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We performed a comparison between IBM Spectrum Protect and Micro Focus Data Protector based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

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

To learn more, read our detailed IBM Spectrum Protect vs. Micro Focus Data Protector report (Updated: September 2022).
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Pros
"The solution is really scalable.""In general, the solution is quite user-friendly. The GUI is very nice.""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.""We've found the product to be quite stable and the performance is very good.""IBM Spectrum Protect offers stable software and products.""The solution offers very good flexibility.""It's very robust and has been on the market for a long time.""IBM support is friendly, knowledgeable, and they always respond quickly. They've always been able to find the cause of my problem."

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"It works excellently only with Oracle.""What we find most valuable in Micro Focus Data Protector is that it provides Japanese data protection, for example, it protects information such as the full Japanese name, address, etc.""The normal file system backup is easy to manage, and our success rate is quite high.""If you have an idea of what you are doing, it's very flexible and very stable.""The most valuable feature of Data Protector is its integration with VMware. A lot of software these days integrates with VMware, and you can run some of these things on virtual machines. You can even have your backup manager running on a virtual machine and use physical managers to move data around. Their VMware integration isn't too bad, but Commvault has that feature, and many other backup products do.""The dashboards in Micro Focus Data Protector are very good. They are similar to the dashboards in Veeam Backup & Replication.""The command-line interface is user-friendly and well documented in the reference guide.""It is a traditional backup model. If you talk about file server and the official Windows database, it's a stable product."

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"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.""The reporting could be better.""They are behind on many things, especially security. They are catching up a little bit now, but the competitors are doing better security-wise. There should be malware detection and prevention and higher security.""It's difficult in terms of the configuration at set up. In our case, it required another admin, one person dedicated to the backup.""Restoring massive files is a very time-consuming process.""The most important feature which I wish to be added involves the GUI, the user interface.""The solution should have better integration with VMware and with IBM Spectrum Protect Plus.""The usability of IBM Spectrum Protect could be improved, specifically additional features to the product in the operations center. Additional reporting facilities and stronger reporting tools such as build dashboards would be beneficial."

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"I would like to see a better user interface in the next release.""This solution is not scalable.""In terms of what can be improved, I would say integrations with MongoDB. We use MongoDB and we need to go to scripts to do backups. We need more integrations.""We have a lot of requests for the Micro Focus team, particularly in terms of the Japanese data pattern, as it's not as good now. The Japanese data pattern accuracy of the Micro Focus Data Protector needs to be improved because there are a lot of false negatives and false positives. We are currently testing this and our product team has been communicating with the Micro Focus team.""Other tools seem to be easier to use.""VMware backup integration and cloud recovery is lacking.""The online backups of Office 365 have room for improvement. This is now available for the Exchange Online part of Office 365, but we're still waiting for SharePoint Online, Teams, etc. We know that it's coming, but it takes time.""I do not think that this solution is relevant in the current IT market. They have not upgraded their features and functionalities which makes it difficult for them to remain competitive."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "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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  • "The solution requires paying for a license."
  • "Our licensing is on a capacity basis."
  • "There is a perpetual license involved in addition to support which needs to be renewed annually."
  • "They have two types of licensing, one is for storage capacity and the other is client licensing. The capacity licensing here is a bit expensive."
  • "The pricing is acceptable for enterprise level companies, but it's not acceptable for small- and medium-sized businesses. Micro Focus Data Protector is not an enterprise level solution, and it should cover small- and medium-sized businesses with acceptable prices."
  • "Pricing for Micro Focus Data Protector is reasonable."
  • "We have many competitors who are pricing better, and we believe that our pricing is higher."
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    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:The most valuable features of this solution were the features we worked most with which were telemetry, and the scheduler.
    Top Answer:Pricing depends on the licensing. Again, because now we are just going through different licensing, going through premium licensing, where we used to just call it a traditional base, we used to even… more »
    Top Answer:We have so many specific technological cracks in Micro Focus, but we are not getting the features, facilities, or coordination between the global delivery centers and the R&D team that we need to… more »
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    Also Known As
    IBM TSM, IBM Tivoli Storage Manager
    Data Protector, OmniBack, HPE Data Protector
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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.

    Built on a unified architecture that leverages analytics and automation, Micro Focus Data Protector delivers comprehensive data protection, real-time intelligence, and guided optimization to ensure simple, reliable, intelligent and cost-effective backup and recovery that is just as agile as your current and future IT environments. By standardizing the backup and recovery of information spread across locations, applications, formats, storage platforms, operating systems, and hypervisors, Data Protector provides assurance for mission critical information from the core to the edge, across physical, virtual, and cloud infrastructures.

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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
    GSK Vaccines, Repsol, Vodafone Group, Siemens AG, Medium Enterprise Transportation Services Company
    Top Industries
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    Healthcare Company15%
    Financial Services Firm14%
    Computer Software Company9%
    Insurance Company8%
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    Computer Software Company22%
    Comms Service Provider15%
    Financial Services Firm10%
    Government8%
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    Manufacturing Company13%
    Financial Services Firm11%
    Comms Service Provider11%
    Healthcare Company8%
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    Computer Software Company26%
    Comms Service Provider17%
    Government8%
    Financial Services Firm6%
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    Small Business32%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise55%
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    Small Business19%
    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise63%
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    Small Business23%
    Midsize Enterprise21%
    Large Enterprise56%
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    Small Business22%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise61%
    Buyer's Guide
    IBM Spectrum Protect vs. Micro Focus Data Protector
    September 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about IBM Spectrum Protect vs. Micro Focus Data Protector and other solutions. Updated: September 2022.
    634,550 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    IBM Spectrum Protect is ranked 11th in Backup and Recovery Software with 45 reviews while Micro Focus Data Protector is ranked 21st in Backup and Recovery Software with 18 reviews. IBM Spectrum Protect is rated 7.8, while Micro Focus Data Protector is rated 6.8. The top reviewer of IBM Spectrum Protect writes "Great stability, reliability, and scalability, but very difficult to manage and get support". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Micro Focus Data Protector writes "User-friendly, competitive, agent-based, and easy to manage". IBM Spectrum Protect is most compared with IBM Spectrum Protect Plus, Veeam Backup & Replication, Commvault Complete Data Protection, Cohesity DataProtect and Dell PowerProtect DD (Data Domain), whereas Micro Focus Data Protector is most compared with Veeam Backup & Replication, HPE StoreOnce, Commvault Complete Data Protection, Zerto and Veritas NetBackup. See our IBM Spectrum Protect vs. Micro Focus Data Protector report.

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