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We performed a comparison between IBM Spectrum Protect and Vembu BDRSuite based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two Backup and Recovery Software solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.
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Pros
"Nothing beats this solution for file backup.""IBM Spectrum Protect offers stable software and products.""It's a very stable product, and we've never had any downtime with it.""I find the whole product useful. The backup archive client, snapshot, spectrum for virtual environments are beneficial features.""Its incremental forever approach is valuable, so we don't have to load tapes to do a restore.""The customization and the ability to backup across all platforms are the most valuable features.""The backup is very good. In other backup systems, you need a lot of storage to gain the same backup policy.""Its flexibility is valuable. It is a very flexible solution. There are always more ways than one to do something. It is a software solution, which means you can buy your own hardware and expand it whenever you want. You are not boxed in or locked into something you've bought and outgrown. You can always expand it."

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"The ability to map a drive and restore a separate file is most valuable. The restoration activity is good.""Moving to cloud backups eliminated the need for clients to change USB drives or worry about drives being stored offsite.""We have seen ROI. The real return is when something bad happens. All the proof of concept work that we did, all the testing we did, it all panned out for us. We're already seeing a return on that.""You can restore all your data or partial parts of it. You can restore a specific version of the data. It has a lot of options for restore, so you can have the correct data that you want to restore. This is very important. You must know what you are going to restore. Otherwise, you may be overwriting correct data with other data. You must know what specific files you are restoring as well as which version. Partial restore is very important because there might be some files which are newer than the backup and some files that are corrupted. You need to restore some files from the backup, but not all the files.""The Vembu BDR product is very intuitive and easy to use.""The best thing about it is that it has been adaptable to our business model. We are in industrial networking, and they were adaptable to give us offline installers and offline licenses. That has been the biggest thing. They also allow us to order the licenses on a perpetual basis.""Its ease of use and price are most valuable. It is simple and straightforward. Someone who has never used any backup software will easily understand it from the first installation. It is that simple. Price-wise, it is much cheaper than its counterparts.""It made it easy for us to handle the daily backup of endpoints."

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Cons
"It does what we need it to do, but it could be better with VM backups. It could be better integrated with virtual machines or VM backups, but that's why they have their Plus out now. Plus version is more geared toward VM backups. The regular version is more for endpoint clients.""IBM Spectrum Protect does have a lot of the features that we need, but I think they need to improve their backup virtualization and backup for container.""I think Spectrum Protect's interface is not so user-friendly, but the interface is not so friendly. Some of the functions are too complicated. I prefer a simpler solution.""The initial setup is complex.""The reporting could be better.""Replication of data could be more user friendly.""The main admin console from the UI cannot do anything in the product. It just allows us to maintain, maybe, 30% to 40%. For the rest, we have to use the command line.""The installation process could be simplified."

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"I have had issues with new client registrations. There are frequent connectivity issues to the cloud servers. Multiple times, I have had to prove to support that it wasn’t a problem on my end. It always works out in the end, but it is troubling to have the same issues repeated across different clients. Issues eventually get escalated to the cloud team and are mysteriously resolved with no changes on my end.""We do a lot of internal automation, so the Vembu API definitely has some gaps. The Vembu API could definitely use some improvement. We do rely a lot on automation outside of just the regular interface. We've noticed that the Vembu GUI is good, but we do leverage the APIs for a lot of stuff, and there's definitely some room for improvement there.""They need to improve their marketing because not many people are aware of it. People ask me what is Vembu, and I have to explain to them it is a good tool for backup and other things.""Vembu BDR currently supports backups of O365, although it does not currently have an email archiving function to the O365 backups.""It would be a great improvement if they can give a console to control the systems. All other vendors let you simply log in to the cloud console and control everything from there, but for Vembu, whether you choose Vembu Cloud Backup or Vembu Disaster Recovery, you still need to install the Vembu software on your on-premise system and configure it from there. It would be great if I can get a cloud console to manage the systems.""The dashboard should more interactive.""Windows 10 does not have application-aware backups. From my point of view, that's what's existing needs improvement.""Maybe they can add some features regarding working with the vCenter cluster to be able to have more power over the cluster overall, not just over a single or specific host. Also, I would like some enhancements in technology for the web interface, e.g., some interactive technologies to advance the interface of Vembu. Although the current interface is very good, maybe they can use more advanced technologies for its web development."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "It is really expensive. Its price is not good for Latin America. Its price is good for the United States or Europe."
  • "It is expensive."
  • "The solution is expensive."
  • "I don't have an idea about the pricing. They send that over to someone else, but I know that one of the issues they had was the licensing costs. I don't think they were happy with how they were charged."
  • "Its licensing is complex, and its price is not really reasonable. It is on the expensive side. IBM, in general, is slightly expensive, but with IBM Spectrum for the virtual environment, they are looking into the aspect of helping customers with the cost and providing a cost-effective solution."
  • "When compared to the cost of other enterprise products, it seems to be in the same range. However, compared to the cost of non-enterprise products, it is really high."
  • "We are paying for support and maintenance on a monthly basis."
  • "That's a hard estimate. It depends on the licensing, the hardware, and other stuff, but it is fairly expensive. It is generally more expensive than other solutions."
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  • "Price-wise, it is much cheaper than its counterparts. I like its pricing, and its price is okay. The lesser they take, the more profit we can make, but we are happy with its price. It is very affordable. We were working with a client, and they were looking for backup software and had a very tight budget. When I told them that Vembu is only going to cost around $400 to $500, they were shocked. They didn't believe me, so I showed them the website so that they can check the price themselves. Of course, if they agree to that price, we get a 15% rebate as a managed service provider."
  • "The pricing of Vembu is one of its strong points. The license is not as much as other competitors, and it has a variety of licensing options: subscription-based, perpetual licenses, and a virtual machine license. You can design whatever license that you adopted to your environment, and that can support your environment without extra cost, providing more than you need. So, you can design a license that fits your environment and budget. The pricing is very good and can be used when the budget is tight."
  • "Its price is reasonable as compared to other solutions. There are no additional costs. While increasing the count on the server-side, we have to take care of managing or optimizing the license."
  • "The pricing is good. The tough part is estimating storage needs."
  • "Its price is fair, and they still allow perpetual licensing, which is extremely important for us. They also have offline licensing. I am not aware of any costs in addition to the standard licensing fees. In terms of the affordability of the solution for businesses with a tight budget, you aren't going to beat it."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:The price of IBM Spectrum Protect is expensive and there is only a standard licensing fee.
    Top Answer:IBM Spectrum Protect is used for the physical server databases.
    Top Answer:The scalability of IBM Spectrum Protect is good.
    Top Answer:With any backup that uses VMware snapshots, there is a disk ballooning issue where VMware reports that the server is using 100% of the assigned storage, even when the disk is thin provisioned, when… more »
    Top Answer:Any organization that is looking to deploy a backup solution in their environment with minimal time commitment and the highest level of confidence in being able to restore their data should be… more »
    Top Answer:The best thing about it is that it has been adaptable to our business model. We are in industrial networking, and they were adaptable to give us offline installers and offline licenses. That has been… more »
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    Also Known As
    IBM TSM, IBM Tivoli Storage Manager
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    Overview
    IBM Spectrum Protect (Tivoli Storage Manager) is a data protection platform that gives enterprises a single point of control and administration for backup and recovery. It is the flagship product in the IBM Spectrum Protect (Tivoli Storage Manager) family. It enables reliable, cost effective backups and fast recovery for virtual, physical and cloud environments of all sizes.

    Vembu has ventured into the Backup & Disaster Recovery market in 2002. Since then, the only focus is on building a comprehensive data protection solution.

    Vembu’s flagship offering - BDRSuite - is a Comprehensive Backup and Disaster Recovery Solution for Small/Medium Businesses, Enterprise Businesses, and Service Providers. 

    BDRSuite is designed to protect data across Data Centers/Private Clouds (VMware,

    Hyper-V, Windows, Linux, Applications & Databases), Public Clouds (AWS), SaaS Applications (Microsoft 365, Google Workspace), and Endpoints (Windows, Mac). 

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    Our solutions are extremely affordable and are ideal for businesses of any size, with a tight budget. 

    Businesses can save up to 70% on backup costs using BDRSuite compared to the Industry Leader. We offer 24/7 technical support.

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    PRICING DETAILS

    VMware & Hyper-V VM Backup starts at $1.8/VM/Month 

    Windows Server Backup starts at $6/Server/Month 

    Linux Server Backup starts at $6/Server/Month 

    AWS EC2 Backup starts at $3/Instance/Month 

    Microsoft 365 & Google Workspace Backup starts at $1.2/User/Month 

    Endpoints Backup starts at $1.5/Endpoint/Month

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    Sample Customers
    CERN, Einstein Healthcare, Nyherji, Allianz Australia, TZM, ABT Online, NCT, Kindred Healthcare Inc., Cobalt Iron, TransGrid, Baptist Health of Northeast Florida, Cash America, Piedmont Healthcare, RWGV, Arkansas Tech University, British Columbia Institute of Technology
    NASA, Intel, CISCO, PHILIPS, Atos, HEXAWARE, Motorola
    Top Industries
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    Healthcare Company15%
    Financial Services Firm14%
    Computer Software Company9%
    Insurance Company8%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company21%
    Comms Service Provider14%
    Financial Services Firm10%
    Government8%
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    Manufacturing Company14%
    Performing Arts7%
    Retailer7%
    Non Profit7%
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    Computer Software Company26%
    Comms Service Provider14%
    Retailer10%
    Educational Organization5%
    Company Size
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    Small Business31%
    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise54%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business20%
    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise63%
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    Small Business65%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise17%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business36%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise49%
    Buyer's Guide
    IBM Spectrum Protect vs. Vembu BDRSuite
    November 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about IBM Spectrum Protect vs. Vembu BDRSuite and other solutions. Updated: November 2022.
    654,218 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    IBM Spectrum Protect is ranked 11th in Backup and Recovery Software with 39 reviews while Vembu BDRSuite is ranked 17th in Backup and Recovery Software with 8 reviews. IBM Spectrum Protect is rated 7.8, while Vembu BDRSuite is rated 8.8. The top reviewer of IBM Spectrum Protect writes "Provides us with the scalability and growth that we need". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Vembu BDRSuite writes "Its ease of use and price set it apart from other solutions". IBM Spectrum Protect is most compared with IBM Spectrum Protect Plus, Veeam Backup & Replication, Commvault Complete Data Protection, Cohesity DataProtect and Rubrik, whereas Vembu BDRSuite is most compared with Veeam Backup & Replication, Dell RecoverPoint for Virtual Machines, Zerto, Hornetsecurity Altaro VM Backup and Nakivo. See our IBM Spectrum Protect vs. Vembu BDRSuite report.

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