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2020-01-16T18:33:00Z

What is the biggest difference between Dell EMC Data Domain and IBM Spectrum Protect?

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We are evaluating Dell EMC Data Domain and IBM Spectrum Protect. What are the biggest differences between the two? Which would you recommend?

Thanks! I appreciate the help. 

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Muhammad Sharfuddin - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 20MSP

IBM Spectrum Protect is a "Backup and Recovery" product, while Dell EMC Data Domain is the backup *storage* appliance. They have their respective market.


Though I must say that DD is the leader, while SP is a struggling product.. i.e there is no comparision.

2020-10-05T07:56:25Z
Sergey Gavrilov - PeerSpot reviewer
User

The biggest difference is that Data Domain is an appliance storage system (SW + HW storage) but Spectrum is a software (licenses) solution only.

2020-01-20T11:52:55Z
Zdzislaw Jideck Chobot 霍博特 - चोबोट - PeerSpot reviewer
Real User

In my opinion DD have better compression/dedup and also good aggregated replication speed, however it lack all functionality which is provided SP! Also as a hardware based solution we struggle with scaling up DD ! Comparison is not entirely possible since these are completely different purpose and usage ! In the environment we use DD as a disc storage for staging SP made backups!

2020-01-23T14:20:44Z
Piotr Piotrowski - PeerSpot reviewer
User

DD is deduplication target while IBM Spectrum protect is brand new name for and old and creepy TSM
The biggest difference is that you will not create complementary backup solution with DD only, you need some kind of backup software to do it for you.
TSM (or IBM Spectrum protect) can write backups to DD.

2020-05-07T10:49:01Z
Marcos Corbani - PeerSpot reviewer
Real User

I would say to you that the two solutions are complementary, work harmoniously without any problem.

2020-01-20T18:12:59Z
NeilMistry - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 5LeaderboardReal User

Thanks for reaching out.

EMC Data Domain has an ecosystem for data management supporting several protocols and day structures. Best deduplication rate I have ever seen, full integration with RMAN for Oracle and VTL architecture and integration. The holistic view of data management and easy to deploy plus apply SLA and retention policies.

Also, it’s fast very fast! The platform is expensive and maintenance is not cheap so a client needs to prepare for this both capitally and operationally. The Platform can support other software not just their own Networker software, so very flexible.

IBM has lost market share in this space and as per clients feedback and Gartner, IBM is NOT a leader or visionary in this space.m

2020-01-20T13:24:27Z
Coenie Rossouw - PeerSpot reviewer
Real User

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.

2020-01-20T11:55:42Z
NeilMistry - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 5LeaderboardReal User

EMC Data Domain has an ecosystem for data management supporting several protocols and day structures. Best deduplication rate I have ever seen, full integration with RMAN for Oracle and VTL architecture and integration. The holistic view of data management and easy to deploy plus apply SLA and retention policies.

Also, it’s fast very fast! The platform is expensive and maintenance is not cheap so a client needs to prepare for this both capitally and operationally. The Platform can support other software not just their own Networker software, so very flexible.

IBM has lost market share in this space and as per clients feedback and Gartner, IBM is NOT a leader or visionary in this space in my opinion. EMC DD has also evolved to challenge the HCI players with their own IDPA (Integrated Data Protection Appliance).

All clients should look for:

- simplicity
- public cloud integration
- S3 and other relevant protocol integrations
- Native ransomware protection
- Ease of operations
- Cost reduction
- Hyper Visor agnostic approach plus containerization integration

2020-01-27T18:29:59Z
Pawel Augustyn - PeerSpot reviewer
Top 10Real User

I don't have experience with IBM Spectrum Protect, but I do have experience with Data Domain.

I would recommend it. It's very stable, has high performance, and the highest deduplication engine.

2020-01-23T21:28:56Z
Grzegorz Wieleba - PeerSpot reviewer
Real User

I cannot help you with this subject. My knowledge about IBM Spectrum Protect is only theoretical, as I only plan to implement it, I never have the opportunity to touch a life system like this.

2020-01-20T12:15:16Z
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