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IBM Spectrum Protect pros and cons

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IBM Spectrum Protect Pros review quotes

MP
Feb 19, 2024
Since the technology is reliable, it simplifies the backup process significantly. Now, our focus can primarily be on managing full backups and creating some offline copies.
it_user865533 - PeerSpot reviewer
May 1, 2018
Performance and recoveries are better. Our clients and customers are happier with the performance of it.
Mark Torpy - PeerSpot reviewer
Oct 29, 2020
The backup of Sybase databases is the most valuable feature in the existing environment. They have got the most documentation out there on the internet for its software protection. The documentation is excellent, and there are a lot of blogs, websites. Because it's still one of the oldest products out there for data protection, there are also lots of people who have a lot of experience in using this solution.
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HM
Mar 23, 2021
It's very robust and has been on the market for a long time.
it_user623352 - PeerSpot reviewer
May 2, 2018
From a tech perspective, utilizing deduplication is one of the most valuable features.
TJ
Jul 26, 2020
Instead of taking three different backups of your systems, you're taking only one. You're able to crack that open and get what you need. The incident recovery, where it creates the VM and then you're running it, technically you're running it on Spectrum Protect. But then in the background, it's doing the storage motion and moving it off the Spectrum Protect back to your VMware environment. The users don't know the difference.
DE
May 2, 2018
Every time customers make a change or we have made a change, then they use the product to do a cloning and refreshing. They are happy that they get good performance something changes.
HM
May 2, 2018
One of the features which is most interesting in Spectrum Protect is the ability to scale out to great environments. This is something that not many vendors have on the market.
SA
Dec 22, 2021
One way they have improved our organization is through the stability of the solution and the availability of the product.
SL
Apr 21, 2021
One of the main things that I like about IBM is the versioning of the data - meaning that we can have multiple versions of a file or directory of a server.
 

IBM Spectrum Protect Cons review quotes

MP
Feb 19, 2024
It might be seen as leaning towards the legacy side, missing some features of newer solutions. The main drawbacks would be its complexity and high pricing.
it_user865533 - PeerSpot reviewer
May 1, 2018
Our new leadership has pushed us to go more toward the cloud, so we are definitely going to leverage anything we can in that direction.
Mark Torpy - PeerSpot reviewer
Oct 29, 2020
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.
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HM
Mar 23, 2021
The reporting could be better.
it_user623352 - PeerSpot reviewer
May 2, 2018
I would love to see something which allows us to do an auto restart of backup jobs.
TJ
Jul 26, 2020
Their support is lacking. I've talked to their developers and stuff in the last couple of weeks and they reassure me that some people have retired, and they're working on getting that bumped back up. But the support lacks a lot to be desired at this point.
DE
May 2, 2018
Needs more support for non-mainstream databases, in particular PostgreSQL, SQL, and MySQL.
HM
May 2, 2018
I would like to see monitoring within the platform: monitoring for storage pools and monitoring for the server's health (e.g., CPU and memory).
SA
Dec 22, 2021
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.
SL
Apr 21, 2021
It would be helpful if the solution included some sort of ransomware protection.