2018-06-11T06:45:00Z
Miriam Tover - PeerSpot reviewer
Service Delivery Manager at PeerSpot (formerly IT Central Station)
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What is your experience regarding pricing and costs for IBM Spectrum Protect?

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We all know it's really hard to get good pricing and cost information.

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

The price of IBM Spectrum Protect is expensive and there is only a standard licensing fee.

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István Dósa - PeerSpot reviewer
IT Architect at Effective Group Zrt.
Real User
Top 20
2022-07-11T06:10:00Z
Jul 11, 2022

Spectrum Protect is not a cheap option.

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

I am not in a position to comment on the licensing terms, as this is handled by the central team.

Alexander Heindl - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior System Engineer at Generali
Real User
Top 10
2021-12-15T22:25:18Z
Dec 15, 2021

Licensing costs are a little high but it's not too expensive.

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

We have very non-standard license conditions, so I can not comment on this

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

Price and storage are an issue no matter which software you are using. It depends on what our customers ask for. If they want the sky, they will have to pay for it. It all depends on what they need. How much it does cost. The pricing depends on what products you intend to. For example, it's one price if you are using an agent for Oracle, but the price is different if you are only using basic backup and restore. It could be $15 to $25 for one license. It's very complicated. Licensing is a pain.

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

The pricing model of this solution is another difficult area, it's very sophisticated in the way they charge. It's based on PBU, which is a type of processor, how, many processors, and you need to put everything into an equation. However, they have different ways of charging or licensing. One way is a back-end volume or front-end volume, which is quite complicated.

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

The solution is a bit expensive, especially if you look at other competitors. They cost less. The licensing could be more competitive.

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

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.

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

The pricing is costly.

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

We have a special license, the name of which is escaping me at the moment, which grants us use for an unlimited number of years. We must pay for a full license.

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

We are paying for support and maintenance on a monthly basis. It is approximately $124.00 USD per month for the entire company.

Wira Chinwong - PeerSpot reviewer
Service Director at scsi co.,ltd
Real User
Top 5
2021-05-08T13:38:36Z
May 8, 2021

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.

GB
Manager - Storage & Backup at a pharma/biotech company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 20
2021-04-05T20:01:23Z
Apr 5, 2021

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.

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

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.

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

The solution can get pretty expensive. They also charge an extra license if you would like to go to the cloud. The solution charges companies a licensing fee on a yearly basis on the front-end. You pay at the beginning of the year.

DJ
Director at Magnamious Systems Pvt. Ltd.
Reseller
Top 5
2021-02-03T14:02:35Z
Feb 3, 2021

It is expensive.

Thiago Souza - PeerSpot reviewer
Solutions Architect at Net Place
MSP
Top 5
2021-02-02T16:54:59Z
Feb 2, 2021

The solution is expensive.

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

The licensing process is very unclear and a bit complicated. Many of our clients have trouble figuring it out. They'll buy a license and then they find out the limits are wrong.

KV
IT Infrastructure Engineer at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Reseller
Top 20
2020-12-09T11:04:11Z
Dec 9, 2020

It is really expensive. Its price is not good for Latin America. Its price is good for the United States or Europe.

JD
Spectrum Protect Specialist at a computer software company with 201-500 employees
MSP
Top 20
2020-11-04T19:25:32Z
Nov 4, 2020

The pricing is average. It's not expensive, it's not cheap. It's not the cheapest, it's not the most expensive. It's very good value for money I would say.

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

We have capacity licensing. We use the front end. The capacity licensing is pretty okay on the licensing price. I used to use the old PVU-based licensing in the early environment, but now we use capacity-based licensing.

MO
Senior Storage Architect at a computer software company with 201-500 employees
MSP
2020-10-06T06:57:37Z
Oct 6, 2020

The pricing is quite good and very competitive in the market.

AL
IT Infrastructure and Architecture Manager at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
2020-10-04T06:40:20Z
Oct 4, 2020

It is fairly reasonable as compared to other solutions in the market.

Beat Halter - PeerSpot reviewer
Head of Cloud & Systems at Abraxas Informatik AG
Real User
2020-10-04T06:40:20Z
Oct 4, 2020

I'm not sure what the licensing fees are but I believe they are substantial.

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

The licensing fees are between $8,000 and $10,000 per year.

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

I don't have any information about the pricing of the solution other than to say it's a little bit higher than we would like.

Tomas-Dalebjörk - PeerSpot reviewer
IT Architect at CGI
Real User
2020-04-27T13:09:00Z
Apr 27, 2020

IBM provides an open license policy, which is more like a gentlemen's agreement. One can go with either a PVU licensing model or a capacity based licensing model. Either solution does not block the usage, if over used.

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

The licensing fees are on a yearly basis, which for us it is about R400,000 (approximately $27,000 USD). The additional costs depend on your backup technology. For example, if you are using tape technology then it depends on the type of tape and how many you purchase every month. It could cost about R10,000 (approximately $650 USD), or so. The pricing is a little expensive for our current employer, so they want to move to a cheaper solution. Currently, pricing with IBM is based on sockets and the cost depends on the machine or server. Even if you don't have anything hectic running on the host, you are still paying for the whole host. This is something that should be improved. If it wasn't for the price we would most likely still be using it.

JP
Engineer at a pharma/biotech company with 501-1,000 employees
Real User
2018-12-12T10:23:00Z
Dec 12, 2018

The pricing of the solution is high in comparison to other products on the market. For example, Symantec costs less than this solution.

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

The product is low cost. It is very cool when we design it to using licensing based on post capacity.

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

There may be an advantage to going with IBM in terms of pricing. They have a pay-as-you-grow policy, so there is no need to take one license for the entire datacenter. You can start with small licenses and then grow, and pay, as you use more.

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The licensing isn't very clear. They should work to simply or clarify the cost structure.
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IT Infrastructure Engineer at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
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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.
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