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IBM Spectrum Protect vs. Quest NetVault
July 2022
Find out what your peers are saying about IBM Spectrum Protect vs. Quest NetVault and other solutions. Updated: July 2022.
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"Support of the IBM X platform and the backup data replication to DR are the most valuable features.""We have been using it for several years, and it is quite reliable and predictable. We are quite comfortable with this solution. They're coming up with new features as well. It has good scalability, and it provides good integrations with business-critical applications or databases, such as SAP HANA. It works as expected, and we don't see any issues.""The licensing isn't very clear. They should work to simply or clarify the cost structure.""Its incremental forever approach is valuable, so we don't have to load tapes to do a restore.""Spectrum Protect's best feature is that I can use it practically anywhere, on any platform, and for any servers or clients.""It is good in terms of functionality. My clients are very satisfied with this solution.""The customization and the ability to backup across all platforms are the most valuable features.""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."

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"Its dashboard is quite well done. When you log into the GUI, you can basically see everything you need to know. There is also the possibility to edit the view as you like, which is great.""The interface is very user-friendly.""Having the web-based interface is important to us because we can access it from any computer in the network, rather than having it installed and available for use only on a specific one."

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"It would be helpful if the solution included some sort of ransomware protection.""This solution is not mature in terms of disaster recovery and could be improved.""An area for improvement would be the ease of use - the GUI is not up to the mark compared to other products in the market.""IBM Spectrum Protect does have a lot of the features that we need, but I think they need to improve their backup virtualization and backup for container.""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.""They should introduce more features for virtualization platforms and backing up IBMs. Backup speeds should also be improved.""They took some of the funding off of it for a while. Therefore, instead of being a market leader, they took their position for granted. Then some competitors developed new bells and whistles that they advertise, and due to that lag a few years ago, there are not the resources to explain the differences.""It has a lot of areas for improvement. Its reporting for job completion or incompletion can be improved. It should also provide a granular recovery, ease of operation, data life cycle management, and media management. It should support a backup in such a format that in case of a disaster, one can start the virtual machine out of the backup itself. Its reliability can also be better. It is also expensive, and their support is also poor."

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"In the next version, I would like to see support for the MongoDB database. As it is now, there is no component that works with it and we cannot back the data up using NetVault.""There are certain issues with the product that we report to Quest, and we get offered a workaround instead of a fix. There could be better interaction with the development teams, perhaps in terms of transparency.""There are command-line limitations. There is not a very strong possibility to work with the command line. The commands that are there are not that powerful, and you need to be very good at scripting, for example, in PowerShell or in Bash in case it is running on Linux systems. You need to combine a lot of commands together, and still, you will not get a great output that is presentable to others. You cannot work with it as easily."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "The licensing fees are between $8,000 and $10,000 per year."
  • "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."
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  • "The price of our 12-month contract is approximately $1,500 AUD ($1,100 USD)."
  • "When we purchased four licenses, we were given a very good price. However, it is still on the high side when compared to some other vendors."
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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:We are talking about a stable solution which boasts good performance and security.
    Top Answer:I am not in a position to comment on the licensing terms, as this is handled by the central team.
    Top Answer:The interface is very user-friendly.
    Top Answer:In the next version, I would like to see support for the MongoDB database. As it is now, there is no component that works with it and we cannot back the data up using NetVault.
    Top Answer:We have a hybrid environment where we are using Nutanix Xi for virtualization and virtual servers. We are performing backups of all of the servers using Quest NetVault.
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    Also Known As
    IBM TSM, IBM Tivoli Storage Manager
    NetVault Backup, Quest NetVault, Quest NetVault Backup
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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.

    Cloud-ready data recovery software for the hybrid data center. Protect your applications and data on-premises and in the cloud — from one intuitive console — with this scalable data backup and recovery software. NetVault® by Quest supports multiple server and application platforms in both physical and virtual environments. That means you can ensure continuous availability of your business-critical systems, applications and data.

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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
    intel, Mars, MERK, Microsoft, Uber, Visa
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    Healthcare Company16%
    Financial Services Firm14%
    Insurance Company8%
    University8%
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    Computer Software Company27%
    Comms Service Provider21%
    Financial Services Firm8%
    Government7%
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    Computer Software Company32%
    Comms Service Provider11%
    Government7%
    Manufacturing Company5%
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    Small Business32%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise56%
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    Large Enterprise71%
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    Buyer's Guide
    IBM Spectrum Protect vs. Quest NetVault
    July 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about IBM Spectrum Protect vs. Quest NetVault and other solutions. Updated: July 2022.
    620,068 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    IBM Spectrum Protect is ranked 11th in Backup and Recovery Software with 44 reviews while Quest NetVault is ranked 35th in Backup and Recovery Software with 3 reviews. IBM Spectrum Protect is rated 7.8, while Quest NetVault 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 Quest NetVault writes "A simple solution with a well-done dashboard, but there are command-line limitations and it needs better reporting and scheduling". IBM Spectrum Protect is most compared with IBM Spectrum Protect Plus, Veeam Backup & Replication, Commvault Complete Data Protection, Cohesity DataProtect and Rubrik, whereas Quest NetVault is most compared with Veeam Backup & Replication, Quest Rapid Recovery, Commvault Complete Data Protection, Azure Backup and Veritas NetBackup. See our IBM Spectrum Protect vs. Quest NetVault report.

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