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We performed a comparison between IBM Spectrum Protect and Unitrends 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. Unitrends report (Updated: September 2022).
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Pros
"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.""Good user interface.""You can scale the product.""IBM Spectrum Protect is a scalable solution.""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.""It is good in terms of functionality. My clients are very satisfied with this solution.""Nothing beats this solution for file backup.""Their GUI has improved quite a bit. It's made the solution a lot simpler and less complex."

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"It's not easy to scale it.""I really like the reporting options you get for various email reports.""I like the fact that you can recover the VMs inside the appliance. For example, they're basically running this appliance on a Linux-based distribution, and they're spinning off KVM virtual machines inside.""When we talk about a backup point of view, from a backup perspective, it's a good one.""When I have had to use tech support, they've been very good."

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Cons
"The reporting could be better.""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.""This solution is not mature in terms of disaster recovery and could be improved.""Replication of data could be more user friendly.""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.""IBM's support hasn't been so good in the last few years.""Its price can be better. It is very expensive. Its interface is very old and not user friendly. They can improve its interface. Their support can also be better. My clients are not very satisfied with the support because they are not really quick.""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."

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"It seems like Unitrends moved away from enterprise customer engagement and moved more towards the managed service provider market.""Comparing the features and the working pattern, definitely they have to come down on pricing if they want to compete in the market.""There's a lot that can be made better. For example, it could be more scalable.""I would like to see more storage options for the free version.""Probably the biggest issue I've had is actually paying for the unit, and part of that problem is that they use a third party for the billing."

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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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  • "With respect to cost, my advice is to get what you need."
  • "Their licensing depended on the number of CPUs you had."
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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:When we talk about a backup point of view, from a backup perspective, it's a good one.
    Top Answer:Their pricing is okay, however, they need to bring it down a bit to be more competitive.
    Top Answer:They are trying to follow Quorum for instant recovery and all those things, however, they have that feature only for Windows environments and not for Linux. The console is pretty complex. Comparing… more »
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    Also Known As
    IBM TSM, IBM Tivoli Storage Manager
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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.
    Unitrends increases uptime, productivity and confidence in a world in which IT professionals must do more with less. Unitrends leverages high-availability hardware and software engineering, cloud economics, enterprise power with consumer-grade design, and customer-obsessed support to natively provide all-in-one enterprise backup and continuity. The result is a “one throat to choke” set of offerings that allow our customers to focus on their business rather than backup.
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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
    NHL Players Association, Salvation Army, Sligro Food Group, Mason General Hospital, Tec Group, Saldab IT, Baker Tilly, Clinton Savings Bank, Ennit Magna Bank, Manukau Institute of Technology
    Top Industries
    REVIEWERS
    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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    Wireless Company14%
    Non Tech Company14%
    Government14%
    Wellness & Fitness Company9%
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    Computer Software Company20%
    Government9%
    Comms Service Provider9%
    Educational Organization6%
    Company Size
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business32%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise55%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business19%
    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise63%
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    Small Business38%
    Midsize Enterprise38%
    Large Enterprise24%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business33%
    Midsize Enterprise23%
    Large Enterprise44%
    Buyer's Guide
    IBM Spectrum Protect vs. Unitrends
    September 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about IBM Spectrum Protect vs. Unitrends 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 Unitrends is ranked 35th in Backup and Recovery Software with 5 reviews. IBM Spectrum Protect is rated 7.8, while Unitrends 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 Unitrends writes "Was the right choice at the time, but we moved on to a more cloud ready solution". IBM Spectrum Protect is most compared with IBM Spectrum Protect Plus, Veeam Backup & Replication, Commvault Complete Data Protection, Cohesity DataProtect and Rubrik, whereas Unitrends is most compared with Veeam Backup & Replication, Acronis Backup, Rubrik, Cohesity DataProtect and Zerto. See our IBM Spectrum Protect vs. Unitrends report.

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