IBM Spectrum Protect Plus


IBM Spectrum Protect Plus Online Services for Microsoft 365, is an IBM data backup and recovery solution for Microsoft 365 workloads running in the Azure cloud. The solution provides automated backup and granular restore capabilities for Microsoft 365 workloads, including Office 365, Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, OneDrive for Business, Teams, Project Online, and Planner.

Emails, calendars, contacts, documents, and shared folders in Microsoft 365 applications are crucial to communication and collaboration in many organizations. Yet the data contained in these software-as-a-service (SaaS) applications are increasingly under attack. According to Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG)* almost nine out of ten organizations have experienced an email-based cyber-attack within the last year. The vulnerability of their data, both to malicious attacks and inadvertent deletion, is driving companies to turn to data protection solutions for SaaS-based data backup and recovery. *Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG), 2021


Unified data protection for hybrid cloud environments

IBM Spectrum Protect Plus Online Services is a data protection backup-as-a-service solution that gives clients the capability to back up and restore cloud-resident data for Microsoft 365. IBM clients can take advantage of IBM backup and restore capabilities in the cloud and enjoy the following key benefits:

  • Data protection for Microsoft 365, including Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, Project Online, OneDrive, Groups, Teams, and Public Folders
  • Private data backup to the cloud to ensure data availability, integrity, and resilience
  • Information integrity with the restoration of clean backup data in the event of a virus, user error, or ransomware attack
  • Easily schedule restores or performs a site-level rollback to restore Microsoft 365 artifacts



Management simplicity

IBM Spectrum Protect Plus provides automated, centrally scheduled, policy-managed backup capabilities for multiple workloads, including VMs, databases, applications, file systems, SaaS workloads, and containers.


Comprehensive support for cloud-based workloads

IBM Spectrum Protect Plus is a supported solution in the IBM Cloud, AWS and Microsoft Azure Marketplaces. The solution can be fully deployed within IBM Cloud, AWS, or Microsoft Azure for an “all in the cloud” data protection experience. In hybrid environments, customers can protect IBM Cloud, AWS, and Microsoft Azure workloads with IBM Spectrum Protect Plus Server deployed on-premises.

Workloads supported on IBM Cloud, AWS, and Microsoft Azure include Microsoft Exchange, Windows file system and databases, including Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle, IBM Db2, and MongoDB. On AWS and IBM Cloud, IBM Spectrum Protect Plus also supports workloads running in VMware, and EC2 instances are supported on AWS.

Advanced container data protection

IBM Spectrum Protect Plus provides data resilience for containers running in Red Hat OpenShift and Kubernetes environments. IBM Spectrum Protect Plus’ native integration with Kubernetes and Red Hat OpenShift increases developer productivity and provides the ability to protect both persistent volumes (PVs) and Kubernetes resource meta-data (etcd) to ensure complete recovery. Its support for Red Hat OpenShift Container Storage Ceph RDB and CephFS CSI snapshots, combined with support for IBM Spectrum Fusion HCI, IBM Spectrum Scale and IBM Spectrum Virtualize CSI snapshots provides both container-ready and container-native storage support.

Rapid data recovery

The IBM Spectrum Protect Plus proactive data resilience catalogue and global search enable administrators to ensure they are protecting all the right data and quickly identify the data they want to recover across multiple VM hosts, file systems, hypervisors, applications and containers.

IBM Spectrum Protect Plus provides application-consistent backup, rapid recovery, and efficient data reuse for application workloads, including Microsoft 365, and databases such as Microsoft SQL, Oracle, Db2, and MongoDB running on physical systems, virtual machines, and in IBM Cloud, Amazon Web Services (AWS) or Microsoft Azure. Users can also back up, recover, and reuse, data in Windows file systems, including file-level backup and recovery of physical and virtualized file servers.

In addition, IBM Spectrum Protect Plus supports Microsoft Exchange on-premises, including individual mailbox item-level restore. IBM Spectrum Protect Plus also provides backup and recovery for Microsoft Exchange Online and Microsoft OneDrive and helps ensure compliance by protecting and retaining Microsoft Office 365 mailboxes, calendars, contacts, and shared folders as part of an overall data protection solution*. * Support for Microsoft Office 365 applications requires a subscription license that is measured per protected Microsoft Office 365 user.



Cost-effective data retention

Cost-effective data retention is achieved via data copy and archival to both on-premises and cloud-based object storage, as well as IBM Spectrum Protect for data archival to physical tape.

Data copy options supported include cloud services (IBM Cloud Object Storage service, AWS, and Microsoft Azure), on-premises object storage (IBM Cloud Object Storage) and IBM Spectrum Protect. Administrators can also recover data from replicated backup repositories on AWS.


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