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IBM Spectrum Protect vs. Veeam Backup & Replication
May 2022
Find out what your peers are saying about IBM Spectrum Protect vs. Veeam Backup & Replication and other solutions. Updated: May 2022.
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Pros
"I've had no problems with the stability of this solution.""Their GUI has improved quite a bit. It's made the solution a lot simpler and less complex.""The customization and the ability to backup across all platforms are the most valuable features.""The MN backup for a cluster is most valuable because it has made backing up the GSF as a zero-file system easier. I like its stability a lot. Over the years, I very rarely had a problem with it.""The feature we have found most valuable is when you want to integrate it with a Tape Library and then do the DRM life cycle. That is when it works the best.""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.""The solution is mostly stable.""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."

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"It's simply very good software for backup purposes.""The most valuable features of Veeam Backup Replication are ease of use, dashboards, and reporting.""The features that I have found most valuable are its back up and recovery. It is a simplified backup because you can do both databases - VM and HyperV. It's a faster backup than the conventional methods because it takes up the bare metal.""I have found the backup call feature very good.""Veeam Backup Replication's most valuable features are the ease of use and the interface is very configurable for the users. It's a very familiar solution in Algeria.""Features with the most value are Instant VM Recovery, SQL Explorer and Exchange Explorer.""One of the most valuable features is the simplicity of the solution's administration.""From my experience, Veeam is very good. Its interface is user-friendly. We can restore it whenever. It's not complicated. It's very easy to manage and administration is very easy."

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Cons
"It would be helpful if the solution included some sort of ransomware protection.""It is not easy to manage like other products in the market. It is okay only if you are command-line driven. Even though the operation center is there, it doesn't provide a single view of everything. You have to, for example, use TSMManager on top of it, which gives you a far better management capability, but it is a third-party product. Its management needs to be improved. There should be an HTML or graphical interface. It is a very difficult product. For example, you have a backup policy where you want a daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly policy standard. It is an old kind of system where you have to keep retention for daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly backups, which is very difficult in IBM Spectrum Protect. In other products, in a matter of five minutes, you can configure such a policy. In TSM, it takes you one, two, or three days because you need to configure a node for each of them. If you have 250 nodes, you have to configure each node for daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly retention. If you have 1,000 nodes, it is going to take you ages just to configure and register the nodes. You need to configure the schedule and the CAD daemons or services, depending on whether it is a Unix or Windows OS. Unfortunately, it is a very long and drawn-out process. You have to stop and start the services for changes to take effect. This is a very difficult part of TSM in IBM Spectrum Protect. To configure a backup policy, I should be able to select the daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly options in one screen and finish it. After that, everything should happen in the background. All the backup products in the market already do that, and they are very simple to manage. This particular part of this solution has really been a major pain area for us, and unfortunately, we could not find a workaround. There is nobody at IBM who can give us a way to configure all this easily through a GUI or even scripts.""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.""They do not have a unified GUI, they only work on CLI and operations center, which is really complicated for the installation and configuration.""The software is complex; setup is complex.""IBM Spectrum Protect could be improved by making the installation easier. Once it's implemented, it's okay. IBM started lagging behind when things started moving to storage and cloud-based solutions. Even though they've recently released updates that give cloud-based protection, personally, I still believe they are not up to par with the likes of Rubrik. The entire product is a little bit clumsy because they have co-joined two different products, so it's complex. Even from a sales/explaining to people what it does point of view, it's complex. Whereas, if you take more current products, it's a single box solution. You reel it in, you fire it up, you do a couple of points and clicks, and off you go, whereas the IBM system is seriously complex. There's a lot of training involved and it's a massively difficult product to sell at this point in time.""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.""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."

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"Its native capability for talking to the public cloud needs improvement. Connecting to a public cloud is a little bit more of a challenge when it comes to Veeam than it is with Rubrik or Commvault. There are still some hoops that you got to jump through in order to send Veeam backups out to public cloud repositories. It is not as simple as it is with other products.""The solution needs more detailed reporting.""The initial setup is complex.""During the initial setup especially, there's a bit of a learning curve.""The pricing could be improved.""I would want them to improve some technical features that are still missing because we are working with NetApp NVMe and they're not fully supporting it yet. But both NetApp and Veeam know about it and they're working on it.""Some of the best practice documentation could be improved.""There are certain solutions, such as Rubrik and Cohesity, that are little by little, taking market share. Veeam needs to be more aggressive to keep their dominance in the space."

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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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  • "My understanding is that it is a fairly small price point."
  • "Its software solution has a fee."
  • "It is more expensive than other solutions."
  • "If you tell Veeam that you're competing with, for example, NetBackup or Backup Exec, or Dell or Micro Focus then they may lower the price. They are very competitive."
  • "I don't know what the costs are for sure, but I think that it's on a yearly basis."
  • "Its price is reasonable for a big company or a big client. It is not too much. It is cheaper than VMware."
  • "Its pricing is really good."
  • "Veeam Backup and Replication is a cost-effective solution"
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    Questions from the Community
    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:I find the solution somewhat difficult to use with virtual environments or VMware. The ability to schedule myVM on operation center should be addressed. Setting up the server is not easy; really… more »
    Top Answer:Technically, Veeam is best for hyper-v & VMWare replications, snapshots, HA failover, also support for file system backups inside VMs., support for tape library & FC too. But Veritas Netbackup is a… more »
    Top Answer:Nakivo is my favorite backup software. Below are the main benefits of Nakivo compared to Veeam 1. Low cost. 2. Backup storage with global deduplication (this is the main requirement of a backup… more »
    Top Answer:Veeam Backup & Replication provides an easy-to-set-up solution to the issue of data storage and recovery. Setting it up is a relatively simple affair. For the most part it prompts you from screen to… more »
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    Also Known As
    IBM TSM, IBM Tivoli Storage Manager
    Veeam Backup and Replication, Veeam Availability Suite
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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.

    Veeam® Availability Suite™ delivers something fundamentally different — Availability for the Always-On Enterprise™ — leveraging IT investments in server virtualization, modern storage and the cloud to help organizations meet today’s service-level objectives, enabling recovery of any IT service and related applications and data within seconds and minutes.

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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
    Vodafone, American Standard Brands, Welch’s, University of Florida, Tata Global Beverages Limited, National Bank of Abu Dhabi, Hirslanden Private Hospital Group, MacLean-Fogg Company
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    Healthcare Company16%
    Financial Services Firm14%
    Insurance Company8%
    University8%
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    Computer Software Company29%
    Comms Service Provider20%
    Financial Services Firm8%
    Government7%
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    Financial Services Firm14%
    Computer Software Company12%
    Government7%
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    Government8%
    Manufacturing Company5%
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    Small Business31%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise56%
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    Large Enterprise64%
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    Small Business46%
    Midsize Enterprise24%
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    Small Business26%
    Midsize Enterprise21%
    Large Enterprise53%
    Buyer's Guide
    IBM Spectrum Protect vs. Veeam Backup & Replication
    May 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about IBM Spectrum Protect vs. Veeam Backup & Replication and other solutions. Updated: May 2022.
    609,272 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    IBM Spectrum Protect is ranked 11th in Backup and Recovery Software with 45 reviews while Veeam Backup & Replication is ranked 1st in Backup and Recovery Software with 164 reviews. IBM Spectrum Protect is rated 7.8, while Veeam Backup & Replication is rated 8.4. 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 Veeam Backup & Replication writes "Dynamic and reliable backup solution". IBM Spectrum Protect is most compared with IBM Spectrum Protect Plus, Commvault Complete Data Protection, Cohesity DataProtect, Rubrik and Dell PowerProtect DD (Data Domain), whereas Veeam Backup & Replication is most compared with Rubrik, Azure Backup, Commvault Complete Data Protection and Nakivo. See our IBM Spectrum Protect vs. Veeam Backup & Replication report.

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