IBM Spectrum Protect solutions:

  • Enable software-defined storage (SDS) environments by delivering file, application, and VM-level data protection for IBM Spectrum Storage and other SDS environments.
  • Extend the native object storage support that is provided by IBM Spectrum Protect to IBM Cloud Object Storage, a reliable and scalable storage platform.
  • Integrate with VMware and Microsoft Hyper-V for efficient virtual machine data protection that includes hardware-assisted snapshots, copy management, incremental “forever” backups, and a new self-service restore portal, initially for VMware.
  • Mitigate the risk of data loss by providing frequent snapshots, multisite replication, and disaster recovery management.
  • Reduce the total cost of data protection with built-in efficiency features that can reduce backup infrastructure costs by up to 53 percent, based on IBM assessments using Butterfly software.
  • Benefit from the wide choice of license plans.

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By using the IBM Spectrum Protect file restore interface, users can restore their files from an IBM Spectrum Protect for Virtual Environments: Data Protection for VMware backup without administrator assistance.

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Colin Dawson has been with IBM Spectrum Protect (formerly IBM Tivoli Storage Manager) since version 1 release 1 in 1993. Through the years, he has worked in many areas of the server with emphasis on inventory management, session protocol, LAN-free data movement, and the database. His current role is server architect with responsibility and oversight for the functional enhancements that are implemented in a given release along with input for future enhancements.


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Jim Smith is an IBM Spectrum Protect architect with responsibilities for the backup-archive client, Data Protection for VMware, IBM Spectrum Protect for Space Management, and IBM Spectrum Protect HSM for Windows. Jim has been involved with the ADSM and Tivoli Storage Manager products since their introduction.


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IBM® Spectrum Protect™, formerly IBM Tivoli® Storage Manager, is a data protection platform that gives enterprises a single point of control and administration for backup and recovery operations.

It enables reliable, cost effective backups and fast recovery for virtual, physical, and cloud environments of all sizes.

Spend less on data protection and more on innovation

  • By switching to IBM Spectrum Protect, you can reduce backup infrastructure costs by up to 53 percent, based on IBM assessments using Butterfly software.
  • Incremental “forever” backup operations in conjunction with data deduplication can reduce backup storage requirements up to 95 percent for virtual and physical environments.

Manage and protect data with confidence

  • Control virtual, physical, and cloud backup data from a single point, with greater visualization and administrator productivity.
  • Monitor system status at a glance by using the IBM Spectrum Protect Operations Center dashboard.
  • Take advantage of cloud integration to store data by using one of the following cloud service providers and protocols: Amazon Web Services with Simple Storage Service, IBM Cloud Object Storage with Swift or S3, Microsoft Azure, and OpenStack with Swift using Keystone Version 1 or Version 2.
  • VMware administrators can manage backup and restore operations by using familiar user interfaces. There is no need to interact directly with backup servers.
  • Convert file and virtual tape library (VTL)-type deduplicated storage pools to IBM Spectrum Protect directory-container storage pools. This automated conversion function enables organizations to take advantage of the space, management, and database improvements in the new storage pools.
  • Take advantage of server-side data compression, which adds capacity to IBM Spectrum Protect container pools without adding more storage.

Deploy flexible solutions in any size organization

  • IBM Spectrum Protect is highly scalable; a single backup server can protect billions of objects and can ingest, deduplicate, and replicate up to 100 TB per day of new or changed client data.
  • Specially priced and packaged entry versions are available for small and mid-sized organizations. These versions are full featured and offer a choice of capacity and component-based license plans.
  • Learn more about how to spend less time and money on backups with IBM Spectrum Protect. See the following report, which was published by the Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG) lab: ESG Lab Review: IBM Data Protection for Virtual Environments.

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New features and other changes are available in the IBM Spectrum Protect™ Version 8.1.9 server:

  • Enable the command approval feature to require authorization for restricted commands. With IBM Spectrum Protect Version 8.1.9, you can configure servers to prevent certain commands from running until they are approved by another administrator.
  • Preserve data indefinitely by placing it on hold. IBM Spectrum Protect Version 8.1.9 provides a streamlined process to preserve data in retention sets indefinitely. To preserve data, you can add one or more retention sets to a retention hold.

For more information about product updates and new features, see What’s new.

Tip: Significant security enhancements were introduced in recent releases of IBM Spectrum Protect. For the latest information about security enhancements, see What you need to know before you install or upgrade the product.

New features are available in IBM Spectrum Protect™ Operations Center Version 8.1.9:

  • The data retention feature now supports cases where data must be retained indefinitely. To preserve data indefinitely, you can add one or more retention sets to a retention hold. A retention hold is a collection of retention sets that are preserved regardless of their expiration dates. When a retention set is in a retention hold, the data in the retention set cannot be deleted until the retention set is explicitly released from the retention hold. To help your organization document its actions to preserve data, every change that is made to a retention hold is logged.
  • The command approval feature can be enabled to prevent certain commands from running until they are approved by another administrator. By using this feature, you might grant less-experienced administrators greater authority to complete more tasks, but have more-experienced administrators review their work for unintended consequences. You might also use this feature to create a peer-review process for equally experienced administrators.

For more information about these enhancements, see the Operations Center help.

New features and other changes are available in the IBM Spectrum Protect™ Version 8.1.9 backup-archive client:

For more information about product updates and new features, see What’s new.

New features and other changes are available in IBM Spectrum Protect Plus V10.1.5:

  • Protect Microsoft Office 365. You can protect your Office 365 data, including mail, contacts, calendar events, and OneDrive files. After you have registered Office 365 in IBM Spectrum Protect Plus, you can assign regular jobs in service level agreement (SLA) policies for tenants, Office 365 Groups, or individual mailboxes. For more information about protecting Office 365, see Microsoft Office 365.
  • Protect volumes in a Kubernetes environment. Backup support for containers is available in this release. You can protect persistent volumes in a Kubernetes container environment with IBM Spectrum Protect Plus. You can protect container data with software-based snapshots and copy backup operations. For more information about container support with IBM Spectrum Protect Plus, see Protecting containers.
  • Protect your data with a new Amazon S3 storage class, Glacier Deep Archive. You can back up data to the Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) Glacier Deep Archive storage class for secure and long-term data retention. For instructions about how to select Glacier Deep Archive, see Adding Amazon S3 Object Storage.
  • Support is added. In this version, the following new software levels are supported:
    • Oracle 19c
    • IBM® Db2® 11.5
  • Protect VMs in a VMware Cloud on AWS. Protect virtual machines managed by a VMware Cloud (VMC) on AWS Software-Defined Data Center (SDDC). For more information about this new capability, see technote 1075497.
  • Protect virtual machines in a Hyper-V Replica environment. IBM Spectrum Protect Plus now protects virtual machines that are enabled to use the Hyper-V Replica feature. Depending on your Hyper-V environment, you might be required to update some SLA policies when you upgrade to IBM Spectrum Protect Plus V10.1.5. For more information about the upgrade requirements for virtual machines in Hyper-V environments, see Additional steps for updating virtual machines in Hyper-V Replica environments.
  • vSnap improvements. In the case of a vSnap server failure, for example if the server is lost, the vSnap server can be rebuilt from a replicated copy so that incremental backups can continue. For instructions, see Replacing a failed vSnap server. In addition to this recovery, vSnap active directory support is added in this version of IBM Spectrum Protect Plus to manage active directories that are associated with the vSnap server. Enhanced performance of the vSnap server with data deduplication process improvements is also delivered in this release. For more details about this, see the IBM Spectrum Protect Plus Blueprints.
  • Back up resources immediately by running an ad hoc backup job. Use an ad hoc backup job to back up one or more resources that are associated with a service level agreement (SLA) policy on demand. For more information about creating an ad hoc backup job, see Running an ad hoc backup job.
  • Choose a specific snapshot for your restore job. View snapshots for a single resource for a specific date, and select the storage type to restore the snapshot from. Depending on your environment, you can choose to restore data from a specific backup, from a specific date, or from secondary storage locations. To use this feature for a specific hypervisor or database application, see the following topics:
  • Assess the status of running jobs at a glance. When you open the Jobs and Operations page, you can quickly assess the status of your running jobs on the Running Jobs tab. Each running job is listed with a donut chart icon that indicates the overall status of the job. In addition to this icon, you can view text that indicates the number of databases or virtual machines that were backed up or restored for the listed job. For more information about viewing jobs, see Viewing jobs and job logs.
  • Retrieve more message information for errors and warnings. You can view the full text of error and warning messages to help you troubleshoot issues in your environment. Click the message ID in the job log to read more about the issue. The User Response provides you with information that can help you to resolve the issue.
  • Take advantage of enhancements for protecting Microsoft SQL Server data. Protection of Microsoft SQL Server databases is enhanced with usability improvements in this release. For more information, see Backing up SQL Server data and Log backups.
  • View LDAP user groups and members. If you are using a Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) database to manage users, you can take advantage of a streamlined process for viewing LDAP user groups. A navigation pane is now available to help you identify LDAP user groups and view the users in each group. For more information about this enhancement, see Creating a user account for an LDAP group.
  • Use the “Snapshot restore” wizard to customize restore jobs. Choose options in the “Snapshot restore” wizard to add or remove resources in the job that you are running, or to change the restore method and destination. For more information about editing restore jobs, see Editing jobs and job schedules.
  • Learn about terminology updates: offload is now copy. In previous releases, the process of copying data from IBM Spectrum Protect Plus to IBM Spectrum Protect was known as offloading data. Beginning with IBM Spectrum Protect Plus V10.1.5, the process is known as copying data. This new terminology reflects the fact that one copy of the data remains in IBM Spectrum Protect Plus, while another copy is stored in IBM Spectrum Protect. References to the word offload were changed to copy throughout the documentation. In the user interface, the storage option that was previously called Cloud is now renamed Object Storage. When you are configuring backup storage, in addition to the Disk and Repository Server options, the Object Storage option enables you to configure object storage.

For more information about product updates and new features, see What’s new.

New features and other changes are available in the IBM Spectrum Protect™ for Databases: Data Protection for Microsoft SQL Server Version 8.1.9:

For information, see What’s New.

New features and other changes are available in the IBM Spectrum Protect™ for Databases: Data Protection for Oracle 8.1.9:

  • Password command for all environments. In this version, Data Protection for Oracle uses the IBM Spectrum Protect API to manage all password actions regardless of passwordaccess option setting on Unix and Linux operating systems. The IBM Spectrum Protect API saves the password in the local key database. It then automatically generates a new password when the password expires. This method of password management is useful when you are running unattended scheduled backups because it ensures that the backup never fails with an expired password.

For information, see What’s New.

New features and other changes are available in the IBM Spectrum Protect™ Version 8.1.9 backup-archive client for Mail: Data Protection for Microsoft Exchange Server Version 8.1.9:

  • Microsoft Exchange Outlook 2013. With Data Protection for Microsoft Exchange Server Version 8.1.9, you can use mailbox browser with Outlook 2013.

For more information about product updates and new features, see What’s New.

New features and other changes are available in the IBM Spectrum Protect™ for Virtual Environments: Data Protection for VMware Version 8.1.9:

  • Maintenance updates. This release includes updates to address APARs and defects.

For more information about product updates and new features, see What’s new.

New features and other changes are available in the IBM Spectrum Protect™ for Virtual Environments: Data Protection for Microsoft Hyper-V Version 8.1.9:

  • Maintenance updates. This release includes updates to address APARs and defects.

For more information about product updates and new features, see What’s new.

New features and other changes are available for IBM Spectrum Protect for Enterprise Resource Planning Version V8.1.9:

  • Secure connection with TSL/SSL In V8.1.9, it is possible to connect to your SAP HANA databases by using Transport Layer Security (TLS) or Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) connections.
For more information about product updates and new features, see What’s new.

New features and other changes are available for IBM Spectrum Protect HSM for Windows Version 8.1.9:

  • REST API In V8.1.9 the HSM for Windows client provides REST API functionality to access metrics through a web application. The hsmnet.exe service provides recall and migration counts and volume space data. For example, the Prometheus open-source system can connect to HSM-managed file servers, and to monitor recall and migration activity, and free space. For more information, see Monitoring HSM-managed volumes.
  • Volume statistics Volume statistics, like the number of stubs, the logical size of all stubs, and other statistics on a HSM-managed volume can be collected in a scan for volume statistics. The scan for volume statistics can be configured from the command prompt using the dsmhsmclc.exe command. For more information, see Managing scans for volume statistics.
For more information about product updates and new features, see What’s new.

New features and other changes are available for IBM Spectrum Protect for Space Management Version 8.1.9.

For more information about product updates and new features, see What’s new.

New features and other changes are available for IBM Spectrum Protect Snapshot V8.1.9.

  • Microsoft Exchange Outlook 2013 With IBM Spectrum Protect Snapshot for Windows Version 8.1.9, you can use mailbox browser with Outlook 2013.
  • Transport Layer Security (TLS) parameter ENFORCE_TLSMAX The IBM Spectrum Protect Snapshot for UNIX and Linux profile parameter ENFORCE_TLS12 is replaced by ENFORCE_TLSMAX in V8.1.9. When ENFORCE_TLSMAX is enabled, the TLS protocol version 1.3 is enforced. In future releases it might enforce a higher TLS version. The profile automatically converts ENFORCE_TLS12 to ENFORCE_TLSMAX when the profile is updated by using the profile wizard.
For more information about product updates and new features, see What’s new.

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IBM Spectrum Protect Customer Feedback Programs

IBM is looking for customers and business partners to provide feedback on IBM Spectrum Protect offerings in order to influence future enhancements and improve the product experience. IBM is trying to better meet the needs of its customers through our early interaction programs. We have three program offerings:

  • Beta program: Participants will be given access to pre-released code and asked to provide focused input related to the time-to-value and overall user experience.
  • Early Access Program (EAP): Participants are invited to quarterly sessions to provide feedback on potential future designs.
  • Sponsor User program: Selected participants will be chosen to work closely with the design and development teams to improve new enhancements.

If you are interested in a more direct interaction with the Spectrum Protect development, consider registering for one of these programs:

Sponsor users are selected from the beta and EAP programs.

Note: Because new features and functionality are unannounced, the material presented throughout these programs will be classified IBM Confidential and participants will be required to accept a standard legal agreement that has been approved for use within IBM Software Group at IBM before acceptance into the beta and/or EAP programs.
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