IBM Spectrum Protect for Databases - Software Subscription and Support Rein

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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.

IBM Spectrum Protect for Databases - Software Subscription and Support Rein is rated 3.9 out of 5 by 19.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incremental Forever backup optimizes our costs of media and storage Primary Use CaseMy first use case was a big company with 16 subsidiaries. We implemented the TSM Server, v6.1, with Exchange, VMware, Oracle, File System backup, and DRM ( /categories/digital-rights ). Today, this company uses IBM Spectrum Protect ( /products/ibm-spectrum-protect-reviews ) 8.1 with all items mentioned plus cloud backup with cloud containers. It's about seven years of partnership.BenefitsWith IBM Spectrum Protect ( /products/ibm-spectrum-protect-reviews ), we optimize our costs of media and storage use, thanks to the Incremental Forever backup. The TDP software provides us many ways to protect our data, so we don't need to use monstrous scripts for doing backups now. My life is easier and the environment administration is simple.Valuable FeaturesAll features help me meet my requirements, but I love the TDP for VMware because of the web interface and the possibilities provided by this tool. It's amazing.Room for ImprovementIn my opinion, the Hyper-V ( /products/hyper-v-reviews ) and SQL Server ( /products/sql-server-reviews ) backup could be improved. In the 2016 version there was a significant improvement, but I think IBM has a big challenge with these technologies.Use of SolutionMore than five years.Previous SolutionsIn some small clients, we worked with Veritas Backup Exec ( /products/veritas-backup-exec-reviews ), but just for small environments as a low cost option.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2018-10-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It scales significantly higher than anything else Primary Use CaseThe primary use case for Spectrum Protect is as an enterprise back-end for companies' top database products, email, VMware, etc. We use it internally and promote that to our customers. It performs extremely well.Our infrastructure is on-premise.When I help architect our customer solutions, we are primarily recommending flash for the catalog of the database, then a NL-SAS big storage bowl. We do have some tape, but we recommend going into the container bowl and replicating to a second site, whether that be a cloud container or a customer's on-premise at a second site.I architect solutions. One of my biggest customers is managing three Spectrum Protect environments, two large footprints, and one medium footprint. Currently, they are doing two-site replication. They are experimenting with cloud containers (just in the early stages).BenefitsData reduction definitely reduces costs, not only software costs, but from the infrastructure needed. Then, the ability to replicate second copy to cloud helps reduce their infrastructure and management costs (for that infrastructure) by being able to send encrypted, secure information over the internet.Valuable FeaturesThe software-defined ability to do data reduction through deduplication and compression, as well as being able to replicate data to a cloud container.Room for ImprovementSingle store: The ability to mark an archive from my backup for long-term retention.A lot of my customers always ask for legal holds, especially on email.Use of SolutionMore than five years.Stability IssuesIt is definitely a very robust solution. The biggest thing is follow the blueprints. IBM has done a great job documenting what the blueprints are. If you pay attention to those and follow them, you will avoid a lot of pitfalls.Scalability IssuesThe blueprints are awesome. From everything that I have see out there from competitors' products, Spectrum Protect scales significantly higher than anything else that I have seen.Spectrum Protect will meet our customers' growth plans.Customer Service and Technical SupportTechnical support will always be a challenge. The biggest thing is you have to be very clear in defining what your needs and urgencies are. Though, they have gotten a lot better over time.Initial SetupOur team was involved in the initial setup, and it was fairly complex.Other Solutions ConsideredThe main competitors usually evaluated: EMC and Commvault ( /products/commvault-reviews ).Other AdviceI would recommend Spectrum Protect.Most important criteria for my customers when selecting a vendor: An enterprise backup solution which could cover multiple Clients, environments, and databases.Disclaimer: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer:Partner.
Date published: 2018-10-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It saves you storage and improves performance Primary Use CaseIts primary use case is backup and recall for enterprises.We were looking for an enterprise solution, and we found Spectrum Protect. It is more enterprise backup and that is what you want.I am managing two Spectrum Protect system plus one tests.We are not using cloud storage currently, nor are we planning to in the future.I am working to implement Spectrum Protect PlusBenefits* It saves you a lot of storage.* Our performance is better.* Our product is running better than it was previously, which is huge.My organization loves it, because they say it is one of the best product they have ever used.Valuable Features* Deduplication* Data compression* There are a lot more features that we can use versus the previous product.Room for ImprovementI want to see better compression than what it currently does. I heard that 8.1.5 has better compression.There are more features, but I want test earlier, therefore we can do more bugging for the compression feature.Use of SolutionMore than five years.Stability IssuesStability is good.However, depending upon what feature you turn on, you might run into more problems, then it is not stable. For example, when we started with deduplication, it was not working correctly. I spent so many hours with IBM support and development. They were not able to figure out what was going on and why. It was really a nightmare. We spent more hours working this product issue than I spent with my family.Scalability IssuesScalability is good. The product is so scalable and vast.They need to do a better job on Windows, because if you are running Windows, the scalability is more limited than AIX and Linux.We plan to add on more Spectrum Protects in the future.Customer Service and Technical SupportThe technical support is good. I prefer talking to the Level 2 support, because I feel that the Level 1 support sometimes wastes too much of my time.Previous SolutionsWe needed a better enterprise backup because we were backing up OS-specific backup products with OS only. Thus, we had too many backup products for each OS separately. This was a nightmare to backup. Therefore, we decided to get an all-in-one backup.Initial SetupThe initial setup was easy, but I did struggle with it with no training as I was new to the product. I did do a good job, though.Other Solutions ConsideredWe also evaluated NetBackup.Other AdviceMost important criteria when selecting a vendor:* OS compatibility* Scalability* Pricing, etc.Disclaimer: IT Central Station contacted the reviewer to collect the review and to validate authenticity. The reviewer was referred by the vendor, but the review is not subject to editing or approval by the vendor.
Date published: 2018-10-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It lets your company grow without losing confidence.​ Valuable FeaturesScalability, it lets your company grow without losing confidence.Improvements to My OrganizationSignificantly reduced recovery time.Room for ImprovementAll departments.Use of Solution19 years.Stability IssuesNo.Scalability IssuesNo.Customer Service and Technical SupportVery good.Previous SolutionsYes, policy of growth and utilization of the structure.Initial SetupThe planning and its structure all went smoothly.Pricing, Setup Cost and LicensingUse licensing "FRONT END".Other Solutions ConsideredNo.Other AdviceHave the right advice through and get a specialized partner.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2017-11-10
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
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