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We performed a comparison between IBM Spectrum Protect and NetApp SnapCenter 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. NetApp SnapCenter report (Updated: September 2022).
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Pros
"The addition of the retention set feature provides a reduction in storage costs. It also reduces RTO and RPO so that you can respond quickly to your clients and services in case of data loss.""Good deduplication and compression features.""IBM support is friendly, knowledgeable, and they always respond quickly. They've always been able to find the cause of my problem.""We've found the product to be quite stable and the performance is very good.""IBM Spectrum Protect is a scalable solution.""It is good in terms of functionality. My clients are very satisfied with this solution.""The business value comes from the capability to overcome data losses.""In general, the solution is quite user-friendly. The GUI is very nice."

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"Technical support has been very helpful when we have issues."

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Cons
"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.""The software is very complicated. You have to do a lot of configurations to build a server, and you would need to backup and restore.""There needs to be a bit more automation.""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.""This solution is not mature in terms of disaster recovery and could be improved.""The licensing isn't very clear. They should work to simply or clarify the cost structure.""The solution should have better integration with VMware and with IBM Spectrum Protect Plus.""The software is complex; setup is complex."

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"The UI, the User Interface, needs to be improved. It's not as clean or modern as it could be."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "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."
  • "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."
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    Questions from the Community
    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 »
    Top Answer:Technical support has been very helpful when we have issues.
    Top Answer:We use the solution for free. The price couldn't be any lower for us. We have no complaints in that regard.
    Top Answer:The usability of the solution could be much better. It's something the solution could improve upon. The UI, the User Interface, needs to be improved. It's not as clean or modern as it could be. Some… more »
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    Also Known As
    IBM TSM, IBM Tivoli Storage Manager
    SnapCenter
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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.

    Unified, scalable platform for application-consistent data protection and clone management. This software simplifies backup, restore, and clone lifecycle management with application-integrated workflows.

    Offer
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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
    All for One Steeb AG, Accenture
    Top Industries
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    Healthcare Company15%
    Financial Services Firm14%
    Computer Software Company9%
    Insurance Company8%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company22%
    Comms Service Provider15%
    Financial Services Firm10%
    Government8%
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    Pharma/Biotech Company17%
    Computer Software Company17%
    Healthcare Company17%
    Integrator8%
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    Manufacturing Company18%
    Computer Software Company17%
    Comms Service Provider12%
    Government8%
    Company Size
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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 Business38%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise48%
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    Small Business16%
    Midsize Enterprise12%
    Large Enterprise72%
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    IBM Spectrum Protect is ranked 10th in Backup and Recovery Software with 42 reviews while NetApp SnapCenter is ranked 41st in Backup and Recovery Software with 1 review. IBM Spectrum Protect is rated 7.8, while NetApp SnapCenter is rated 8.0. 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 NetApp SnapCenter writes "Free to use with good stability and very good technical support". 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 NetApp SnapCenter is most compared with Cohesity DataProtect, Veeam Backup & Replication, Commvault Complete Data Protection, Rubrik and Zerto.

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