Data Protection Software

A perfect pairing: Amazon Web Services and IBM Spectrum Protect Suite

By INGRIDA CAZERS posted Wed December 02, 2020 07:00 PM


As the holiday season approaches, you might be thinking about the perfect Cabernet Sauvignon to complement your roast beef, or the perfect Chablis to enhance your shrimp Alfredo.

Roast beef

But what about your data protection? If you're using Amazon Web Services (AWS) to protect enterprise data in the cloud, have you also discovered the perfect pairing -- a reliable solution to ensure that the data can be restored, even in case of a disaster? For your perfect pairing, look no further than IBM Spectrum Protect Suite. In fact, in a report published by the Data Center Intelligence Group (DCIG) in November 2020, IBM Spectrum Protect Plus, which is part of the IBM Spectrum Protect portfolio, was named one of the Top 5 Enterprise AWS Cloud Backup Solutions.

Why does the tandem of AWS and IBM Spectrum Protect Suite work so well? It starts with world-class technology:

  • IBM Spectrum Protect Suite includes IBM Spectrum Protect, IBM Spectrum Protect Plus, and other data protection solutions that are used by enterprises and governments around the globe to protect physical file servers, virtual environments, and applications.
  • Amazon Web Services (AWS) is a dominant player in the cloud computing marketplace. Forbes magazine reports that Amazon owns nearly half the world's public-cloud infrastructure market. Amazon says that millions of customers, from small startups to the largest enterprises, are now using AWS to lower costs and increase agility.

    Pairing these technologies makes sense because customers who entrust their data to AWS still maintain responsibility for that data. Threats to data abound, from natural disasters, such as wildfires, earthquakes and floods, to human-initiated attacks, such ransomware. True, you can enable the backup solution offered by AWS. However, it's a separate subscription service that might not meet your stringent backup and recovery requirements. To increase your confidence level, back up the data to IBM Spectrum Protect Suite, which offers a full range of backup and restore options, including data storage in air-gapped, offsite locations to help prevent malicious attacks over the internet.

    IBM Spectrum Protect Suite differentiates itself from other solutions in 3 important ways. You can:
  • Implement a hybrid model. Back up data to IBM Spectrum Protect Plus on premises while backing up data to a vSnap server in the AWS cloud. In this way, you can enhance protection and availability.
  • Protect logical application groupings hosted in Kubernetes. You can deploy IBM Spectrum Protect Plus on premises to protect persistent volumes in a Kubernetes environment. By specifying service level agreement policies, you can ensure that backup and replication jobs run on a regular schedule. In addition, you can apply AWS labels to group applications. Developers can then use the labels to protect application groupings instead of having to specify individual volumes.
  • Take advantage of multiple options to lower the cost of storage. In addition to storing data on the AWS cloud, IBM Spectrum Protect Suite supports backup operations to other cloud computing services and on premises. You can also reduce storage costs by archiving data to AWS Simple Storage Service (S3) Glacier, which provides a cost-effective tool for long-term data storage.

    Still thinking about the best way to protect your data? Take a step in the right direction by considering a pairing of AWS and IBM Spectrum Protect Suite. With the right data protection solution in place, your holidays will be even happier!


1 comment



Wed December 02, 2020 07:50 PM

While I like my roast beef medium rare, there is no denying the combo of AWS and IBM Spectrum Protect Suite! As you say "Pairing these technologies makes sense because customers who entrust their data to AWS still maintain responsibility for that data."