The Spectrum Protect Snapshot (formerly FlashCopy Manager) products provide data protection and disaster recovery for virtual machines and applications using snapshot technology.  They support both hardware and software snapshots to provide application-consistant backups for several different operating systems, databases, and mail applications.

Spectrum Protect Snapshot can save the snapshots it creates on a storage device, on a Spectrum Protect Server, or both. 

There are three flavors of Spectrum Protect Snapshot. They are:

  • Spectrum Protect Snapshot for Windows
  • Spectrum Protect Snapshot for Unix
  • Spectrum Protect Snapshot for VMware

The overview video below describes the product.

Spectrum Protect Snapshot for Windows

Spectrum Protect Snapshot for Windows provides data protection for Windows File Systems, Microsoft SQL Server, and Microsoft Exchange.  Snapshots can be stored locally, on a Spectrum Protect Server, or both. The Microsoft VSS system provider and other VSS hardware providers are supported.

Microsoft SQL Server

  • Backup and Restore
  • Offloaded Backups to Spectrum Protect

Microsoft Exchange

  • Backup and Restore
  • File and Item Level Restore
  • Database Availability Groups

Installation, Configuration, and Administration

  • Installation
  • Scheduling with PowerShell Templates
  • PowerShell 3.0 Cmdlet Setup
  • Using PowerShell 3.0 Cmdlets to Backup a File System

Spectrum Protect Snapshot for Unix

Spectrum Protect Snapshot for Unix provides data protection for DB2, Oracle, and SAP.  Snapshots can be stored locally, on a Spectrum Protect Server, or both. FlashCopy Manager for Unix includes adapters to support IBM devices including NetApp / N Series, DS8xxx, SAN Volume Controller (SVC), Virtual Storage Center (VSC), and IBM XIV storage.  Other devices such as EMC, Hitachi, and HP are supported using the Rocket Software Adapter Pack.

Spectrum Protect Snapshot for Unix with DB2

  • DB2 database hardware snapshot backup and offloaded backup to a Spectrum Protect Server
  • DB2 cloning

Spectrum Protect Snapshot for Unix with Oracle

  • Spectrum Protect Snapshot for Unix Prerequisite Checker 4.1.3 (with Oracle)

Spectrum Protect Snapshot for VMware

IBM Spectrum Protect Snapshot for VMware provides fast backups and restores of virtual machines by using advanced hardware snapshot technologies of IBM and 3rd party devices. Backups are done at the entire VMFS datastore level with granular restore at the VM,  virtual disk, or individual file level.

The following videos demonstrate Spectrum Protect Snapshot for VMware.

  • Installation (Part 1)
  • Configuration and sample backup (Part 2)
  • SAN Volume Controller (SVC) Dynamic Target Adapter for version 4.1.3 
  • Different types of restore