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IBM Spectrum Protect - Software Subscription and Support Renewal (1 year)

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  • Software Subscription and Support Renewal (1 year)
  • 10 PVUs
  • Passport Advantage Express
  • Linux
  • Win
  • NW
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Product Overview
Main Features
  • Software Subscription and Support Renewal (1 year)
  • 10 PVUs
  • Passport Advantage Express
  • Linux
  • Win
  • NW
  • UNIX
IBM data protection solutions, featuring IBM Spectrum Protect, enable advanced data backup and data recovery for virtual, physical, cloud and software defined environments - as well as core applications and remote facilities. IBM Spectrum Protect solutions enable software defined storage environments, by delivering file, block and object data protection for IBM Spectrum Storage and other SDS environments; enable cloud data protection with OpenStack and REST support, cloud portal for multi-tenancy, IBM SoftLayer integration and hybrid cloud optimization; integrate with VMware and Hyper-V for efficient virtual machine data protection that includes hardware-assisted snapshots, copy management, incremental 'forever' backups and new self-service restore portal, initially for VMware; mitigate the risk of data loss with frequent snapshots, multi-site replication and disaster recovery management and reduce the total cost of data protection.

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General
Category: Networking applications
Installation Type: Locally installed
Subcategory: Network - storage management

Header
Brand: IBM
Compatibility: PC , Unix
Manufacturer: IBM
Packaged Quantity: 1
Product Line: IBM Spectrum Protect

Licensing
License Pricing: Volume

Service
Support Details Full Contract Period: 1 year

Service & Support
Type: New releases update

Service & Support Details
Service Type: New releases update



Response Time: 2 hours
Service Availability (Hours a Day): Business hours
Service Type: Phone consulting



Service Availability (Days a Week): Monday-Sunday
Service Availability (Hours a Day): 24 hours a day
Service Type: Emergency phone consulting



Service Type: Web knowledge base access



Service Type: E-mail consulting

Software
License Category: Maintenance
License Qty: 10 processor value units
License Type: Software Subscription and Support Renewal
License Validation Period: 1 year
Licensing Program: Passport Advantage Express

System Requirements
Platform: AIX , HP-UX , Linux , NetWare , Solaris , Solaris SPARC , Windows

Product Reviews
IBM Spectrum Protect - Software Subscription and Support Renewal ( 1 year ) is rated 3.8 out of 5 by 13.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The most valuable features are compression and deduplication. Valuable Features:The most valuable features of Spectrum Protect would be the compression and the deduplication.Improvements to My Organization:Besides the compression, the new feature of data replication has helped us. Based on the feature, we were able to decommission our tape media infrastructure.Room for Improvement:I am looking forward to new features in the next release.One of the main features is the cloud storage integration, which was one of my main required features. I've had more difficult experiences with other platforms than with this one.Use of Solution:I've been using the solution for about 15 years.Stability Issues:It's a very stable application. It was challenging at the beginning of the implementation of the replication and deduplication, but once it was completely deployed, it has been very stable.Scalability Issues:The scalability has been great. We were able to introduce and scale from the storage pools, as well as from all the backup infrastructures.Technical Support:I have used technical support. I've been fully engaged with IBM support and they've been very, very helpful.Previous Solutions:I've been using the same product for the last 15 years. I know it's been very reliable, so I've stayed with it.Initial Setup:The setup was challenging in certain areas. For the most part, based on the experience I had, I was able to accomplish it OK.Other Advice:I would highly recommend the proof of concept which is one thing that IBM provides with their lab services and other types of support. Especially with the new features and the cloud integration, that will be a great opportunity to introduce the new platform.The most important criteria is scalability and support. Support to me is key, since at the end of the day, we're providing service to the company. So far, the experience has been very good.I have been working with it for a few years now and I've touched other types of data protection platforms. So far, Spectrum Protector has been the best.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2017-06-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The most valuable features are compression and deduplication. Valuable Features:The most valuable features of Spectrum Protect would be the compression and the deduplication.Improvements to My Organization:Besides the compression, the new feature of data replication has helped us. Based on the feature, we were able to decommission our tape media infrastructure.Room for Improvement:I am looking forward to new features in the next release.One of the main features is the cloud storage integration, which was one of my main required features. I've had more difficult experiences with other platforms than with this one.Use of Solution:I've been using the solution for about 15 years.Stability Issues:It's a very stable application. It was challenging at the beginning of the implementation of the replication and deduplication, but once it was completely deployed, it has been very stable.Scalability Issues:The scalability has been great. We were able to introduce and scale from the storage pools, as well as from all the backup infrastructures.Technical Support:I have used technical support. I've been fully engaged with IBM support and they've been very, very helpful.Previous Solutions:I've been using the same product for the last 15 years. I know it's been very reliable, so I've stayed with it.Initial Setup:The setup was challenging in certain areas. For the most part, based on the experience I had, I was able to accomplish it OK.Other Advice:I would highly recommend the proof of concept which is one thing that IBM provides with their lab services and other types of support. Especially with the new features and the cloud integration, that will be a great opportunity to introduce the new platform.The most important criteria is scalability and support. Support to me is key, since at the end of the day, we're providing service to the company. So far, the experience has been very good.I have been working with it for a few years now and I've touched other types of data protection platforms. So far, Spectrum Protector has been the best.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2017-06-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It incorporates data reduction during all stages of the backup process. Valuable Features:The most valuable feature is the breadth of what it can do in an environment for backup protection of data. It's very scalable. Customers can adopt a Spectrum Protect solution at an entry level.As their environment grows, the solution will grow with it. They don't have to worry about purchasing additional vendor solutions to meet their backup and storage needs.Improvements to My Organization:With a single solution, a customer can manage all their data from a backup protection perspective. I think, single-handedly, the way that it does their backup is quite unique. It incorporates data reduction during all stages of the backup process. Customers can manage more data without incurring additional licensing costs.Room for Improvement:I would like to see IBM take the solution more into enabling customers to work with cloud solutions. While they are making great strides to do that today, I think there are some areas for growth required in that area.In addition to the hypervisors, whether it's VMware or Hyper-V, there are still some areas that I would like to see continued. So to sum up: Handling with the cloud and the hypervisor.Stability Issues:It's a very stable solution. It's been around for a very long time. Because of all that length of time it's been in use, it has become a very, very stable product.IBM does a great job of innovating and keeping the product current with their new roll-outs and new updates to the solution to meet the ever changing needs that customers are facing today in managing and protecting their data.Scalability Issues:It's really scalable. Great scalability.Technical Support:I personally have never used support, but we work with customers who do. We find that their support, on the average, is very good.Other Solutions Considered:We look for stability when first considering solutions. IBM, overall, brings the greatest set of solutions that can tackle a customer's storage needs. This is not just from a data protection perspective, but through the whole lifecycle of managing their data. IBM has a full spectrum of solutions they can bring for customers' needs.Other Advice:I would definitely do the research. Part of that research should include the IBM Spectrum Protect solution.One of the benefits they should always look at is the total cost of ownership of any solution. I think that's where Spectrum Protect really shines. You need to look past just the software costs.There are also going to be hardware costs, training costs, and services involved with it. You'll find that with Spectrum Protect, the total cost of ownership of implementing and maintaining the solution is going to be less than other vendors.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2017-06-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It incorporates data reduction during all stages of the backup process. Valuable Features:The most valuable feature is the breadth of what it can do in an environment for backup protection of data. It's very scalable. Customers can adopt a Spectrum Protect solution at an entry level.As their environment grows, the solution will grow with it. They don't have to worry about purchasing additional vendor solutions to meet their backup and storage needs.Improvements to My Organization:With a single solution, a customer can manage all their data from a backup protection perspective. I think, single-handedly, the way that it does their backup is quite unique. It incorporates data reduction during all stages of the backup process. Customers can manage more data without incurring additional licensing costs.Room for Improvement:I would like to see IBM take the solution more into enabling customers to work with cloud solutions. While they are making great strides to do that today, I think there are some areas for growth required in that area.In addition to the hypervisors, whether it's VMware or Hyper-V, there are still some areas that I would like to see continued. So to sum up: Handling with the cloud and the hypervisor.Stability Issues:It's a very stable solution. It's been around for a very long time. Because of all that length of time it's been in use, it has become a very, very stable product.IBM does a great job of innovating and keeping the product current with their new roll-outs and new updates to the solution to meet the ever changing needs that customers are facing today in managing and protecting their data.Scalability Issues:It's really scalable. Great scalability.Technical Support:I personally have never used support, but we work with customers who do. We find that their support, on the average, is very good.Other Solutions Considered:We look for stability when first considering solutions. IBM, overall, brings the greatest set of solutions that can tackle a customer's storage needs. This is not just from a data protection perspective, but through the whole lifecycle of managing their data. IBM has a full spectrum of solutions they can bring for customers' needs.Other Advice:I would definitely do the research. Part of that research should include the IBM Spectrum Protect solution.One of the benefits they should always look at is the total cost of ownership of any solution. I think that's where Spectrum Protect really shines. You need to look past just the software costs.There are also going to be hardware costs, training costs, and services involved with it. You'll find that with Spectrum Protect, the total cost of ownership of implementing and maintaining the solution is going to be less than other vendors.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2017-06-09
Rated 1 out of 5 by from I would like to see it simplified. It does not have instant recovery or object level recovery. Valuable Features:It covers all the different operating systems. If you need backup, it can pretty much do everything.Improvements to My Organization:I guess it keeps everything under one umbrella. So there are fewer products to deal with.Room for Improvement:I would like to see it simplified. Depending on what client you're talking about, there are lots of different features. There's instant recovery that it doesn't have. For the database side, it does not have object level recovery. There are just a slew of things that are lacking feature-wise. But the biggest problem is the complexity.Stability Issues:The stability is lacking. From the client side, which is my focus, it's very complicated.It doesn't have the features that a lot of other products have. It seems like they're always three to five years behind what other companies are doing.It's very hard to use. It's not user-friendly. It's not designed with the administrator in mind.Scalability Issues:I think from the server side, it scales very well. The client side is much more difficult to deal with. It's a lot of hands-on work with the client.Technical Support:I have used tech support, and I would rather chew off my left arm than have to deal with tech support.Initial Setup:I was involved in the installation and it was complex in every aspect.Other Solutions Considered:We are actually looking for different solutions right now.Other Advice:I would do a lot of research on all the vendors before I made a decision. It's expensive, it's hard to use, and takes a long time.The most important criteria when looking for a product is simplicity. We have a set of criteria for every client in terms of what it has to do. Being the backup window, the recovery is the most important thing. So make sure it can do the recovery the way you want it done, i.e., fast.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2017-06-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best Backup/Restore and Disaster Recovery software. Valuable Features:* Disaster Recovery module* Incremental backup* Flahcopy manager* VTL support* IBM Spectrum Protect Operation Center* Deduplication* Node replicationImprovements to My Organization:Using LTO6 technology you can store up to 10TB of compressed data.Very good performance with Virtual Tape Library technologyRoom for Improvement:Reporting via Operation Center.Use of Solution:5 years.Deployment Issues:No problems.Stability Issues:No problems.Scalability Issues:No problems.Customer Service:Excellent.Technical Support:Very good.Previous Solutions:No.Initial Setup:A little bit complex.Implementation Team:Through a vendor team and the level was not very high.Other Solutions Considered:No.Other Advice:Go ahead because this solution is very good.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2017-02-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It provides incremental-forever backup and disaster recovery management features. Valuable Features:* Incremental-forever backup: one-time full backup; then, incremental forever.* Data replication: removes the need for tape off-siting by replicating data from one management server to another (off-site). No need for storage replication as the replication is application-based.* Deduplication* Disaster recovery management: can provide assistance in managing DR media (tapes); also provides a DR plan based on current configuration.* Macros: can automate actions using scripts, native or via OS. Spectrum Protect can be configured/managed via the command line.* Library management: works very well with tape libraries.* Tape management: Tape management is excellent as well. It can create multiple copies in a single process (e.g., one primary tape, one copy tape at local site, one copy for vaulting). It can also recover damaged tapes.Improvements to My Organization:* Less backup/archive media* RPO/RTORoom for Improvement:The GUI needs improvement; it is not the best in the market. But hey, I didn't acquire this product to watch it all day. Configured properly, it can remove backup/archive operations from the admin's daily tasks.Use of Solution:I have used it for 16 years.Stability Issues:I have not encountered any stability issues.Scalability Issues:I have not encountered any scalability issues.Technical Support:Technical support is excellent.Previous Solutions:I previously used CA Arcserve ( https://www.itcentralstation.com/products/arcserve-udp ) and Veritas NetBackup ( https://www.itcentralstation.com/products/netbackup ).Initial Setup:It was easy to set up.Cost and Licensing Advice:Compare between capacity and PVUs.Other Solutions Considered:Before choosing this product, I evaluated CA Arcserve, Veritas NetBackup, and HP Data Protector ( https://www.itcentralstation.com/products/hpe-data-protector ).Other Advice:Forget about traditional backup strategies; focus on recovery.Disclaimer: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer:My company has been an IBM business partner for 14 years.
Date published: 2016-10-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best Backup/Restore and Disaster Recovery software. Valuable Features:* Disaster Recovery module* Incremental backup* Flahcopy manager* VTL support* IBM Spectrum Protect Operation Center* Deduplication* Node replicationImprovements to My Organization:Using LTO6 technology you can store up to 10TB of compressed data.Very good performance with Virtual Tape Library technologyRoom for Improvement:Reporting via Operation Center.Use of Solution:5 years.Deployment Issues:No problems.Stability Issues:No problems.Scalability Issues:No problems.Customer Service:Excellent.Technical Support:Very good.Previous Solutions:No.Initial Setup:A little bit complex.Implementation Team:Through a vendor team and the level was not very high.Other Solutions Considered:No.Other Advice:Go ahead because this solution is very good.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2016-07-04
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