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"The most valuable feature of this solution is the centralized enterprise backup.""The scalability of IBM Spectrum Protect is good.""The backup is very good. In other backup systems, you need a lot of storage to gain the same backup policy.""IBM Spectrum Protect is a scalable solution.""The solution is really scalable.""The solution is mostly stable.""It is a very good and mature enterprise product. Once it is set up and everything is put in, you don't have to manage it. It actually runs automatically by itself.""The feature we have found most valuable is when you want to integrate it with a Tape Library and then do the DRM life cycle. That is when it works the best."

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"The restoration and infrastructure is extremely reliable."

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Cons
"The initial setup is complex.""I want a better user interface, support, and integrations.""It does what we need it to do, but it could be better with VM backups. It could be better integrated with virtual machines or VM backups, but that's why they have their Plus out now. Plus version is more geared toward VM backups. The regular version is more for endpoint clients.""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.""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.""When it comes to virtualization in IBM it's not perfect.""IBM's support hasn't been so good in the last few years.""The licensing isn't very clear. They should work to simply or clarify the cost structure."

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"We would like to have the opportunity to omit data from being backed up. For example, we have three virtual machines, each with three disks. When running the backup, it will automatically take each disk rather than allowing us to select what data we want backed."

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  • "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."
  • "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."
  • "When compared to the cost of other enterprise products, it seems to be in the same range. However, compared to the cost of non-enterprise products, it is really high."
  • "We are paying for support and maintenance on a monthly basis."
  • "That's a hard estimate. It depends on the licensing, the hardware, and other stuff, but it is fairly expensive. It is generally more expensive than other solutions."
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  • "It's expensive, but it's worth for it due to the volume of critical information within our database. We are currently paying about $22,000 per year."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:The price of IBM Spectrum Protect is expensive and there is only a standard licensing fee.
    Top Answer:IBM Spectrum Protect is used for the physical server databases.
    Top Answer:The scalability of IBM Spectrum Protect is good.
    Top Answer:The restoration and infrastructure is extremely reliable.
    Top Answer:It's expensive, but it's worth it due to the volume of critical information within our database. We are currently paying about $22,000 per year.
    Top Answer:We would like to have the opportunity to omit data from being backed up. For example, we have three virtual machines, each with three disks. When running the backup, it will automatically take each… more »
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    Also Known As
    IBM TSM, IBM Tivoli Storage Manager
    Tivoli CDP for Files
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    Overview
    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.
    IBM Tivoli Continuous Data Protection for Files is a continuous backup software that protects your most important files. This real-time, continuous data protection solution for file servers and user endpoints automatically backs up your most critical files the moment they are saved.
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    Sample Customers
    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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    Healthcare Company15%
    Financial Services Firm14%
    Computer Software Company9%
    Insurance Company8%
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    Computer Software Company21%
    Comms Service Provider13%
    Financial Services Firm10%
    Government8%
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    Comms Service Provider21%
    Computer Software Company14%
    Insurance Company8%
    Financial Services Firm8%
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    Small Business31%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise53%
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    Small Business20%
    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise63%
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    Small Business20%
    Midsize Enterprise22%
    Large Enterprise58%
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    IBM Spectrum Protect is ranked 11th in Backup and Recovery Software with 40 reviews while IBM Tivoli CDP for Files is ranked 37th in Backup and Recovery Software with 1 review. IBM Spectrum Protect is rated 7.8, while IBM Tivoli CDP for Files is rated 9.0. The top reviewer of IBM Spectrum Protect writes "Provides us with the scalability and growth that we need". On the other hand, the top reviewer of IBM Tivoli CDP for Files writes "Restoration and infrastructure are extremely reliable". IBM Spectrum Protect is most compared with IBM Spectrum Protect Plus, Veeam Backup & Replication, Commvault Complete Data Protection, Cohesity DataProtect and Rubrik, whereas IBM Tivoli CDP for Files is most compared with .

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