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Spectrum Protect (formerly TSM "Tivoli Storage Manager") lets you back up and restore files to and from your server machine, or over the MIT network, to a secure server that IS&T manages.

How to Obtain


Spectrum Protect is available to MIT students, faculty, and staff for use on server machines only.


Spectrum Protect accepts new registrations for server machine backups only. To back up your desktop or laptop, download and register for a CrashPlan account.



About this Version 

Spectrum Protect 8.1 is a backup/archive client from IBM.

System requirements

Notes: Time Machine backup data is excluded from Spectrum Protect backup. IS&T does not support Time Machine at this time.

  • Processor: Intel-based Mac
    • Note: As of 5/2021 IBM does NOT yet support Apple silicon based Macs using translation mechanism Rosetta 2.
  • Operating systems supported by IBM:
    • OSX 12 - Monterey
    • OSX 11 - Big Sur
    • OSX 10.15 - Catalina
    • OSX 10.14 - Mojave
  • Memory: No additional RAM is required for product installation. RAM requirements for running the product vary widely and depend on your environment, configuration, and tasks that you perform. Additional RAM might be required to run the product.
  • Disk space: 500 MB
  • Additional requirements: