication Software with 24 reviews while IBM Spectrum Protect is ranked 10th in Backup and Recovery Software with 45 reviews. Dell PowerProtect DD (Data Domain) is rated 8.8, while IBM Spectrum Protect is rated 7.8. The top reviewer of Dell PowerProtect DD (Data Domain) writes "Stable and easy to scale suite of deduplication, backup, data protection, and storage solutions". 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". Dell PowerProtect DD (Data Domain) is most compared with HPE StoreOnce, Veeam Backup & Replication, Rubrik, ExaGrid EX Series and Veritas NetBackup Appliance, whereas IBM Spectrum Protect is most compared with IBM Spectrum Protect Plus, Veeam Backup & Replication, Commvault Complete Data Protection, Cohesity DataProtect and Rubrik.

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