IBM Spectrum Protect Plus is the modern complement to IBM Spectrum Protect (formerly Tivoli Storage Manager; see Evaluator Group’s separate Spectrum Protect Product Brief). It was specifically designed to protect virtualized environments. Spectrum Protect Plus provides protection and recovery for applications, containers, databases, files and virtual machines (VMs). It also enables the reuse of secondary datasets for workloads other than data protection. The software can be implemented standalone, or it can be integrated as a feature extension of Spectrum Protect, whereby Spectrum Protect serves as a data offload target.
Ease of use and management simplicity, supported through its agentless approach and the ability to deploy the software as a self-contained, pre-configured Open Virtual Appliance (OVA), are key design aspects of Spectrum Protect Plus.
Sources for data protection are the application/database, container and VM datastores. IBM Spectrum Protect supports the VMware ESXi and Microsoft Hyper-V hypervisors. As of October 2019, it integrates with Kubernetes and Container Storage Interface (CSI) snapshots to allow persistent container data to be backed up, recovered and stored for long-term retention (support for Red Hat OpenShift is slated for 1Q20). It can protect a number of physical and virtual databases, as well as IBM DB2, Oracle, MongoDB, and Microsoft SQL Server databases hosted in AWS.
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