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Updated on Sep 7, 2022

We performed a comparison between IBM Spectrum Protect and Veeam Backup & Replication based on our users’ reviews in five categories. After reading all of the collected data, you can find our conclusion below.

  • Ease of Deployment: IBM Spectrum Protect users mostly feel that its setup is moderately complex to very complex. Veeam Backup & Replication users mostly feel its setup is straightforward and easy.
  • Features: Users of both products are generally happy with their stability and scalability, with a few mentioning that Veeam could be more scalable.

    IBM Spectrum Protect users note being particularly satisfied with its retention set feature, which provides a reduction in storage costs. Some note that they could improve their GUI to be more user friendly and offer better migration from other technologies.

    Veeam users say they’re impressed with the solution's robust backup, replication, and adaptability features. Some users mention that the product could work faster.
  • Pricing: IBM Spectrum Protect users mostly feel the solution is expensive. Some say that the price is reasonable when compared to other solutions in the market. Veeam users mostly say that, while pricey, it is a cost-effective solution.
  • ROI: Users of both solutions mention significant ROI.
  • Service and Support: IBM Spectrum Protect users report below average to good support, many noting that support is slow in response. Veeam users mostly report responsive, very good support.

Comparison Results: Veeam Backup & Replication has the winning edge in this comparison because it received higher marks in the ease of deployment, pricing, and service and support categories.

To learn more, read our detailed IBM Spectrum Protect vs. Veeam Backup & Replication Report (Updated: November 2022).
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Pros
"You can do restores very quickly. You can mount a drive and restore it right from the drive.""It is good in terms of functionality. My clients are very satisfied with this solution.""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.""We like IBM Spectrum's versioning capabilities. It lets us specify how many versions of a file we want to keep and for how long. Also, the archive component of the software helps us a lot.""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 solution is mostly stable.""The backup is very good. In other backup systems, you need a lot of storage to gain the same backup policy.""We've found the product to be quite stable and the performance is very good."

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"The most valuable feature is how reliable Veeam Backup is. It has the normal expected features that allow you to ensure that everything is backed up completely.""It is a global major solution for quite a lot of people.""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.""The product could be improved if they wrote more PowerShell scripts for controlling Veeam.""The initial setup was not overly complex.""Simple and stable.""It serves its intended purpose and it works well.""The initial setup is very easy."

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Cons
"The usability of IBM Spectrum Protect could be improved, specifically additional features to the product in the operations center. Additional reporting facilities and stronger reporting tools such as build dashboards would be beneficial.""It does what we need it to do, but it could be better with VM backups. It could be better integrated with virtual machines or VM backups, but that's why they have their Plus out now. Plus version is more geared toward VM backups. The regular version is more for endpoint clients.""It should have the ability to break down the data that's being backed up. It should have better reporting.""I want a better user interface, support, and integrations.""IBM's support hasn't been so good in the last few years.""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.""They should introduce more features for virtualization platforms and backing up IBMs. Backup speeds should also be improved.""Generally, the implementation of virtualization could be improved. The workflow service and so on are not working properly."

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"The implementation of the features can be improved. Currently, there is no segregation of duty. Normally, any backup software or client service software is implemented in a way where one person is responsible for the implementation of the server, and one is responsible for the client, but Veeam Backup & Replication is not implemented in that way. Therefore, restores don't work like that. The backup guys have to do the restores, which is not a good thing. Its pricing should also be improved. It is quite expensive.""The deduplication feature could be improved by changing to global deduplication.""Veeam needs to have more support for non-Windows systems and other databases. For example, I can do SQL with Veeam but not Informix or Oracle. This is unfortunate because we have many partners with Oracle systems and Informix databases, and Veeam does not yet have the agents we need for specific Oracle and UNIX operating systems.""Sometimes Veeam is not that effective when it comes to legacy environments.""I would like to see better features for exporting to cloud-based repositories.""We have had problems with some jobs. For example, when we have a VM with a large SQL Database, sometimes we cannot adjust the time for transaction logs to back up and overlap time.""Veeam Backup Replication could improve by having better integration with the cloud. Additionally, they do not have direct integration to S3 or Azure storage for the backups of the VMs. This feature would be beneficial because we have to go through the scalable repository which I do not like.""The implementation was straightforward. However, we used an integrator, the process could be easier for us to do it ourselves."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "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."
  • "We are paying for support and maintenance on a monthly basis."
  • "That's a hard estimate. It depends on the licensing, the hardware, and other stuff, but it is fairly expensive. It is generally more expensive than other solutions."
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  • "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"
  • "Our licensing fees are paid yearly and the cost is about $12,000 Swiss Francs ($17,400 USD)."
  • "This product is not cheap, but it's well worth the cost."
  • "This is not an expensive solution. It's on the cheaper side."
  • "The price of this product is very good."
  • "It is approximately $4,000 to $5,000 for the purchase of the product and I paid an additional $2,000 for the renewal."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:The price of IBM Spectrum Protect is expensive and there is only a standard licensing fee.
    Top Answer:IBM Spectrum Protect is used for the physical server databases.
    Top Answer:The scalability of IBM Spectrum Protect is good.
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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 Backup & Replication is a reliable backup and recovery software tool that is designed to help you back up, restore, and replicate data on virtual machines (VMs). The solution is compatible with a variety of backup targets and can be used with VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V. It is agentless and also has a recovery time objective of less than 15 minutes for all applications and uses built-in WAN acceleration to replicate data off-site up to 50 times faster than a raw data transfer. In addition to backing up and recovering VMs, Veeam Backup & Replication can protect and restore individual files and applications for environments such as Exchange and SharePoint. It can also provide transaction-level restores of Oracle and Microsoft SQL databases.

    Veeam Backup & Replication Features

    Veeam Backup & Replication has many valuable key features. Some of the most useful ones include:

    • Backup: The solution enables you to create image-level backups of virtual, physical, cloud machines and backups of NAS share files.
    • Restore: With Veeam, you can perform a restore from backup files to the original location or a new one. Veeam Backup & Replication offers a number of recovery options for various disaster recovery scenarios, including Instant Recovery, image-level restore, file-level restore, restore of application items, and more.
    • Replication: You can create an exact copy of a VM and maintain the copy in sync with the original VM.
    • Continuous data protection (CDP): The solution’s replication technology helps you protect mission-critical VMs and reach recovery point objectives (RPO).
    • Backup copy: With Veeam, you can copy backup files to a secondary repository.
    • Storage systems support: The solution enables you to back up and restore VMs using capabilities of native snapshots created on storage systems.
    • Tape devices support: You can easily store copies of backups in tape devices.
    • Recovery verification: With Veeam Backup & Replication, you can test both VM backups and replicas before recovery.

    Veeam Backup & Replication Benefits

    There are many benefits to implementing Veeam Backup & Replication. Some of the biggest advantages the solution offers include:

    • Enables you to meet recovery SLAs with confidence.
    • Ensures bulletproof ransomware protection.
    • Can help you accelerate your move to the hybrid cloud.
    • Eliminates data loss and downtime.
    • Protects your data from malicious actors.
    • Flexible, simple, and reliable. 

    Reviews from Real Users

    Veeam Backup & Replication is a solution that stands out when compared to many of its competitors. Some of its major advantages are its ease of set up, the fact that it is agentless, and that it has an intuitive dashboard. 

    A Network Operations Manager at an educational organization says, "Integration with VMware is excellent with very granular recovery."

    An Inside Solutions Architect at a tech services company mentions, “I like that it's agent-less, easy to set up, and hardware-agnostic.”

    An Account Manager at a tech services company states, “The dashboard is very, very easy to understand. We do demonstrations all the time with customers just to show them. If they've lost particular files because of a server going down, we can retrieve those files for them and quickly bring those files back up.”

    Kerem C., Director of Professional Services/Senior Solution Architect/Trainer at a tech services company, explains, “It's good for backup performance management and backup window management.”

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    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
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    Buyer's Guide
    IBM Spectrum Protect vs. Veeam Backup & Replication
    November 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about IBM Spectrum Protect vs. Veeam Backup & Replication and other solutions. Updated: November 2022.
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    IBM Spectrum Protect is ranked 11th in Backup and Recovery Software with 40 reviews while Veeam Backup & Replication is ranked 1st in Backup and Recovery Software with 155 reviews. IBM Spectrum Protect is rated 7.8, while Veeam Backup & Replication is rated 8.4. The top reviewer of IBM Spectrum Protect writes "Provides us with the scalability and growth that we need". 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 Veritas NetBackup, whereas Veeam Backup & Replication is most compared with Azure Backup, Rubrik, Acronis Backup, Nakivo and Commvault Complete Data Protection. See our IBM Spectrum Protect vs. Veeam Backup & Replication report.

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