In organizations, and even on a personal level, which are the first phrases that come to our thoughts when we mention the word “backup”?
Looking into the context of the above phrases, we perceive that the main concern is reliability. This is due to the fact that when we talk about backup, we immediately associate it with information, and this is one of the fundamental and vital assets for companies , together with human capital.
The concept of backup and backup itself also generates confidence when you know that you have an application and/or implementation that executes in an automated way, and offers tools for recovery in case of data loss, intentional or otherwise. This can positively affect the operation and execution of functional processes.
In regard to this last point, it is important to emphasize that the implementation of a backup and recovery policy not only contemplates the technology and equipment part, but the preparation and implementation of rules that govern the protection of information assets of organizations. This may include documents, manuals and any element that is useful for them and can represent “operational organizational data of interest”.
For all this, it is vital to have a solution that not only performs backup activities reliably, integrally and efficiently, but also allows to do it in a simple and manageable way, as well as facilitating administration duties.
Initially, the most comprehensive business backup applications were developed and supplied by just a few suppliers. In addition, the hardware infrastructure required for these implementations sometimes required significant investment, and in some cases specific physical and/or technological adjustments which could be expensive.
Over time, new technologies, models and paradigms have appeared whose main objective is to offer safe, complete and trustworthy data backup in organizations.
One of these backup applications is IBM Tivoli Storage Manager (TSM) also named today as IBM Spectrum Protect, a business backup and archiving software which, like other products of this type, is designed to back up the data of organizations, allowing them to protect against data loss and damage. Like other backup software platforms, it enables automated backups based on policies, according to diverse criteria, of physical, virtual and cloud environments, in various versions and sizes.
Some of the functionalities that IBM TSM or Spectrum Protect has:
The use of new technologies and the appearance of new paradigms, such as open source, the reduction of hardware costs and storage devices, as well as the rational use of resources, have facilitated and made possible the emergence of new direct competing applications for IBM Spectrum Protect, which may have the same or better functionalities. Additionally, their ease of adaptability regarding implementation into existing environments increased adoption.
Among the features and properties offered by the alternatives to Tivoli are the following:
As can be seen, IBM Tivoli and its alternative Tivoli competitors share many common features such as backup software, however the latter have taken advantage of and used innovative concepts of new technologies and paradigms that have driven their growth and use. Among these are:
Bacula Enterprise Edition is a more modern alternative to IBM Tivoli, which not only offers the same functionalities and benefits of an enterprise backup software, but also helps to significantly save costs throughout the different phases of implementation and use of backup and recovery management. Bacula Enterprise Edition uses state-of-the-art technologies and operating methodologies. When combined with its especially high standard of technical support, it more readily satisfies organizational requirements, while being agile to effectively adjust to an organizations’ existing resources.