IBM Spectrum Protect is a great option for enterprise customers who need to back up a lot of data daily
February 03, 2022

IBM Spectrum Protect is a great option for enterprise customers who need to back up a lot of data daily

Alexandre Carvalho | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with IBM Spectrum Protect

To back up customers' environments, especially large enterprise ones (up to 130 TB per day of backups)
  • Backup and restore for enterprise customers
  • Incremental forever technology reduces storage needs (besides deduplication)
  • Can also protect virtual machines
  • Provides online backup for databases, mail servers, etc.
  • Deployment and configuration is not easy for an unexperienced IBM Spectrum Protect administrator
  • Operations center uses a lot of data and needs a lot of storage for larger environments
  • Have not seen a redbook about it in the past 10 years
  • Incremental technology really helps reduce storage needs for long-term backup retention
  • New deduplication storage pools eliminate the need for virtual or physical tape libraries
IBM has reduced the staff for IBM Spectrum Protect support. In some situations there are a lot of Sev1 cases opened and not enough support staff to take care of them.

Do you think IBM Spectrum Protect delivers good value for the price?

Yes

Are you happy with IBM Spectrum Protect's feature set?

Yes

Did IBM Spectrum Protect live up to sales and marketing promises?

I wasn't involved with the selection/purchase process

Did implementation of IBM Spectrum Protect go as expected?

Yes

Would you buy IBM Spectrum Protect again?

Yes

It is very complex for inexperienced admins. A lot of variables can be altered for better performance.
It is less appropriate for small clients/workloads, with not much data to back up, and not many servers. More suited for enterprise customers with hundreds of servers and several terabytes of data to back up daily.

Using IBM Spectrum Protect

ProsCons
Well integrated
Consistent
Unnecessarily complex
Slow to learn
Lots to learn
  • Run a backup from client GUI once server is configured
  • Configure IBM Spectrum Protect 4 virtual environments to backup VMs
  • Configure maintenance tasks like backing up your database; need to make sure you have set a password for it, configure your DR plan