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Mohamed Youssef
Sr. Pre-Sales Engineer at Advanced Technology Company
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Scalable and robust with good compatibility capabilities
Pros and Cons
  • "You can scale the product."
  • "It's difficult in terms of the configuration at set up. In our case, it required another admin, one person dedicated to the backup."

What is our primary use case?

We are using Spectrum as a backup solution. We use it to backup all of our data, which is different kinds of databases and software, with a virtualization environment. Also, we have more than a hundred remote sites. We are taking backups through Spectrum for all of those. 

What is most valuable?

The most valuable aspect is the fact that it combines all types of data. 

It's compatible with many other products, including Oracle, VMware, and Hyper V products.

The replication is great. 

The solution is robust and problem-free. We have not had any issues with Spectrum since we implemented it around 2012. 

The solution is very stable.

You can scale the product.

The management is pretty good and it covers all of our technical requirements. 

Technical support has been excellent. 

What needs improvement?

It's difficult in terms of the configuration at set up. In our case, it required another admin, one person dedicated to the backup.

Compared with others, the pricing is high.

There needs to be some sort of personalization within the environment. We cannot back up a shared storage desk through Spectrum.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've used the solution since 2012 or 2014. I've used it for more than seven years at this point. It's been a while.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The solution is very stable and very reliable. We've had no issues with it. There are no bugs or glitches. It doesn't crash or freeze. Over the years we have not had any issues. 

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The solution can scale, however, it's a matter of the license you have. That said, if you need to expand, you can.

How are customer service and technical support?

We've had a very positive experience with technical support. We are satisfied with their level of service. 

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I also have experience with Dell EMC. I use them both.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup can be a bit complex, specifically in terms of configuring everything. We had to bring on an extra admin to assist us.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

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

What other advice do I have?

We are partners with IBM.

I would rate the solution at a ten out of ten. We've been very happy with its capabilities. 

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: partner
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Unique Storage and Backup Engineer at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Boasts good technical support, performance and security
Pros and Cons
  • "We are talking about a stable solution which boasts good performance and security."
  • "I find the solution somewhat difficult to use with virtual environments or VMware."

What is our primary use case?

We use IBM Spectrum Protect as a backup solution. We do so with robots, each pair robot, making use of the LCO tapes. 

What needs improvement?

I find the solution somewhat difficult to use with virtual environments or VMware. 

The ability to schedule myVM on operation center should be addressed. 

Setting up the server is not easy; really difficult, in fact. It requires some skill sets. 

Automation should be added in the next release.

It is difficult for the Windows team, as it cannot make use of the solution. 

For how long have I used the solution?

IBM Spectrum Protect is a big solution. As such, I have been using it for four years. 

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The solution is stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The solution is scalable.

How are customer service and support?

I feel support to be good and they have resolved all issues of mine which have arisen. 

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I did not use a different solution prior to IBM Spectrum Protect. 

How was the initial setup?

Setting up the server is not easy; really difficult, in fact. It requires some skill sets. 

What about the implementation team?

In my previous job, I handled the installation independently. However, we currently have support, as well as the central architecture and the manager sites. When it comes to the initial setup or an upgrade, we work in tandem with their support.

We definitely need certain people to maintain the solution. In respect of just storage, a backup engineering team can work with the IBM Spectrum Protect solution. The Windows team cannot make use of the solution, which poses a challenge for it. 

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

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

What other advice do I have?

We are the client. At the moment, however, I am focusing on the project involving our migration and upgrading from Spectrum Protect 1.6, dot 7 to spectrum version 1.8. 

The solution is not deployed in the cloud, but onsite. 

I have experience working with TSM and have trained on the old versions of TSM 6.

Our team exclusively uses the solution. 

We are talking about a stable solution which boasts good performance and security.

I rate IBM Spectrum Protect as an eight or nine out of ten. 

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
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IT Infrastructure and Architecture Manager at a healthcare company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 20
A robust, stable, and easy to administer solution that allows us to directly back up virtual servers
Pros and Cons
  • "The feature that I have found the most valuable is that IBM Spectrum Protect is highly integrated with IBM ESS. In addition, it allows us to back up our virtual servers directly to take VM snapshots. It runs on Linux as well."
  • "They can include more cloud-enriching features. I would like IBM Spectrum Protect to have the functionality for backing up a VM directly in Azure. I would like to be able to back up a VM directly in Azure without spinning up a Hyper-V cluster and backing up the virtual server."

What is our primary use case?

We use IBM Spectrum Protect with another product from IBM called IBM ESS. IBM ESS allows us to open up multiple screens of the backup box or the soapbox when doing backups or restores. 

What is most valuable?

The feature that I have found the most valuable is that IBM Spectrum Protect is highly integrated with IBM ESS. In addition, it allows us to back up our virtual servers directly to take VM snapshots. It runs on Linux as well.

What needs improvement?

They can include more cloud-enriching features. I would like IBM Spectrum Protect to have the functionality for backing up a VM directly in Azure. I would like to back up a VM directly in Azure without spinning up a Hyper-V cluster and backing up the virtual server. 

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using this solution for over five years now.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It has always been stable. We never had any issues with it.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It is definitely scalable.

How are customer service and technical support?

Their technical support has been excellent. You always get the support that you require.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I have worked with Veeam Backup and Replication, Backup Exec, NetBackup, and Commvault. We switched because we are an IBM partner, and we preferred IBM technology.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was quite complex. 

What about the implementation team?

It was set up by IBM. We have six backup administrators. We have two backup administrators internally in our company, and we have four external backup administrators.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

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

What other advice do I have?

I would rate IBM Spectrum Protect an eight out of ten. It is very robust, stable, and easy to administer. The backup related to the cloud is the only challenge that we have with this product. We're happy with everything else. It is a good product.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

Private Cloud
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Noel Bezuidenhout
IBM Product & Technical Sales Specialist at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Real User
Top 20
Seamlessly integrated with other IBM offerings and has strong stability
Pros and Cons
  • "The most valuable features are the stability and also how it's seamlessly integrated with other IBM offerings."
  • "This product comes up against other products available that are marketed better but the other products that it's in competition with are a single product and this is one of IBM products. If it could be marketed as more for competitors I think that's where it comes short."

What is our primary use case?

Our primary use cases are for data protection and data backup.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features are the stability and also how it's seamlessly integrated with other IBM offerings.

What needs improvement?

Their marketing needs improvement. I don't think it's market correct.

This product comes up against other products available that are marketed better but the other products that it's in competition with are a single product and this is one of IBM products. If it could be marketed as more for competitors I think that's where it comes short. 

There are massive choices when it comes to data backup, in terms of products. VMware is known on the market, for example. But VMware only can market that. IBM on the other hand has 20,000 products and the Spectrum Protect does not get the same presence in the market, because of the vastness of the organization. But a competitor, VMware, only has to market that product offering that they have because that's all they have. IBM has to market their solution better.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using IBM Spectrum Protect for five years. 

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It's very stable. 

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It's highly scalable. 

How are customer service and technical support?

Their support is excellent. 

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was complex.

What other advice do I have?

The capability of the product now has been remarketed in IBM. So IBM Spectrum Protect is part of the Spectrum Suite. If you've got time, look at that. There are about 17 software-defined products that all interlink with each other. You'll get maximum usage out of the Spectrum Suite. I would recommend it.

The Spectrum that we know now was the old IBM Tivoli Storage Manager. Check up on Utility Storage Manager. IBM repackaged it as part of their fully software-defined offering. And one of the Spectrum Suite products is Spectrum Protect.

I would rate IBM Spectrum Protect an eight out of ten. 

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

Hybrid Cloud
Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Partner
Architecte Technique at a retailer with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 20
Stable and easy to use, but better integration with third-party solutions is needed
Pros and Cons
  • "The interface is easy to use."
  • "Better integration with other tools and databases is needed."

What is our primary use case?

We are a technology provider and IBM Spectrum Protect is one of the solutions that we are certified in. Our customers are using it for databases and applications.

What is most valuable?

The interface is easy to use.

What needs improvement?

Better integration with other tools and databases is needed. Some examples of this are Oracle RMAN and Veeam.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been working with Spectrum Protect for three years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The stability is ok. We are working with different databases and different clients, and we haven't had any issues.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Scalability is good.

How are customer service and technical support?

The technical support is good but it isn't easy to convince somebody to use it more often because of the cost.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I have used similar products by several different vendors and I feel that many of them are better than IBM Spectrum Protect. For example, Veeam is better because it provides better protection for a physical server. They offer both an on-premises and a virtual edition.

How was the initial setup?

I think that the initial setup is simple, although the solution overall is somewhat complex in terms of detail. Our deployment took one month to complete because it took time to identify the full workload.

We were able to deploy it for databases on four or five systems, some of which are not Windows-based. We have different technologies in use.

What other advice do I have?

This is a product that I recommend, although I think it depends on the sizing of your IT systems. That said, there is a need to have a solution that is recognized by most companies.

Overall, I feel that this is an average product. In my opinion, there are many competing products that are better than Spectrum Protect.

I would rate this solution a five out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
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IT Infrastructure Engineer at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Reseller
Top 20
Good functionality and perfect for medium and big companies, but needs better pricing and support
Pros and Cons
  • "It is good in terms of functionality. My clients are very satisfied with this solution."
  • "Its price can be better. It is very expensive. Its interface is very old and not user friendly. They can improve its interface. Their support can also be better. My clients are not very satisfied with the support because they are not really quick."

What is our primary use case?

We implement this product for our clients and customers. We configure this solution for the requirement of the customers. 

We have hybrid deployments. It is deployed in the cloud and on-premises, and we are using the latest version.

What is most valuable?

It is good in terms of functionality. My clients are very satisfied with this solution.

What needs improvement?

Its price can be better. It is very expensive. 

Its interface is very old and not user friendly. They can improve its interface.

Their support can also be better. My clients are not very satisfied with the support because they are not really quick. 

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using IBM Spectrum Protect for three years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It has good stability.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It has medium scalability. Most of our clients are medium-sized companies.

How are customer service and technical support?

My clients are not very satisfied with the support because they are not really quick. Sometimes, you get good support, and sometimes, you don't.

How was the initial setup?

It has medium complexity. We have a lot of experience in implementing this solution, and that's why it is easy for us, but the other partners of IBM say that it is not easy to set up.

The deployment duration depends on the clients and their setup. Generally, it takes one to two months.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

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

What other advice do I have?

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.

Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Reseller
Sr. Consultant, pSeries & Open Systems at Glasshouse Systems
Reseller
Top 5
Beneficial centralized backup, highly scalable, and stable
Pros and Cons
  • "The most valuable feature of this solution is the centralized enterprise backup."
  • "The solution could be more user-friendly and provide better monitoring. The monitoring should be improved first since it is a higher priority."

What is our primary use case?

IBM Spectrum Protect server runs on Linux and collects the backups from the clients. Either direct clients, backup archive clients, or through a proxy in the case of VM, which is TDA.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature of this solution is the centralized enterprise backup.

What needs improvement?

The solution could be more user-friendly and provide better monitoring. The monitoring should be improved first since it is a higher priority.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using IBM Spectrum Protect for approximately 30 years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

IBM Spectrum Protect is stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

I have found IBM Spectrum Protect to be highly scalable, it can scale up to 1,000.

How are customer service and support?

I was in the IBM Spectrum Protect support myself and it is high quality.

How was the initial setup?

The installation could be improved, it takes a lot of effort.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

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.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I have evaluated Veeam.

What other advice do I have?

IBM Spectrum Protect is very good for high volume enterprise costs. If you are a small to medium-sized business I would choose a cheaper and more straightforward solution, such as Veeam.

I would rate IBM Spectrum Protect approximately a six out of ten for small to medium businesses but for enterprise companies, I would rate it a ten out of ten.

When combining all factors, I rate IBM Spectrum Protect an eight out of ten.

Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Partner
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Director at Magnamious Systems Pvt. Ltd.
Reseller
Top 20
Support of the IBM X platform and the backup data replication to DR are valuable, but it needs a lot of improvements
Pros and Cons
  • "Support of the IBM X platform and the backup data replication to DR are the most valuable features."
  • "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."

What is our primary use case?

We use it for backup.

What is most valuable?

Support of the IBM X platform and the backup data replication to DR are the most valuable features.

What needs improvement?

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. 

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using this solution for the past five to six years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

From a security point of view, there are fewer concerns about the backup as long as you encrypt the data.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It is scalable. The scalability also depends on your network architecture, etc.

How are customer service and technical support?

Their technical support is very poor. We are not very happy with them.

How was the initial setup?

Its initial setup is complex. It took three to four days.

What about the implementation team?

My team members handle the deployment. The number of people required depends on the number of IT assets that we are trying to protect.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

It is expensive.

What other advice do I have?

I would recommend it depending on the use cases, but it is better to avoid IBM now. It is a new era of other solutions. IBM should catch up or allow itself to become extinct.

I would rate IBM Spectrum Protect a five out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: reseller
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