New IBM Storage Software for VMs Coming in Q4

Big Blue claims that Spectrum Protect Plus can be set up in minutes to protect data in cloud, virtualized and data center environments.


IBM is getting out ahead of next week’s annual VMworld Conference (Aug. 27-31 in Las Vegas) by announcing a new data protection software package for virtual machines that it claims can be set up in as little as one hour. 

IBM Spectrum Protect Plus is offered for two different deployment options, either as a stand-alone software installed into virtualized environments or as an integrated function with IBM's Spectrum Protect software, which can be used by large enterprise clients with diverse data protection and availability requirements.

In addition, Spectrum Protect's hybrid cloud capabilities enables data movement from on-premises back-end storage to public or private clouds.

Spectrum Protect Plus, which will be made available in Q4 2017, provides data availability by using snapshots for rapid backup, recovery and data management. Designed for VMs and application administrators, it also provides data clone functionality to support and automate DevOps workflows.

Spectrum Protect Plus also has data protection and monitoring based upon automated service level agreements to provide backup status and support retention compliance, IBM said.

Features for specific use cases include: 

  • For CIOs, it provides a single view of the backup and recovery status across the data portfolio and eliminate silos of data backup and recovery.
  • Senior IT managers (VM and application administrators), it can self-serve their data availability without complexity. IBM Spectrum Protect Plus also provides an ability to integrate the VM and application backups into the business rules of any enterprise.
  • For senior application business line owners, it offers data-lifecycle management with near instantaneous recovery, copy management and global search for fast data access and recovery.

IBM Spectrum Protect Plus will be featured in IBM's booths at both VMWorld North America and VMWorld Europe. The package will be released in Q4 2017 as a stand-alone product for virtual and cloud environment data protection, as well as integration with IBM Spectrum Protect.

For more information about IBM Spectrum Protect Plus, go here.

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