IBM recently announced Spectrum Protect Plus, an update to its Spectrum Protect, a data protection software for backup and recovery for virtual environments. For faster backup and operational recovery, it provides policy driven data protection and a portal which makes it easy to use. It allows faster deployment using OVA (Open Virtual Appliance) and its agentless architecture enables protection in an hour. It provides smooth automation via RESTful API for flexibility of accessing backup data.
The solution, meant for VM administrators, features a global catalog of Virtual Machines and files that enables quick search and restoration across various machines and recovery points.
It offers backup and recovery services for Microsoft Hyper-V and VMware vSphere hypervisors. It can be combined with the agent-based IBM Spectrum Protect Tivoli Storage Manager or can be utilized as an independent software for application availability or data protection in small environments.
It simplifies the protection of data whether data is hosted in virtual, software-defined, physical or cloud environments. The backups can be stored in disk, tape and the cloud in the form of read and write snapshots. The instant restores are available for testing, DevOps, reporting, analytics and other operations in a repository for multipurpose data access.
The Protect Plus still uses VMware vStorage API for Data Protection (VADP) but it also uses the blockchain technology. Integrated with IBM Spectrum Protect for long -term storage, it provides the ability to archive across flexible data including tape, disk and cloud to fulfil data governance requirements.
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The IBM Spectrum Protect Plus takes only 15 minutes to install and about an hour to configure. The Google-like search that it provides can not only be done by timeline, but also by text search across all VMs, whether it’s VMware or Hyper-V. As per IBM, Spectrum Protect Plus delivers scalable high performance and reduces backup infrastructure costs by up to 53%. It will be generally available in the second half of 2017.