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 designed to protect and recover virtualized environments; today, the product supports applications, containers, databases, files, and virtual machines (VMs). IBM Spectrum Protect Plus 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 Plus supports the VMware ESXi and Microsoft Hyper-V hypervisors. It can protect a number of physical and virtual databases, including IBM DB2, Microsoft SQL Server, MongoDB, and Oracle databases hosted in AWS. The June 2020 10.1.5 release added support for Microsoft Office 365, AWS EC2 instances, and VMware Cloud on AWS VMs, and Microsoft Exchange instances running in AWS.
IBM Spectrum Protect Plus integrates with Kubernetes, Red Hat OpenShift and Container Storage Interface (CSI) snapshots to allow persistent container data to be backed up, recovered, and stored for long-term retention. The 10.1.5 release introduced the ability for developers to independently back up and recover logical persistent Kubernetes volumes. These activities as well as replication to a secondary site and migration to long-term retention storage can also be controlled on a policy-driven basis.
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