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"I would say flexibility is the most important feature of the product. The performance and speed are the best on the market.""Dell EMC PowerProtect Data Manager is user-friendly and easy to use. it does what it needs to do.""The deduplication is the most valuable feature because it helps to control the overhead."

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"The most valuable feature of this solution is the centralized enterprise backup.""In the past, one of the most valuable features, and the biggest advantage, was the incremental forever feature. Not many other backup vendors provided that. In the pre-virtualization environment, it was very robust and simple technology, especially writing to tape.""The most valuable features are the stability and also how it's seamlessly integrated with other IBM offerings.""SPIR is Instant Recovery for Spectrum Protect. It sends snapshots using space efficiently and blocking backups to the Spectrum Protect server. It provisions the snapshot from the backup server to the same or new server near instantly.""The feature we have found most valuable is when you want to integrate it with a Tape Library and then do the DRM life cycle. That is when it works the best.""Support of the IBM X platform and the backup data replication to DR are the most valuable features.""You can scale the product.""We have been using it for several years, and it is quite reliable and predictable. We are quite comfortable with this solution. They're coming up with new features as well. It has good scalability, and it provides good integrations with business-critical applications or databases, such as SAP HANA. It works as expected, and we don't see any issues."

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Cons
"The Dell EMC PowerProtect Data Manager reports could improve. There should be different kinds of reports on failures, such as dashboards that we can submit to top management or auditors.""There is always room for improvement. The compression ratio should be improved as well as the efficiency.""As a new product, there are some things that still need to improve a bit as it matures."

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"It has a lot of areas for improvement. Its reporting for job completion or incompletion can be improved. It should also provide a granular recovery, ease of operation, data life cycle management, and media management. It should support a backup in such a format that in case of a disaster, one can start the virtual machine out of the backup itself. Its reliability can also be better. It is also expensive, and their support is also poor.""There needs to be a bit more automation.""They do not have a unified GUI, they only work on CLI and operations center, which is really complicated for the installation and configuration.""Better integration with other tools and databases is needed.""When it comes to virtualization in IBM it's not perfect.""In a future release, it would be a benefit to have the ability to add an application as a storage target, as a storage pool. Additionally, they should add more functionality to the administration for the Operation Center.""The licensing isn't very clear. They should work to simply or clarify the cost structure.""The reporting could be better."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "The licensing costs and pricing model are based on capacity and the license is easy to upgrade."
  • "The price of Dell EMC PowerProtect Data Manager is reasonable."
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  • "The licensing fees are between $8,000 and $10,000 per year."
  • "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."
  • "It is fairly reasonable as compared to other solutions in the market."
  • "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."
  • "It is really expensive. Its price is not good for Latin America. Its price is good for the United States or Europe."
  • "It is expensive."
  • "The solution is expensive."
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    Questions from the Community
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    Dell EMC PowerProtect Data Manager is user-friendly and easy to use. it does what it needs to do.
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    The Dell EMC PowerProtect Data Manager reports could improve. There should be different kinds of reports on failures, such as dashboards that we can submit to top management or auditors.
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    IBM Spectrum Protect offers stable software and products.
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    We have very non-standard license conditions, so I can not comment on this
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    The solution is quite outdated compared with others and I feel IBM to be lagging a step or two behind other vendors. We have received user complaints about the user interface. There is a need to… more »
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    Also Known As
    PowerProtect, Dell EMC PowerProtect
    IBM TSM, IBM Tivoli Storage Manager
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    Overview

    The Dell EMC PowerProtect Software is called a platform and provides data protection, replication and re-use. It supports long-term retention in the public cloud and is described as a multi-cloud product. Dell EMC slide. Backed up data and virtual machines data are live mounted by VMs in client servers.

    IBM Spectrum Protect (Tivoli Storage Manager) is a data protection platform that gives enterprises a single point of control and administration for backup and recovery. It is the flagship product in the IBM Spectrum Protect (Tivoli Storage Manager) family. It enables reliable, cost effective backups and fast recovery for virtual, physical and cloud environments of all sizes.
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    Sample Customers
    Rushmore Electric, Melanson Health, Arrow Electronics
    CERN, Einstein Healthcare, Nyherji, Allianz Australia, TZM, ABT Online, NCT, Kindred Healthcare Inc., Cobalt Iron, TransGrid, Baptist Health of Northeast Florida, Cash America, Piedmont Healthcare, RWGV, Arkansas Tech University, British Columbia Institute of Technology
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    Computer Software Company34%
    Comms Service Provider15%
    Energy/Utilities Company7%
    Government6%
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    Healthcare Company16%
    Financial Services Firm14%
    Insurance Company8%
    University8%
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    Computer Software Company32%
    Comms Service Provider21%
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    Small Business31%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise56%
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    Small Business13%
    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise70%
    Find out what your peers are saying about Dell EMC PowerProtect Data Manager vs. IBM Spectrum Protect and other solutions. Updated: January 2022.
    563,148 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Dell EMC PowerProtect Data Manager is ranked 34th in Backup and Recovery Software with 3 reviews while IBM Spectrum Protect is ranked 11th in Backup and Recovery Software with 45 reviews. Dell EMC PowerProtect Data Manager is rated 8.4, while IBM Spectrum Protect is rated 7.8. The top reviewer of Dell EMC PowerProtect Data Manager writes "The ratio of deduplication is very high and it has good performance ". On the other hand, the top reviewer of IBM Spectrum Protect writes "Great stability, reliability, and scalability, but very difficult to manage and get support". Dell EMC PowerProtect Data Manager is most compared with Dell EMC Avamar, Dell EMC NetWorker, Veeam Backup & Replication, Commvault and Nutanix Mine, whereas IBM Spectrum Protect is most compared with IBM Spectrum Protect Plus, Veeam Backup & Replication, Commvault, Cohesity DataProtect and Azure Backup. See our Dell EMC PowerProtect Data Manager vs. IBM Spectrum Protect report.

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