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IBM Spectrum Protect for Databases - Software Subscription and Support Rene

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  • Software Subscription and Support Renewal (1 year)
  • 10 PVUs
  • Passport Advantage Express
  • Linux
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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
Model: for Databases
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 for Databases - Software Subscription and Support Rene is rated 3.8 out of 5 by 15.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Deduplication and compression are the most valuable features. Valuable FeaturesThe deduplication and compression are the most valuable features.Improvements to My OrganizationWe can get lots of storage space. Storage is a big problem. Deduplication gives me a lot more flexibility so I can do more backup in the same storage space.Room for ImprovementI would like to see:* More flexibility* More features* More scalability. I would like it to work with different storage solutions.* There's a limitation with the cloud container. That is a limitation in terms of what it can do with the cloud.* I would like them to increase functionality in cloud containers.* Easier to learn: It's too complex. It takes long time to learn.I would like more feature on Inline dedupelication.1. Move data from one container pool to another container pool2. Move cloud storage container to another cloud storage container3. Currently, Inline deduplication you can copy to tape but cannot restore any data. I know it is in road map to restore from tape4. If the Inline deduplication has a issue, You need to restore whole container pool before repair command is issue.5. If your container pool is very large means few 30 to 40 TB. It can days to restore container pool. If you like to restore to another location, You need lots of space. That can be issue.Stability IssuesStability is 50/50. They come out with fixes, but then they break some other stuff. I am constantly fighting with them to fix some new stuff. As they put out the new patches, they break something else. It's very complicated product, so they can't cover every possible scenario.Scalability IssuesThe scalability is extremely good.Technical SupportI use technical support all the time. I would evaluate them depending upon who is helping me and what kind of problem is being dealt with. Sometimes it's frustrating, because I want to go to Level-2 support. Sometimes they take too long to go to Level-2. It then took them too long before they called me back. They have to improve the process to call back right away.Previous SolutionsWe knew it was time for a new solution because we were using Backup Exec before and it was not meant to be an enterprise backup solution. We were looking for some kind of enterprise backup system, and we had too many backup solutions.We had one for ERX, one for Linux, and one for NetWare. We used NetWare and Windows, so we had to consolidate all the backup solutions into one backup solution.We found that TSM was the best, as we can back up any OS.Initial SetupI was involved in the initial setup. It was straightforward.Other Solutions ConsideredNetBackup was on my shortlist. Back then, they were not running on Windows and they ran on Unix. I was not a Unix guy for too long, and I wanted to feel comfortable with the OS. I came from a mainframe background. It's more flexible, and it can back up a cross-platform backup to any platform. That's a good feature, and they have it. You don't need a different backup solution and a different OS for each platform.Other AdviceIt depends upon the company and what they're looking for. It's an expensive product, but it works really well. You can install it on any platform. It's not a perfect product. There's always bug and there's always something going on.When selecting a vendor, we look for support, how long they have been in business, and how often they do product upgrades.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2017-11-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from apart from restoring data that has been inadvertently deleted or corrupted, we also use Spectrum Protect in conjunction with Spectrum Scale. Valuable Featuresa. Incremental foreverb. We have approximately 4.5PB’s of front end data and a 12 hour backup window.However, by backing up only the changed data, we average around 75TB per night. If we had to do full backups, even occasionally, we would not be able to complete the backup within 12 hours, or we would have to make a large investment to fit a full backup within the 12 hour window.Improvements to My OrganizationWell, apart from restoring data which has been inadvertently deleted or corrupted, we also use Spectrum Protect ( https://www.itcentralstation.com/products/ibm-spectrum-protect ) in conjunction with Spectrum Scale.As the tape storage pool for HSM (inactive) data, this leaves a stub file in Spectrum Scale's GPFS file system and moves the file data to the LTO6 tape based storage pools -- so it vastly reduces the cost of the overall services, whilst maintaining Nearline access to the files.Room for Improvement* Reporting* Ease of useUse of SolutionWe installed it this year, and we have used a prior version of the product (TSM) since 2004.Stability IssuesNo, we have found it to be an extremely reliable system.Scalability IssuesNo, scalability is one of its key capabilities.Technical SupportLocal in country L2 is average. Offshore L3 is okay, but not as good as they used to be.Previous SolutionsYes, it wasn't scalable enough, and client support was not as extensive.Initial SetupYou do need to know what you are doing to setup the platform, so invest in doing the design work upfront before deploying.Pricing, Setup Cost and LicensingAt scale, the consumption license (per TB) is very expensive, so generally, licensing the hosts running the software (both Target and Source), this does mean you will need to work out the PVU for each client, but you can use the License Metric Tool to make this easier.Other Solutions ConsideredThat was really too long ago to be of any use. However, I would suggest that at scale today, only Commvault ( https://www.itcentralstation.com/products/commvault ) and now Veeam ( https://www.itcentralstation.com/products/veeam-backup-replication ), would be the products to compare it against.Other AdviceMake sure your people have the right skills. You have a design, setup your automation policies so it doesn’t need manual intervention, and have your admins investigating and resolving the exception.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2017-09-19
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
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