SPFS - a filesystem for Spectrum Protect

SPFS is a filesystem that makes it possible to mount your Spectrum Protect storage / filespace anywhere on your server

The filesystem is a WORM (Write Once Read Many) filesystem.

When a file has been stored, it cant be changed.

The filesystem has other features:

- versioning (see generation data set/VSAM)

- data reduction (de-duplication,compression)

- filtering (excluding content, based on names or content)

- encryption

The filesystem can be mounted as backup or archive

Browse your backups as they were file using ls,dir

Easy to integrate with any application 

For example; pg_dump > /backup/pg.dmp


No need to use special agents to protect the databases

Fast, as it uses asynchronous data transfers, with de-duplication and compression

It has a read ahead technique that improves restores

It cache meta data to avoid queries


No need for educations, as it is so simple to use, and one can use the already known techniques from the database vendors.

Improves the Data Protection as the transactional data can be sent to the IBM Spectrum Protect storage


Flexible to use almost any type of techniques, and not linked to what an agent has decided to use.

Eg barman/pg_dump/pg_basebackup/pg_probackup/pgbackrest to name a few for PostgreSQL

Business information

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  • Functional details

    • Data reduction
      • De-duplication
      • compression
    • encryption
      • encrypt on using own private key
      • during data transfer
      • on the storage pool or hardware
    • Data Types
      • archive, for long time storage
      • backup, for shorter retention
    • Filtering
      • Policy based on name or mimetypes
    • Performance
      • asynchronous data transfer
      • Inode cache (avoid queries)
      • read ahead
    • Security
      • WORM (write once read many)
      • Files can't be deleted unless granted
      • Retention customizable

  • Business problem

    There are no solutions today that can protect Cassandra,MongoDB,MySQL,MariaDB,SQL Server,SAP ASE,SAP IQ Server,SQL Anywhere,Neo4j,GreenPlum,OpenEdge,Ingres,PostgreSQL,Redis etc

    With this solution you can Protect almost anything

    Makes it possible to integrate with applications to improve data protection policies, so that less data can be lost.


  • Business opportunity

    SPFS solution is a WORM (Write Once Read Many) filesystem which makes it easy to protect anything with Spectrum Protect

    Simple to use:

    • Browse your backups as they were files
    • Saves educational expenses

    Cost efficient solution:

    • Use the Spectrum Protect features to further reduce your need for storage using advanced data reduction techniques.
    • No need to have local temporary staging storage, as all data goes directly to the Spectrum Protect storage.
    • Storage Tiering


    • Encrypt your data to secure your data further
    • Stay protected to last transaction, using continuous backups
    • Automatic failover and fallback between Spectrum Protect backup servers.

    Compliant with technology supplier, by using the suppliers advised and supported data protection method. No need to change to a backup vendor appointed technique.

    no need to use complex agent to protect databases, nor to change backup methods that are designed from the vendors

    Faster! Cheaper! it's spictera!

  • Return on investment

    SPFS reduces complexity as it uses techniques that almost everyone knows how to use a file system or drive-letter to copy data.

    Backups are secured offsite

    Central management of retention policies.

    Reduced educational costs, as one can use the skills and techniques already known by the administrators

    Reduced data loss after incident using nearly continuous data protection of transactional data.

    Automatic failover / fallback makes the availability higher

    Possible to

    • use Storage Tiering for cost efficient storage

    So Simple! So Secure!


  • Competitive advantage

    There are no other filesystem today that has:

    • WORM
    • Versioning
    • Filtering
    • Encryption

    This makes this solution unique on the market.

    The filesystem is very fast, reliable, and easy to integrate with almost anything that needs a backup or archiving functions

    Backup anything with Spectrum Protect

    One can protect almost any commercial or opensource database or application using Spectrum Protect.

    For example:

    • MongoDB
    • MariaDB
    • MySQL
    • PostgreSQL
    • Ingres
    • Progress OpenEdge 4GL
    • SAP Adaptive Server Enterprise (ASE)
    • SAP IQ Server
    • SAP SQL Anywhere
    • Neo4j
    • FirebirdSQL
    • SQL Server
    • HANA
    • GreenPlum
    • CouchDB
    • Redis

    And more...


  • Industries

    Automotive Industry
    Computer Services Industry
    Consumer Products Industry
    Government Central/Federal industry
    Telecommunications Industry

  • Solution areas

    Cross industry
       Business Process Management and Integration
          Security and Disaster Recovery
       Computer Services
       Dynamic Infrastructure/Smarter Planet
          Infrastructure Systems and Management

  • Customer size

    Very Small Business (Less than 50 employees)
    Small Business (50 to 99 employees)
    Midmarket Business (100 to 499 employees)
    Midmarket Business (500 to 1000 employees)
    Large Business (greater than 1000 employees)

  • Languages supported


  • Countries/regions available for distribution

  • Available from these resellers

       Boråsvägen 13
       Gällstad ,  Västra Götaland   52360
     Contact name Tomas
       Phone +46730899514
       E-mail Info@spictrra.com

    Cristie Nordic AB
       Kistagången 26
       Kista  164 40
     Contact name Magnus Thunberg
       Phone +46 70-287 44 90
       E-mail Magnus.Thunberg@cristie.se

  • Solution collateral

    Name Date Categories
    Apr 10, 2022 Reference Architecture
    Apr 10, 2022 Reference Architecture

Technical information

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  • Hardware/OS platforms

    • Hardware

      IBM Cloud
      IBM PureSystems: PureFlex System and Flex System
      IBM Systems: BladeCenter
         IBM BladeCenter HSxx (Intel processor-based)
         IBM BladeCenter JSxx (POWER processor-based)
         IBM BladeCenter LSxx (AMD processor-based)
      IBM Systems: Power
      IBM Systems: z Systems
         IBM LinuxONE III
         IBM LinuxONE Rockhopper II
         IBM Z LinuxONE Emperor III
         LinuxOne Rockhopper
         IBM LinuxONE Emperor
      Non-IBM Hardware
         Cloud - Other
         Dell servers
         Desktops and Notebooks (all brands, including ThinkPad/ThinkCentre PCs by Lenovo)
         Fujitsu Siemens servers
         Hewlett-Packard servers (incl. Compaq)
         Other non-IBM servers
         Sun Microsystems servers
      System x

  • Services

    IBM Application Security Services
    IBM Data Security Services for endpoint data protection
    IBM Smart Business Storage Cloud
    IBM Implementation Services for System x
    IBM Implementation Services for System z
    IBM Information Lifecycle Management Services
    IBM Managed backup cloud – Fastprotect online
    IBM Managed backup cloud – Remote data protection
    IBM Managed Security Services (Cloud Computing)
    IBM Security Governance, Risk and Compliance Services
    IBM Server Optimization and Integration Services
    IBM Server Product Services for Power Systems
    IBM SiteProtector
    IBM Storage and Data Product Services
    IBM Storage Optimization and Integration Services
    Business Recovery Services
    Infrastructure Solutions: Enterprise Security
    Infrastructure Solutions: Systems Management & IT Optimization
    IBM Backup as a Service (BaaS)
    IBM Bluemix Secure Virtualization (GTS BU)

  • Software

    IT service management
        Data protection and storage management
           IBM Spectrum Protect for SAN
           IBM Spectrum Scale
          IBM Elastic Storage Server (ESS)
    IBM Tivoli
          IBM Spectrum Protect
          IBM Spectrum Protect Extended Edition
    Non-IBM Software
       Other Relational Databases Products

  • Cloud services

    IBM Public Cloud Platform
       Public Cloud PaaS
          IBM Cloud Native Development Subscription for IBM Cloud
       Public Cloud IaaS
          IBM Cloud infrastructure on Cloud BU paper (SL for IBM Channels)

  • Storage devices

    Cloud Storage Systems
       IBM Cloud Object Storage System
    Data Retention Storage Systems
       IBM System Storage DR450
       IBM System Storage DR550
    Disk Storage Systems
       IBM Storwize V3700
       IBM Storwize V5000
       IBM Storwize V7000
       IBM Storwize V7000 Unified
       IBM System Storage DS300/DS400
       IBM System Storage DS4000 family (formerly FAStT)
       IBM System Storage DS5000 family
       IBM System Storage DS6000 family
       IBM System Storage DS8000 family
          IBM System Storage DS8100
          IBM System Storage DS8300
          IBM System Storage DS8700
          IBM System Storage DS8800
          IBM System Storage DS8870
       IBM System Storage Enterprise Storage Server (ESS)
       IBM System Storage Enterprise Storage Server Model 750
       IBM System Storage Enterprise Storage Server Model 800
       IBM System Storage XIV
    Flash Storage
       IBM FlashSystem 710
       IBM FlashSystem 720
       IBM FlashSystem 810
       IBM FlashSystem 820
       IBM FlashSystem 900
       IBM FlashSystem 9100
       IBM FlashSystem A9000
       IBM FlashSystem A9000R
       IBM FlashSystem V9000
    IBM System Storage Area Networks (hardware)
    IBM System Storage SAN
       Cisco MDS family
       IBM System Storage Express Model SAN switches
       IBM System Storage SAN b-type family
       IBM System Storage SAN m-type family
       IBM System Storage SAN Switch F08 (3534-F08)
       IBM System Storage SAN Switch F32 (2109-F16/F32/M12)
    IBM System Storage SAN File System
    IBM System Storage SAN Volume Controller
    IBM System Storage Tape Storage Systems
       IBM System Storage Enterprise Tape 3592 Subsystem
       IBM System Storage Enterprise Tape Library 3590/3494
       IBM System Storage Enterprise Tape Library 3592/3494
       IBM System Storage LTO Tape
       IBM System Storage TS1120 Tape
       IBM System Storage TS2900 Tape Autoloader
       IBM System Storage TS3100 Tape Library
       IBM System Storage TS3200 Tape Library
       IBM System Storage TS3310 Tape Library
       IBM System Storage TS3400 Tape Library
       IBM System Storage TS3500 Tape Library
       IBM System Storage UltraScalable Tape Library 3584
       IBM System Storage Ultrium Scalable Tape Library 3583
       IBM System Storage Ultrium Tape Autoloader 3581
       IBM System Storage Ultrium Tape Drive 3580
       IBM System Storage Ultrium Tape Library 3582
       IBM System Storage Virtual Tape Server
       IBM Virtualization Engine TS7510/TS7520
       IBM Virtualization Engine TS7740
    Network Attached Storage
       IBM System Storage N series
       IBM System Storage N3000
       IBM System Storage N3300
       IBM System Storage N3600
       IBM System Storage N3700
       IBM System Storage N5000
       IBM System Storage N5000 Gateway
       IBM System Storage N5200
       IBM System Storage N5300
       IBM System Storage N5600
       IBM System Storage N7000
       IBM System Storage N7000 Gateway
       IBM System Storage N7600
       IBM System Storage N7800

Date last modified:    May 18, 2022


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