Spectrum Protect Plus: Protecting Red Hat OpenShift Containerized Environments

An IBM Redpaper publication

Published 27 August 2021, updated 01 September 2021

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ISBN-10: 0738459976
ISBN-13: 9780738459974
IBM Form #: REDP-5636-00
(206 pages)

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Authors: Joerg Walter, Christian Burns, Bert Dufrasne, Markus Fehling, Kai Ruth, Julien Sauvanet, Gauthier Siri, Axel Westphal, Adam Young


This IBM® Redpaper® publication describes support for Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform application data protection with IBM Spectrum® Protect Plus. It explains backup and restore operations for Persistent Volume data by using the Container Storage Interface plug-in.

The paper starts with an introduction and overview of containers and Red Hat OpenShift, followed by a quick review of the IBM Spectrum Protect Plus architecture and functions. Readers who are familiar with any one of these topics can skip the corresponding chapters.

Chapter 3 reviews the specific case of deploying Spectrum Protect Plus as a containerized application. Chapters 4, 5, and 6 review the support for containers backup, the Container Storage Interface, and several options for installing, configuring, and the use of the Backup as a Service (BaaS) components as implemented and supported by IBM Spectrum Protect Plus. Chapter 6 also explains the special case of deploying the BaaS components without an internet connection.

Chapter 7 looks at the use case of backing up and restoring IBM Cloud® Pak for Data when used by applications that are protected by IBM Spectrum Protect Plus.

Finally, Chapter 8 describes a solution for an OpenShift cluster recovery that combines Velero and IBM Spectrum Protect Plus restore operations.

Table of contents

Chapter 1. Introduction to containers
Chapter 2. IBM Spectrum Protect Plus architecture
Chapter 3. Installing IMB Spectrum Protect Plus as a containerized application
Chapter 4. Container Backup Support
Chapter 5. Using the IBM block storage Container Storage Interface driver with IBM Spectrum Protect Plus
Chapter 6. Implementing and using Backup as a Service
Chapter 7. OpenShift cluster disaster recovery solution
Appendix A. OpenShift API for Data Protection and Velero offline installation
Appendix B. Local registry

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