IBM Spectrum Protect 8.1 became generally available on 12/9/2016

IBM Spectrum Protect V8.1 enhances hybrid cloud integration, increases flexibility in the data center, and enhances integration of virtual environments:

  • Increase flexibility by leveraging Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) cloud storage as a target for IBM Spectrum Protect backup and archive data
  • Optimize performance for IBM® Cloud Object Storage and Amazon S3 cloud storage
  • Add consistency and control for cloud storage through support for predefined containers
  • Reduce infrastructure costs and provide additional protection by enabling copies of deduplicated directory containers on tape for repairs, compliance, air gap, and for environments with a single backup server
  • Simplify authentication management with centralized Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) integration
  • Easily migrate your environment from VTL or tape to cloud-container or directory-container pools using an automated, nondisruptive conversion utility that harvests data from your VTL or tape and moves it to container pools, immediately leveraging the scalability and space efficiencies of the IBM Spectrum Protect container pools
  • Accelerate time to value for fast deployment by using the native VMware vSphere interface for centralized configuration of data protection policy and scheduling
  • Manage day-to-day data protection operations easily by monitoring backups and re-driving failures from within the vSphere Web Client
  • Back up and restore large VMs faster with optimized backup and recovery using parallel streams

IBM Spectrum Protect Snapshot V8.1

IBM Spectrum Protect Snapshot V8.1 advances snapshot support:

  • Automate provisioning of snapshot volumes in IBM Spectrum Virtualize™ Metro Mirror/Global Mirror environments
  • Perform Microsoft™ Exchange item-level recoveries directly from persistent VSS snapshots
  • Mount Microsoft Exchange and Microsoft SQL Server snapshots in read/write mode for testing and DevOps

IBM Spectrum Protect V8.1 includes the following features:

  • IBM Spectrum Protect native object storage support for Amazon S3
  • Improved performance for hybrid clouds by optimizing data movement to IBM Cloud Object Storage and Amazon S3 cloud storage
  • Support for directory-container pool copies on tape
  • Support for predefined cloud container pools
  • Simplified LDAP authentication
  • Support for conversion of existing data residing on tape, VTL, or file devices to directory or cloud container pools
  • Deeper vSphere Web Client integration for deployment and day-to-day monitoring and redriving failed backups
  • Data Protection for VMware cooperative application support for Microsoft SQL Server 2016
  • Faster Data Protection for VMware backup and restore operations for large VMware virtual machines
  • Support for Microsoft Windows™ Server 2016 for the Backup-Archive Client, Data Protection for VMware, Hyper-V, Oracle, SQL, Exchange, Workstations, and Space Management for Windows
  • Data Protection for Oracle automation features
  • Support for SAP HANA multitenant databases and parallel-stream restores
  • Tighter integration of IBM Spectrum Protect for Space Management for UNIX™/Linux™ and IBM Spectrum Scale™
  • Usability and performance enhancements for Space Management for Windows

IBM Spectrum Protect Snapshot V8.1 improves ease of use and reduces administrative costs by delivering the following features:

  • Exchange item-level restores from persistent snapshots without needing to restore the entire database
  • Ability to mount (read/write) snapshots of Microsoft SQL Server and Microsoft Exchange Server databases
  • Support for Microsoft Windows Server 2016
  • Dynamic allocation with support for Metro Mirror and Global Mirror
  • Support for DB2® V11.1
  • Support for parallel synch mode for non-SAP DB2 Database Partitioning Feature (DPF)
  • Support for Oracle Automatic Storage Management (ASM) disks on disk partitions
  • Support for offload to IBM Spectrum Protect Server as root user
  • Cloning support for DB2 storage groups