TSM for your Enterprise Backup
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September 24, 2019

TSM for your Enterprise Backup

Score 9 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Tivoli Storage Manager

IT department uses TSM for daily backups and restores. It also handles DR replication from a Fastback appliance located elsewhere.
  • The concept of "forever incremental" is very appealing to my understanding of how backups should happen.
  • The backups are tuned for fast restores and they sure are fast.
  • The media management is very good.
  • It may have a significant learning curve for people unfamiliar CLI.
  • The database can become corrupt and will require repairs. I have not had a case when I lost any data or inventory though.
  • Simple, care free backups, especially if you do not use tapes and do not have to manage those.
  • Very fast restores as the libraries have everything available online.
  • Ease of locating the necessary data to restore
We had a 3rd party support which was very good.

Do you think Tivoli Storage Manager delivers good value for the price?

Yes

Are you happy with Tivoli Storage Manager's feature set?

Yes

Did Tivoli Storage Manager live up to sales and marketing promises?

Yes

Did implementation of Tivoli Storage Manager go as expected?

Yes

Would you buy Tivoli Storage Manager again?

Yes

Large scale installations with traditional client agent backups. This does not suit pure virtual environments. Having said that, TSM does have another product specifically for the virtual environment. We have not used it.
Another positive point is that the clients can be configured to have separate individual storage which is important when considering GDPR compliance.

Tivoli Storage Manager Feature Ratings

Universal recovery
10
Live recovery
10
Recovery verification
Not Rated
Business application protection
Not Rated
Multiple backup destinations
10
Incremental backup identification
10
Backup to the cloud
Not Rated
Deduplication and file compression
10
Snapshots
Not Rated
Flexible deployment
Not Rated
Management dashboard
Not Rated
Platform support
10
Retention options
10
Encryption
10