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Likelihood to Recommend

Commvault

It is well suited when you need to do backups in just one place for your PCs, physical servers, and virtual environments. If you have a lot of servers, the deduplication really helps in saving storage space, so you will save money. The licensing methods work well for almost all the scenarios that you could have in your company. For example, you can license for elements, and elements can be a server, so if these servers host your DWH you could save some money. The negative is that you cannot mix the licensing methods, so you can pick for elements or for space. The best will depend on your needs.
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IBM Spectrum Protect Plus

I think that larger environments with a higher percentage of physical systems that require backup along side the virutalization environment sticking with a single backup/archive solution such as Spectrum Protect with Spectrum Protect for VE is still the most efficient use of administrators' time and energy.For small shops that are looking for ease of use - this is a perfect fit.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Data Center Backup

Commvault
8.9
IBM Spectrum Protect Plus
8.9
Universal recovery
Commvault
8.2
IBM Spectrum Protect Plus
9.0
Live recovery
Commvault
8.4
IBM Spectrum Protect Plus
10.0
Recovery verification
Commvault
8.5
IBM Spectrum Protect Plus
10.0
Business application protection
Commvault
8.8
IBM Spectrum Protect Plus
8.4
Multiple backup destinations
Commvault
9.1
IBM Spectrum Protect Plus
10.0
Incremental backup identification
Commvault
9.1
IBM Spectrum Protect Plus
7.6
Backup to the cloud
Commvault
9.0
IBM Spectrum Protect Plus
7.6
Deduplication and file compression
Commvault
9.5
IBM Spectrum Protect Plus
10.0
Snapshots
Commvault
9.0
IBM Spectrum Protect Plus
10.0
Flexible deployment
Commvault
9.1
IBM Spectrum Protect Plus
7.6
Management dashboard
Commvault
8.6
IBM Spectrum Protect Plus
8.8
Platform support
Commvault
9.0
IBM Spectrum Protect Plus
7.6
Retention options
Commvault
9.3
IBM Spectrum Protect Plus
8.4
Encryption
Commvault
9.2
IBM Spectrum Protect Plus
10.0

Pros

Commvault

  • CommVault has the ability to backup data sets from a broad (maybe the broadest) set of technologies. Everything from traditional agent based backups, to bare metal, and the most modern virtual machine backups.
  • CommVault has steadily evolved with an been on the forefront of the evolution of the data center from physical machine to virtual machines to software driven solutions.
  • If you need to use VTL functionality, CommVault is still one of the best.
  • Reporting tools within CommVault are very strong out of the box and do not require any additional technology to leverage.
  • Releases of CommVault are typically well tested and easy to install in place or plan migrations.
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IBM Spectrum Protect Plus

  • Can meet my SLA
  • File Level Restore
  • Can clone the VM for reuse
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Cons

Commvault

  • The Java client (and only client) has been a pain point as it is very particular as to what version of Java you have running
  • Over the years the deduplication engine has been less than robust, much of which has been resolved in the latest version. There are still some deduplication gotchas that you need to plan and be prepared for. V11 is really the first version I would consider truly ready for prime time with lareg deduplication workloads.
  • Their windows agents still have a reliance on .Net which means not all upgrades are without a reboot. If you are not careful you can leave a system unprotected until it is rebooted.
  • The custom report engine requires you to understand the underlying database structure and needs to be improved to be more intuitive with selectable criteria and fields.
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IBM Spectrum Protect Plus

  • Incorporation of more touchless agents for physical servers.
  • Direct offload to tape - instead of requiring Spectrum Protect.
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Likelihood to Renew

Commvault

Commvault 9.3
Based on 5 answers
It is serving it's purpose and for companies that have a smaller IT staff, it is not time consuming to manage. Support for the product when needed has been very good and they are responsive when tickets are opened for support. The product is scalable so as we grow we can easily increase the resources as needed on the backend.
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IBM Spectrum Protect Plus

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Usability

Commvault

Commvault 9.0
Based on 5 answers
CommVault is extremely flexible, almost to a fault. If you can think a a weird and crazy way that you want set up a backup option, schedule or rentetion, this suite of software is more than likely able to do it.The ONLY time that I found where they couldn't do something was related to Content indexing and that was because of Microsoft's FAST engine. Luckily they have moved to One Pass so no problem anymore.
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IBM Spectrum Protect Plus

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Support

Commvault

Commvault 9.8
Based on 6 answers
Commvault support is some of the best vendor support I have worked with. Their staff are very knowledgeable across all tiers, they are always available to assist, their documentation is always up to date, etc. I have not run into any issues that Commvault support has not been able to help resolve.
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IBM Spectrum Protect Plus

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Implementation

Commvault

Commvault 9.5
Based on 2 answers
No Comment on implementing Crownpeak Universal Consent Platform
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IBM Spectrum Protect Plus

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Alternatives Considered

Commvault

Commvault is a one stop shop. it is a single pane of glass for your backup, archiving, and disaster recovery solutions. They are constantly improving their product and their support has been stellar. The backup agents and the ease of operation / administration is infinitely more intuitive than other products I have used. Navigation through the GUI is very easy. The learning curve is minimal. I have other business groups restoring their own data, and I can tailor what they see in the commcell browser to fit their needs.
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IBM Spectrum Protect Plus

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Return on Investment

Commvault

  • One positive thing is that CommVault gave us control of the protection of the company data in a way that we are sure that we can recover if something happens. In our experience, we have had 2 problems with the backups in the 2+ years we have been using it. Plus, support its really great.
  • Another positive impact is that with the global deduplication and compression, we have saved on storage costs (20% reduction) and also save time when we need to find and recover the data.
  • With the implementation of CommVault, we have successfully complied with the requirement of SOX control by protecting all our production environments that affect financial situations. In other words, now we are sure that we can recover and have not lost money because of downtime.
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IBM Spectrum Protect Plus

  • Cloud backup can be expensive and slow
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Commvault

Pricing Details

Commvault

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

IBM Spectrum Protect Plus

General

Free Trial
Yes
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Yes
Entry-level set up fee?
Optional

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