It’s been out a little while now and it’s about time I said something about Spectrum Protect Plus 10.1.1. The new release has had a large dump of new features liberally spread across it, building a more compelling solution on top of the initial 10.1.0 release.
Top amongst these features is greatly enhanced MS SQL Server support and the addition of Oracle Support. However unlike many of the other similar products on the market SPP is differentiating itself here. The support for MSSQL and Oracle is not tied to VMs, it’s for physical machines and even clusters as well. Agentless (or rather – you don’t have to manually install an agent), with progressive incremental backups, instant restores, including point-in-time restores and data re-use features.
vSnap replication is another new addition of note, which now allows for replication of images between two vSnap servers. This is combined with a new concept of “sites” which allows different vSnaps to be assigned to a “site” allowing a more easy visualisation of the infrastructure. Replicating from Prod to DR, being more conceptually easy than between two different server names.
A key strength in the new replication system is that the frequency can be as low as 5 minutes, allowing for high frequency, short retention backups to be moved over to DR. This effectively replaces the hypervisor to hypervisor VM replication features in a number of similar products with a true backup. The backed up VM can be started at the remote site with an instant restore. Instant restore being the expected default for SPP restore operations.
More information can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gGSsFZ3QIDY
A free trial version can be downloaded here: https://www.ibm.com/us-en/marketplace/ibm-spectrum-protect-plus