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IBM Spectrum Protect – Product Brief

Last updated June 8th, 2020 for updates to licensing. Concise 5-page overview of IBM Spectrum Protect. Includes overview, usage, Eval(u)Scale and more. Download the full product brief now!

IBM Spectrum Protect has been in the market for decades (it is still referred to by its initial branding, Tivoli Storage Manager or “TSM,” by many customers). It provides enterprise-class data protection for physical, cloud and, via integration with IBM Spectrum Protect Plus, virtual environments (See Evaluator Group’s separate Product Brief on IBM Spectrum Protect Plus).

Specifically, Spectrum Protect facilitates fast and flexible restores of individual items, complete systems and entire data centers from primary and remote recovery sites. It can back data up to a variety of storage infrastructure types including flash, spinning disk, tape and object stores and public clouds.

Spectrum Protect supports source data from block storage systems, file servers, network-attached storage (NAS) systems (including support for the Network Data Management Protocol), applications and data stored in the cloud. Protected data is stored in what IBM calls container storage pools (not to be confused with Docker-style containers). Storage pools and replicate copies can reside on a variety of storage systems including NAS systems, block storage, virtual tape libraries (VTLs), object storage, public clouds, and tape devices. Another instance of Spectrum Protect on a server can also be a protection target. Additionally, the software includes policy-driven options for remote replication.

Spectrum Protect uses an incremental forever backup technology to only store the changed blocks, reducing network bandwidth and backend storage requirements. Compression and deduplication further support efficiency. Advanced features include encryption, regulatory compliance, and integration with archiving and other data management software. IBM Spectrum Protect provides REST application programming interfaces (APIs) and OpenStack backup drivers. Front-safe portal software available from IBM enables multi-tenancy, on-boarding and billing for Spectrum Protect. Applications integrated with Spectrum Protect enable coherent data protection and management control through the application administration.

IBM Spectrum Protect Product Brief Includes:

  • Overview
  • Highlights
  • Usage
  • EvaluScale Table
  • Evaluator Group’s Opinion

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