We performed a comparison between IBM Spectrum Protect and Oracle Data Guard 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.
"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."
"It's very robust and has been on the market for a long time."
"Nothing beats this solution for file backup."
"Its flexibility is valuable. It is a very flexible solution. There are always more ways than one to do something. It is a software solution, which means you can buy your own hardware and expand it whenever you want. You are not boxed in or locked into something you've bought and outgrown. You can always expand it."
"Its incremental forever approach is valuable, so we don't have to load tapes to do a restore."
"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 backup is very good. In other backup systems, you need a lot of storage to gain the same backup policy."
"The solution can scale as needed."
"The most important feature is that if I want to test the database at the disaster recovery site, I can take a snapshot, test it, and then revert it back to the original state without needing to restore the complete database from the primary data center to the disaster recovery."
"It's a very good solution if you want to protect your data across two data centers, or you have a middle man or many administrators who use these solutions for protecting their data. It's very reliable compared to other solutions that are most often not storage-based."
"One of the most valuable features is real-time replication. The version we're using is reliable and easy to deploy."
"Backup and application continuity are most valuable."
"You can see how the logs are applied, check the apply time, and how far behind the standby is at any given time."
"This solution is not mature in terms of disaster recovery and could be improved."
"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."
"IBM's support hasn't been so good in the last few years."
"The software is complex; setup is complex."
"We need better protection from ransomware or the ability to identify ways we can protect ourselves from ransomware. Having backups is one thing, but specifically, we need methods to recover if we have a ransomware attack."
"Generally, the implementation of virtualization could be improved. The workflow service and so on are not working properly."
"It should have the ability to break down the data that's being backed up. It should have better reporting."
"In terms of features, they've got it all covered. The features they have are quite good. The only downside to it is that it is for an enterprise or big organization. In my opinion, it is not for a small business."
"Oracle could be improved by the ability to manage it on the cloud. This on-premises version is secure and reliable, but I'm sure that they will soon provide a cloud solution that will be even better. In one to two years, we will probably move to the cloud—we have already moved to the cloud with Microsoft Exchange, but our databases are still on-premises. I would prefer managing a cloud version of Oracle."
"Overall, there are some operational issues that need to be dealt with."
"They may need to include the monitoring and the alerting part in Data Guard."
"We would like to be able to see the date time stamp when you execute DGMGRL commands."
"The IP implementation and maintenance are a little bit hard to manage across Oracle solutions, including Oracle Data Guard."
"The usage of block storage devices in the cloud or migration of a type of storage from one site to another site can be improved. Currently, we have to use multi-node to single node because of the lack of storage support on the Azure side. It did not really work. Our DBA had to spend a lot of time tweaking the Data Guard tools, or the underlying Oracle VMs, to make sure that Data Guard would run on top of different types of storage. So, if it can support transporting or getting from one type of storage to another type of storage in a different site or a different technology, it would be very helpful."
Oracle Data Guard ensures high availability, data protection, and disaster recovery for enterprise data. Data Guard provides a comprehensive set of services that create, maintain, manage, and monitor one or more standby databases to enable production Oracle databases to survive disasters and data corruptions. Data Guard can be used with traditional backup, restoration, and cluster techniques to provide a high level of data protection and data availability.
IBM Spectrum Protect is ranked 11th in Backup and Recovery Software with 45 reviews while Oracle Data Guard is ranked 22nd in Backup and Recovery Software with 6 reviews. IBM Spectrum Protect is rated 7.8, while Oracle Data Guard is rated 7.6. 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 Oracle Data Guard writes "Very stable but difficult to implement and maintain". IBM Spectrum Protect is most compared with IBM Spectrum Protect Plus, Veeam Backup & Replication, Commvault Complete Data Protection, Cohesity DataProtect and Rubrik, whereas Oracle Data Guard is most compared with Veeam Backup & Replication, Zerto, Veritas NetBackup, Commvault Complete Data Protection and Acronis Backup. See our IBM Spectrum Protect vs. Oracle Data Guard report.
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