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Executive Perspective Infrastructure Partner Experience Worldwide

IBM Spectrum Protect Plus dramatically changes the future of data availability for virtualized environments

Data protection and disaster recovery solutions are needed by every enterprise on the planet. This makes them critical elements in every solution provider’s portfolio. IBM has been a Leader in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Data Center Backup and Recovery for nearly 20 years.[1] To maintain our marketplace leadership, and provide our Business Partners with even more competitive advantages in this important space, IBM is announcing an exciting new data protection solution called IBM Spectrum Protect Plus.

The new offering will take its place as a member of the IBM Spectrum Storage family of software defined storage solutions, which means it leverages all of the licensing and support advantages available through that relationship. The key use case will be data protection for virtual machines and applications in both VMware and Hyper-V environments, but Spectrum Protect Plus will also focus on disaster recovery and data copy use cases such as test-dev, reporting and much more.

IBM Spectrum Protect Plus is the next wave in IBM’s data protection and recovery portfolio. It is modern technology that’s easy to use, fast and low cost. Unlike a lot of products, you don’t have to be a backup expert to use Spectrum Protect Plus. The software is simple to deploy and can be ready to go in as little as 15 minutes by installing a pre-built virtual machine. Your clients can deploy it as a stand-alone solution, or as part of their existing Spectrum Protect environments. Spectrum Protect Plus offers extraordinarily rapid time to value because after some simple configuration, the solution can be up and running in as little as an hour, compared to some solutions that can take weeks to deploy and require costly professional services.

Spectrum Protect Plus is so powerful that one of our North American Business Partner’s principal storage software architects said, “This is a Veeam killer.”

Spectrum Protect Plus has a sharp, modern look and feel, including a dashboard that gives your clients at-a-glance status of their entire protection environments. They can easily see information about protection status, SLA compliance and storage utilization all in one place.

The solution architecture and operations will make Spectrum Protect Plus a very attractive option for your clients and prospects:

  • IBM Spectrum Protect and Spectrum Protect Plus combine for easy VM backup and recovery with enterprise scale and efficiency
  • Installs in under 60 minutes as a virtual machine, and operates without agents
  • Easy VM backup and recovery management through simple-to-use GUI, vSphere Web Client or policy-driven automation
  • Virtual environment improvements in RPO and RTO with VMware and Hyper-V APIs, and efficient snapshots for fast, frequent backups

For more information about IBM Spectrum Protect Plus, listen to the webcast replay for an overview of this new data protection solution. Coming to VMworld? IBM Storage is featuring this new solution at Booth 506 and Booth 1225 in VMworld Las Vegas and Booth D315 in VMworld Barcelona. Check out the IBM at VMworld site to set up a meeting to show your clients and prospects how Spectrum Protect Plus is revolutionizing backup, data protection and instant recovery for virtualized, data center and cloud deployments!

Eric Herzog (@zoginstor)
Vice President, Product Marketing and Management
Vice President, Worldwide Storage Channels
IBM Storage Systems



[1] Gartner: Magic Quadrant for Data Center Backup and Recovery Solutions, July

Eric Herzog is Chief Marketing Officer and Vice President, Worldwide Storage Channels for IBM Storage Systems and Software-Defined Infrastructure. Eric’s responsibilities include worldwide product marketing and management for IBM's award winning family of storage solutions, software defined storage, integrated infrastructure, and software defined computing, as well as responsibility for global storage channels. Herzog has over 30 years of product management, marketing, business development, alliances, sales, and channels experience in the storage software, storage hardware, and storage solutions markets, managing all aspects of marketing, product management, sales, alliances, channels, and business development in both Fortune 500 and start-up storage companies. Herzog holds a B.A. degree in history from the University of California, Davis, where he graduated cum laude, studied towards a M.A. degree in Chinese history, and was a member of the Phi Alpha Theta honor society.

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