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2018-05-01T08:02:00Z
Julia Frohwein - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Director of Delivery at PeerSpot (formerly IT Central Station)
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What advice do you have for others considering IBM Spectrum Protect?

If you were talking to someone whose organization is considering IBM Spectrum Protect, what would you say?

How would you rate it and why? Any other tips or advice?

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42 Answers
SS
Lead Engineer Storage at a computer software company with 201-500 employees
Reseller
Top 5
2022-08-29T14:22:03Z
29 August 22

My advice to others is if they need a rock-solid solution this is a great solution. However, the problem is it is not future-proof because you never know where IBM aims to go. I rate IBM Spectrum Protect an eight out of ten.

István Dósa - PeerSpot reviewer
IT Architect at Effective Group Zrt.
Real User
2022-07-11T06:10:00Z
11 July 22

I advise anybody considering implementing Spectrum Protect to make very good plans before starting, know your backup requirements, and test the restore. You need to plan a backup solution for a good and fast restore. I would give Spectrum Protect a rating of eight out of ten.

AS
Unique Storage and Backup Engineer at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 20
2021-12-27T19:22:48Z
27 December 21

We are the client. At the moment, however, I am focusing on the project involving our migration and upgrading from Spectrum Protect 1.6, dot 7 to spectrum version 1.8. The solution is not deployed in the cloud, but onsite. I have experience working with TSM and have trained on the old versions of TSM 6. Our team exclusively uses the solution. We are talking about a stable solution which boasts good performance and security. I rate IBM Spectrum Protect as an eight or nine out of ten.

AG
Chief Manager HSSE at a energy/utilities company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
2021-12-21T09:03:00Z
21 December 21

This product is very versatile. However, we have now switched to EMC NetWorker as it is much easier to use and does better with data domain. I would rate this solution as five out of ten.

Alexander Heindl - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior System Engineer at Generali
Real User
Top 20
2021-12-15T22:25:18Z
15 December 21

I recommend this solution for backup servers. We have around 700 nodes and servers. I rate this solution eight out of 10.

YD
Solutions Architect at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Real User
Top 5
2021-12-09T10:01:43Z
09 December 21

I rate IBM Spectrum Protect as a six out of ten.

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TE
CTO at a educational organization with 5,001-10,000 employees
Real User
Top 10
2021-11-25T19:35:00Z
25 November 21

I would rate the solution a seven out of ten. It has some weaknesses, but the rating is a hundred percent use case sensitive. When you have a single side and very huge amounts of data, it's definitely a 10 plus. My advice would be to start with a use case analysis and what you want to achieve to determine if Spectrum Protect is the best solution. There's no absolute ranking without looking at the use case scenarios.

SL
AIX System Administration at a construction company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Top 5
2021-11-10T19:35:36Z
10 November 21

I rate IBM Spectrum Protect eight out of 10. The advice I would give to prospective users is to take stock of the value of your data. Spectrum is like insurance. Ask yourself how much it will cost you to restore the whole thing and get it back online. A backup solution isn't just a cut and paste of one file. It's a data recovery setup. I recommend doing your homework. When you decide what you want to do, search for the product that will deliver it.

Don Hwata - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Systems Engineer at a marketing services firm with 1-10 employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
2021-11-03T16:12:25Z
03 November 21

I would rate it an eight out of 10.

KC
Individual Contributor at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 5
2021-11-01T09:27:49Z
01 November 21

I rate IBM Spectrum Protect six out of 10. Maybe I would recommend it to others.

AT
Sr. Consultant, pSeries & Open Systems at Glasshouse Systems
Reseller
Top 5
2021-10-29T16:03:47Z
29 October 21

IBM Spectrum Protect is very good for high volume enterprise costs. If you are a small to medium-sized business I would choose a cheaper and more straightforward solution, such as Veeam. I would rate IBM Spectrum Protect approximately a six out of ten for small to medium businesses but for enterprise companies, I would rate it a ten out of ten. When combining all factors, I rate IBM Spectrum Protect an eight out of ten.

Mohamed Youssef - PeerSpot reviewer
Sr. Pre-Sales Engineer at Advanced Technology Company
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
2021-09-27T16:14:27Z
27 September 21

We are partners with IBM. I would rate the solution at a ten out of ten. We've been very happy with its capabilities.

NR
Technology Analyst at a government with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Top 20
2021-08-30T15:10:45Z
30 August 21

I would rate IBM Spectrum Protect a seven out of 10.

MA
manager technique at a consumer goods company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 5
2021-07-27T14:47:00Z
27 July 21

On a scale of one to ten, I would give IBM Spectrum Protect around a 7. To raise that score, I would like to see Cloud integration and full Cloud support. Additionally, they have much less support in terms of backing up the SQL databases than other applications. There are many modernized applications out there in the market. If someone has a full legacy with tape in front or if they have purely tape and they want to use tapes, then for them I would say it is a very good solution. But if they want to move towards Cloud and modernize more, then I think there are better solutions to look into than IBM, such as Veeam or Cohesity or Rubrik.

Albert Hernaus - PeerSpot reviewer
Storage Consultant at E-Storage
Real User
Top 5
2021-06-23T12:49:32Z
23 June 21

Since our organization affords use to 50 clients per server, this comes out to around 1,000 clients. I would recommend this solution to others. I rate IBM Spectrum Protect as an eight out of ten.

PK
Storage Administrator at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Top 5
2021-05-29T19:41:10Z
29 May 21

TSM is moving to the cloud and will be much easier. IBM Spectrum is coming out with a new version with the option of using Kubernetes, it's called IBM Spectrum Protect Plus. It's solid, it helps you protect the IDMS and helps you restore your VMware data and the types of data on your VM. I would rate IBM Spectrum Protect a seven out of ten.

Wira Chinwong - PeerSpot reviewer
Service Director at scsi co.,ltd
Real User
Top 5
2021-05-08T13:38:36Z
08 May 21

I would rate IBM Spectrum Protect at eight on a scale from one to ten.

GB
Manager - Storage & Backup at a pharma/biotech company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 20
2021-04-05T20:01:23Z
05 April 21

It is a reliable tool. It has been there for so many years. It is a good solution that provides many options. I would recommend this solution for large-scale environments with mission-critical applications running on complex hardware, such as AIX. I would rate IBM Spectrum Protect an eight out of ten.

MA
Storage administrator at a university with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Top 20
2021-03-31T15:29:49Z
31 March 21

You would really have to implement it. It is very stable, but it is complicated. You really need to get a staff member or a good consultant who knows it fairly well. I would rate IBM Spectrum Protect a seven out of ten for functionality. I am biased because I know it so well. Over the years, we did really well with disaster recovery with it, but that was the old way of sending tapes down to Iron Mountain and the Sterling Forest site in New York. I always made it work, but that was stressful.

SS
Lead Engineer Storage at a computer software company with 201-500 employees
Reseller
Top 5
2021-03-05T22:20:09Z
05 March 21

We're just a customer and end-user. We're using an older version, called Spectrum Protect. We are not using Spectrum Protect Plus. Overall, I would rate the solution at a nine out of ten. We've largely been happy with it. I'd give it a higher rating if Spectrum Protect and Spectrum Protect Plus could either be the same product or integrated together.

Hugo Badenhorst - PeerSpot reviewer
Backup Administrator at a insurance company with 5,001-10,000 employees
Real User
Top 20
2021-02-26T23:04:21Z
26 February 21

We are customers and end-users. Our contract is coming to an end and the way that the budget is going, we've decided that we going with peer storage at this stage. We're going to change the way we are doing things, both on-premises and in the cloud. Whether this solution makes sense for a company depends on their environment and their overall goals. I'd rate the solution at an eight out of ten. We were mostly happy with the product, however, there were some limitations around the licensing that's making us rethink our commitment to it.

DJ
Director at Magnamious Systems Pvt. Ltd.
Reseller
Top 5
2021-02-03T14:02:35Z
03 February 21

I would recommend it depending on the use cases, but it is better to avoid IBM now. It is a new era of other solutions. IBM should catch up or allow itself to become extinct. I would rate IBM Spectrum Protect a five out of ten.

Thiago Souza - PeerSpot reviewer
Solutions Architect at Net Place
MSP
Top 5
2021-02-02T16:54:59Z
02 February 21

The solution is capable of connecting to the cloud, public or private, but we are currently using it on-premises on this particular project. I rate IBM Spectrum Protect a nine out of ten.

Wira Chinwong - PeerSpot reviewer
Service Director at scsi co.,ltd
Real User
Top 5
2021-01-25T10:34:48Z
25 January 21

We're an implementor. Overall, we've had a good experience with the solution and I would easily recommend this product to other organizations. On a scale from one to ten, I would rate it at a seven.

KV
IT Infrastructure Engineer at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Reseller
Top 20
2020-12-09T11:04:11Z
09 December 20

I would recommend this solution to others. It is a perfect solution for medium and big companies, but it is not a good solution for a small company because of its scalability, support, and prices. It is perfect for bigger industries and banks and financial institutions. I would rate IBM Spectrum Protect a seven out of ten. It is a good solution, but it is expensive.

JD
Spectrum Protect Specialist at a computer software company with 201-500 employees
MSP
Top 20
2020-11-04T19:25:32Z
04 November 20

We're an IBM partner. I would advise companies to use it for small environments that need a simple solution. I would also advise it for very large environments over a petabyte for flexibility. For the midsize company, I'm not sure if I would advise it as that's where you get into that sweat show. You need complex features, however, you don't really have the complex knowledge. For a mid-sized company, that's where the problems lie. I'd rate the solution nine out of ten. There's always room for improvement. If they shift to a little more simplicity, it might help. There are other products out there that have more modern features, and IBM is not yet there. Therefore, they're not 10 out of 10. That doesn't mean that those other products are 10 out of 10 because they lack things that IBM has. There's no perfect 10 on the market.

Mark Torpy - PeerSpot reviewer
Data Protection Specialist at Tech Mahindra Limited
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
2020-10-29T12:02:52Z
29 October 20

The IBM shops would use it because it fits very nicely into an IBM environment, but even with the VM capabilities, it is more difficult to configure and support as compared to other solutions in the market. If you look at other solutions, even your IBM ProtecTIER, for example, would be a data protection appliance. I could mix and match technologies, but I think other products are easier to manage. There are many third-party products that do it all. TSMManager is really excellent for managing a multi TSM server environment. If you have got 10 or 20 TSM servers, you cannot manage them natively. It is difficult to switch from one to another. You can always connect them and then jump from one to the other. You have that option, but it is easier if you have one UI sitting on top of them all, like a single management layer. IBM does not provide it. I have heard something is coming out in version nine or ten, which is going to change a lot of things, but I am not very sure. I would rate IBM Spectrum Protect a seven out of ten. There are many good things about it, such as stability, reliability, and scalability, but it is tough in terms of manageability and things like that. Its support is also not good.

MO
Senior Storage Architect at a computer software company with 201-500 employees
MSP
Top 20
2020-10-06T06:57:37Z
06 October 20

I'm a reseller and a system architect. I'm not really a user. I'm a project manager and architect. However, we have people on our team that use and install it. We're using the current version of the solution. I'd advise other companies to not forget tape. With ransomware and everything else, it's hard. People forget tape is cheap. Tape gives you an air-gap, and, if you properly use it, you get a good hybrid solution. Many people think it's disk only, and that's just for yesterday's restore, however, for a long-term solution, tape is so much more cost-effective. I'd rate the solution eight out of ten. It's a full-feature product. It's hard to be perfect with full-featured products. There are compromises due to the fact that they do so much.

AL
IT Infrastructure and Architecture Manager at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 20
2020-10-04T06:40:20Z
04 October 20

I would rate IBM Spectrum Protect an eight out of ten. It is very robust, stable, and easy to administer. The backup related to the cloud is the only challenge that we have with this product. We're happy with everything else. It is a good product.

Beat Halter - PeerSpot reviewer
Head of Cloud & Systems at Abraxas Informatik AG
Real User
Top 20
2020-10-04T06:40:20Z
04 October 20

I would rate this solution a seven out of 10.

VN
Network Administrator at a government with 51-200 employees
Real User
2020-09-21T06:33:18Z
21 September 20

My advice for anybody who is considering this product is to implement the newest version, IBM Spectrum Protect Plus. This is a good product, although it would be better if it were easier to use and manage. I would rate this solution a seven out of ten.

TJ
Network Systems Analyst III at a retailer with 10,001+ employees
Real User
2020-07-26T08:19:00Z
26 July 20

I would say partner up with a business partner, someone who does it day in and day out because installing the application or the server is not something you do every day as a customer. As a customer, you do that once in a blue moon. A business partner is constantly doing these installations over and over so they've got it down fairly well. I would say partner up with someone who can help you through it. Support's not going to do a whole lot with you as far as installing it. That's not really what they're there for. They're there to troubleshoot issues. A business partner's there to hold your hand and walk you through getting it installed and set up and running. In the next release, I would like to see better protect storage pool and node replication. I would rate IBM Spectrum Protect as a whole a seven out of ten.

Noel Bezuidenhout - PeerSpot reviewer
IBM Product & Technical Sales Specialist at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Real User
2020-07-19T08:15:00Z
19 July 20

The capability of the product now has been remarketed in IBM. So IBM Spectrum Protect is part of the Spectrum Suite. If you've got time, look at that. There are about 17 software-defined products that all interlink with each other. You'll get maximum usage out of the Spectrum Suite. I would recommend it. The Spectrum that we know now was the old IBM Tivoli Storage Manager. Check up on Utility Storage Manager. IBM repackaged it as part of their fully software-defined offering. And one of the Spectrum Suite products is Spectrum Protect. I would rate IBM Spectrum Protect an eight out of ten.

RN
Director of Storage Services at a legal firm with 5,001-10,000 employees
Real User
2020-06-25T10:49:27Z
25 June 20

We're not partners with IBM. We're just customers. We have a good relationship with the company, however, we are not reseller partners. We're using the latest version of the solution. I'd rate the solution eight out of ten. It's a great solution, and we've been very happy with it, but it does lack cloud integration features. If it offered that, I'd rate it higher.

RL
Architecte Technique at a retailer with 10,001+ employees
Real User
2020-06-18T05:17:53Z
18 June 20

This is a product that I recommend, although I think it depends on the sizing of your IT systems. That said, there is a need to have a solution that is recognized by most companies. Overall, I feel that this is an average product. In my opinion, there are many competing products that are better than Spectrum Protect. I would rate this solution a five out of ten.

Tomas-Dalebjörk - PeerSpot reviewer
IT Architect at CGI
Real User
Top 5
2020-04-27T13:09:00Z
27 April 20

The perfect solution with a robust, scalable, open architecture. Many additional plugins are available on the Global Solution Directory.

RH
Database Specialist at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
2019-06-16T07:23:00Z
16 June 19

I hope that all users go in for the latest version of IBM Spectrum Protect, which is cloud-based. They should equally ensure that everything comes together well. This should help in case they have all of these challenges like ours, i.e. where power is a major issue. I rate IBM Spectrum Protect with a seven out of 10 because of our inability to pick a backup of a trusted VMware environment. When the VMware environment is collected, we cannot take a backup. We cannot take VMware backups for that environment.

AM
Consultant at a financial services firm with 501-1,000 employees
Consultant
2019-05-13T08:56:00Z
13 May 19

The best part of this solution is that it just works. I would rate this product eight out of ten.

Wira Chinwong - PeerSpot reviewer
Service Director at scsi co.,ltd
Real User
Top 5
2018-06-19T08:17:00Z
19 June 18

The product may look difficult to manage, but if you need enterprise backup software which supports cross platform and you have good design and skills transfer, this product will help reduce costs.

it_user879321 - PeerSpot reviewer
Solutions Architect with 51-200 employees
Real User
2018-06-11T06:45:00Z
11 June 18

I rate it a nine out of 10. It's a good product, simple to use, simple to configure, and we get very good technical support.

DH
Solutions Architect at Key Information Systems
MSP
2018-05-02T07:12:00Z
02 May 18

I would recommend Spectrum Protect. Most important criteria for my customers when selecting a vendor: An enterprise backup solution which could cover multiple Clients, environments, and databases.

PP
Sr. Solution Engineer at Cerner Corporation
Consultant
2018-05-01T08:02:00Z
01 May 18

Most important criteria when selecting a vendor: * OS compatibility * Scalability * Pricing, etc.

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The biggest difference is that Data Domain is an appliance storage system (SW + HW storage) but Spectrum is a software (licenses) solution only.
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I would look at the way they dedup. DataDomain uses variable-length deduplication so they are very effective. I do not know anything about the IBM product, but we have dealt with IBM and in my opinion, the difference that is going to make the biggest impact is the way they sell TCO. EMC almost negatively impacts themselves by giving a more realistic and often more expensive quote, where IBM gives a seemingly cheaper solution, but later on, it works out more.
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