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IBM Spectrum Protect Valuable Features

Mark Torpy - PeerSpot reviewer
Data Protection Specialist at Tech Mahindra Limited

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
Engineer at a tech services company with 1-10 employees

One of the more recent features that we value the most, being an influencer myself, there is feature we call retention sets. These retention sets are snapshots of previously backed-up data. This data no longer needs to be backed up again so there's no need to re-back up that information, to reinject that data. It allows us to offer, improve, and optimize the use of storage resources for our customers. We implemented this solution for a number of clients here in Colombia and throughout Latin America.

Also, Spectrum Protect has what is one of the greatest ecosystems of experts, users, forums and in general learning resources in the data protection realm.

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SA
Unix and Storage Administrator at a energy/utilities company with 10,001+ employees

There are a lot of features within these products. One of them is for data backup and protection and the other one, the Spectrum Scale, is for parallel storage as a data storage solution.

All of these features are very important.

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SL
AIX System Administration at a construction company with 1,001-5,000 employees

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. I could have 10 versions of one file and that file I could keep for as long as I want.

There is the archive for a version of the solution which gave us the opportunity to have, let's say, one full backup every month for a long period of time. Its archiving offers us good flexibility.

The solution is very stable.

We've found the scalability to be very good.

The initial implementation is straightforward for the most part.

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MO
Senior Storage Architect at a computer software company with 201-500 employees

The solution actually does a lot. It's really powerful. The value of Spectrum Protect is it does everything. It does tape and it does disk. It's easy to migrate. You don't need any other software. It's basically an all-in-one solution, which is its most valuable aspect.

Their GUI has improved quite a bit. It's made the solution a lot simpler and less complex.

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Tomas-Dalebjörk - PeerSpot reviewer
IT Architect at CGI

Progressive incremental-forever (always incremental):

SPFS is a file system for Spectrum Protect. A way to mount a Spectrum Protect storage pool as a mount point on your server for easier usage. With this one can protect any data using the Spectrum Protect storage.
Eg
# mount -t spfs /backup
# mysqldump > /backup/mysqldump.bkp

SPIR is Instant Recovery for Spectrum Protect. Take application consistent snapshots locally using, and sends snapshots data 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, so that applications can be started before all data has been copied back to original place.

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JD
Spectrum Protect Specialist at a computer software company with 201-500 employees

The solution offers very good flexibility. 

It's huge. You can do almost everything with it. It's very programmable, customizable, and automatable. It supports a lot of operating systems and a lot of applications. It's very versatile. It's maybe the most versatile on the market.

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MA
Storage administrator at a university with 1,001-5,000 employees

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.

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HM
Engineer at a tech services company with 1-10 employees

Spectrum Protect is a robust solution. A valuable feature of this solution is the retention sets, which is a fairly new addition to the feature portfolio. This allows you to back up information to leverage all their copies of backup and not do new backups of the same information over and over again. 

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KB
Systems Architect at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees

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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GB
Manager - Storage & Backup at a pharma/biotech company with 10,001+ employees

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.

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PC
IT Analyst at a educational organization with 5,001-10,000 employees

The most interesting feature is without a doubt the 'management classes'. A management class allows us to configure the number of previous versions of each file that we want to keep as well as the number of days that we want to keep them. Thanks to the way in which the management classes can be assigned to file, the possibilities are endless.
To my knowledge only SP offers this flexibility.

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SL
AIX System Administration at a construction company with 1,001-5,000 employees

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. Let's say we have a department that needs 10 versions of one file that need to be kept for at least six months. So with IBM Spectrum, we can set rules that will respect what has been asked of us. For example, we can set it to save 15 versions, and if the file is deleted, we need to keep the last version for at least six months. 

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Stefan Schneider - PeerSpot reviewer
Lead Engineer Storage at a computer software company with 201-500 employees

The Oracle database backup is the solution's most valuable aspect.

The solution is scalable.

We've found the product to be quite stable and the performance is very good.

Technical support has been helpful overall.

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YD
Solutions Architect at a tech services company with 51-200 employees

IBM Spectrum Protect offers stable software and products. It has much third party integration, such as that involving databases, email and virtual machines. 

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MS
Business consultant at a tech services company with 11-50 employees

It's very hard to say which feature is most valuable. It's a complex product. It's not possible to say what is most valuable.

The solution is mostly stable.

The product scales well.

The solution offers good cloud extensions.

The technical support on offer is pretty good.

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HS
Manager at a university with 10,001+ employees

We have found the building, compression, backup, and the tool to save point-in-time backups to be valuable features.

The backup is very good. In other backup systems, you need a lot of storage to gain the same backup policy.

There aren't too many bugs, and it is good for storage and backup.

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PK
Storage Administrator at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees

It is easy to implement and restores very quickly.

It's very simple.

With the SPVE you can migrate from IBM to a different storage box. For example from IBM, you are going to Dell or NetApp. If you want to carry it over, you can.

You can do restores very quickly. You can mount a drive and restore it right from the drive.

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Hugo Badenhorst - PeerSpot reviewer
Backup Administrator at a insurance company with 5,001-10,000 employees

The solution has excellent performance overall. 

The product's initial setup is pretty straightforward. They offer good documentation that helps with the process.

The stability of the solution is very good.

In general, the solution is quite user-friendly. The GUI is very nice.

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Muhammad Akmal - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior IT infrastructure admin at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees

All the useful features are valuable actually. You can't ignore any one of them. We also use Spectrum Protect Plus actually, the other product, where you can integrate the VMware Hyper-V or any other solution for the backup, data protection, and using that one, you can protect all the databases also.

Spectrum Protect and Spectrum Protect Plus still have separate use cases. From the IBM side, these two products are running in parallel. But in the near future, they are combining the Spectrum Protect Plus. There will be no Spectrum Protect itself in the near future. But as both are currently separate, Spectrum Protect Plus is mostly for the virtualized workloads, whereas Spectrum Protect is for the bare metal and databases kind of thing.

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Harp Dhonsi - PeerSpot reviewer
Director at Q Pro Solutions

Its incremental forever approach is valuable, so we don't have to load tapes to do a restore.

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AA
Co-Founder -Technical Director at a tech services company with 11-50 employees

I find the whole product useful. The backup archive client, snapshot, spectrum for virtual environments are beneficial features.

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Wira Chinwong - PeerSpot reviewer
Service Director at scsi co.,ltd

The backup aspect of the solution is very good. The solution allows for incremental backups forever. It saves your backup files while also saving space.

The product is quite stable.

The API is simple to integrate into a custom application.

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TE
CTO at a educational organization with 5,001-10,000 employees

There's no single feature. It's the overall product, the reliability, and the ability to work at the scale we are working at. It's that incremental forever approach, which we definitely need for the amount of data we are handling. It's more a philosophy of product, but a certain feature.

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Mohamed Youssef - PeerSpot reviewer
Sr. Pre-Sales Engineer at Advanced Technology Company

The most valuable aspect is the fact that it combines all types of data. 

It's compatible with many other products, including Oracle, VMware, and Hyper V products.

The replication is great. 

The solution is robust and problem-free. We have not had any issues with Spectrum since we implemented it around 2012. 

The solution is very stable.

You can scale the product.

The management is pretty good and it covers all of our technical requirements. 

Technical support has been excellent. 

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AL
IT Infrastructure and Architecture Manager at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees

The feature that I have found the most valuable is that IBM Spectrum Protect is highly integrated with IBM ESS. In addition, it allows us to back up our virtual servers directly to take VM snapshots. It runs on Linux as well.

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KV
IT Infrastructure Engineer at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees

It is good in terms of functionality. My clients are very satisfied with this solution.

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DJ
Director at Magnamious Systems Pvt. Ltd.

Support of the IBM X platform and the backup data replication to DR are the most valuable features.

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AT
Sr. Consultant, pSeries & Open Systems at Glasshouse Systems

The most valuable feature of this solution is the centralized enterprise backup.

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MA
manager technique at a consumer goods company with 10,001+ employees

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.

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Thiago Souza - PeerSpot reviewer
Solutions Architect at Net Place

Overall the solution is fairly complete.

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Anower H  Mozumder - PeerSpot reviewer
Service Delivery Manager at Thakral

The feature I have found the most valuable is load replication.

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VN
Network Administrator at a government with 51-200 employees

The most valuable feature is the backup speed.

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Beat Halter - PeerSpot reviewer
Head of Cloud & Systems at Abraxas Informatik AG

I believe the user interface is a good feature. The personnel who work with the product on a daily basis seem to be satisfied with what's possible.

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NR
Technology Analyst at a government with 1,001-5,000 employees

The customization and the ability to backup across all platforms are the most valuable features.

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István Dósa - PeerSpot reviewer
IT Architect at Effective Group Zrt.

Spectrum Protect's best feature is that I can use it practically anywhere, on any platform, and for any servers or clients.

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Don Hwata - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Systems Engineer at a marketing services firm with 1-10 employees

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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Alexander Heindl - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior System Engineer at Generali

In general, this is a good product. Specifically, I like the deduplication and compression features.

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Wira Chinwong - PeerSpot reviewer
Service Director at scsi co.,ltd

It is a very stable product. The cost is similar to that of other enterprise solutions.

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AH
Sr Systems engineer at a energy/utilities company with 10,001+ employees

The IBM Spectrum Protect feature I find the most valuable is how fast it is. 

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