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Shakeel Ahmed
IT Infrastructure Team Lead at a government with 201-500 employees
Real User
Top 5
Provides us with cost-effective VM backup
Pros and Cons
  • "It backs up our virtual machines with the CBT, Changed Block Tracking."
  • "The reports are at a basic level and there is room for improvement there. It only has historical reports and VM backup job-level reports."

What is our primary use case?

We have a multi-tenant environment with multi-cloud, but we are only using this for our local data center backups. This is a small setup with around 50 to 60 VMs.

How has it helped my organization?

We are able to back up our local virtual machines. Without backup we could end up in very critical situations.

What is most valuable?

It backs up our virtual machines with the CBT, Changed Block Tracking. This is a common feature. We don't have a complex hierarchy here because we have a local data center with minimal use. 

The compression ratio is fine and the deduplication is as well. We are not using the encryption feature yet, as we only deployed it recently. We may use it later on.

What needs improvement?

The reports are at a basic level and there is room for improvement there. It only has historical reports and VM backup job-level reports.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using BDR Suite for about three or four months.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The stability is okay, it's running fine. Up to now we haven't had any negative issues.

How are customer service and technical support?

Technical support is good. Whenever I raise a ticket they reply in a timely fashion.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Our basic goal is the backup of our infrastructure. We chose this platform because it's cost-effective.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is very straightforward. The solution is very easy. It's not a complex one where we need to follow detailed diagrams. I installed and tested everything and it's running fine now.

Initially, I had some issues but I fixed them myself. When I deployed this tool it was having issues with some virtual machines, specifically with Windows 2019. Fortunately, I was able to fix that issue by updating the Windows version to the latest software.

The whole setup took one or two days, including the installation and configuration of servers. 

Fixing the issue I mentioned took some days because I need to update the servers. Otherwise, the overall deployment did not take a long time.

In terms of a deployment plan, before deployment I considered my whole environment and then I started the deployment. Our IT team is just three or four people and I did it myself.

What about the implementation team?

I didn't need too much help for Vembu, other than for licensing. They helped me on the licensing purchase.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The pricing is very good compared to Veeam. Veeam is very well-known software for backup and replication, and comparing Vembu to that, from the financial aspect, Vembu is very good.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I deployed Veeam and it worked very well, but the problem was that its price was very high. As a result, I searched for another solution and found Vembu. I deployed it and we have been happy with it. For us, the major difference was the pricing.

What other advice do I have?

Our environment is at a very basic level. We don't have multi-level vCenters or cloud. Vembu BDR Suite is working fine for us. Right now we have only three hosts with virtual machines and it's okay for us. 

Overall, this suite is very good. It has features which we use like a backup proxy and test processing. It delivers an enterprise-level data protection solution and helps us reduce our budget. It's cost-effective.

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Information Technology Analyst 3 at a retailer with 51-200 employees
Real User
Top 10
compression, encryption, and deduplication features all work fine
Pros and Cons
  • "The compression, encryption, and deduplication features all work fine."
  • "The system died twice and it was apparently the result of corrupted disk sectors. I tried to work with tech support to fix it, but they essentially gave up. So twice, I had to rebuild our server."

What is our primary use case?

We use it for backing up VMs.

How has it helped my organization?

We are using it with VMware and the benefit is that we have reliable backups.

What is most valuable?

It's pretty basic backup stuff. I set it up and it just runs.

The compression, encryption, and deduplication features all work fine.

What needs improvement?

The system died twice and it was apparently the result of corrupted disk sectors. I tried to work with tech support to fix it, but they essentially gave up. So twice, I had to rebuild our server. I don't know why that happened and tech support didn't seem particularly concerned about figuring it out. That's my only complaint.

For how long have I used the solution?

We've been using Vembu BDR Suite for about a year.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It did completely die twice and couldn't be revived. If that happens again, we're probably going to look at another product. My only concern is the stability.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We're not likely to be adding too many more VMs anytime soon. So I don't have any way of judging the scalability. We might deploy it on another site. We'll see about that.

How are customer service and technical support?

Technical support is good but the problem I have is that I often can't understand the technicians because they have extremely heavy accents, and that makes communication kind of difficult.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We were using VDP, which is a free application from ESX. But it's not very good, in fact it's awful, and it's no longer supported. We replaced it with Vembu and we're quite happy.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is simple. It didn't take more than a day or so, including testing. I got a trial version and decided it did what we want it to do and then I just set it up.

What was our ROI?

The solution provides us with enterprise-level data protection.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The pricing is quite reasonable.

What other advice do I have?

If you can't afford Veeam, which is very expensive, I would recommend Vembu.

Vembu is used by me and another system administrator. That's it. We manage it, but it only requires one person for deployment and maintenance. 

Our end-users don't know it's there.

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Forrest Wu
Sr. Specialist, IT at WWF-Canada
Real User
Top 10
Improved our business continuity; it has helped us recover from a few incidences
Pros and Cons
  • "It has improved our business continuity."
  • "The support is a bit slow in resolving an issue. It takes a long time to recover."

What is our primary use case?

We use it to backup VMware virtual machines, so I'm backing up my VMware environment. My product is for Windows Server Backup.

We are a small business. We don't use the enterprise version of the solution.

How has it helped my organization?

It has improved our business continuity.

We have used this solution to recover from a few incidences. 

What is most valuable?

The firewall backup is the most valuable feature. We need it sometimes when we recover a single file.

The compression is the most useful feature for me.

What needs improvement?

The product's stability needs some improvements. 

The support is a bit slow in resolving an issue. It takes a long time to recover.

For how long have I used the solution?

One year.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The solution is 90 percent stable. It is running well. The availability is good.

Two or three employees are needed for deployment and maintenance of the solution.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

I only have two servers. I don't test other servers.

We don't count our users for this solution as it is a backup service.

How are customer service and technical support?

I would rate the technical support as eight or nine (out of 10). I would like them to improve their response rate.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

This was our first product.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was neither simple nor complex; it was intermediate. It took four hours to set up/deploy. We implemented it into a very simple environment (Windows Server Backup).

What about the implementation team?

We deployed it ourselves.

What was our ROI?

We have seen ROI with Vembu. The solution is worth it based on the few times that we used it for recovery.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We tested three products. One of the other products that we evaluated was Altaro.

We chose Vembu because the compatibility was better.

What other advice do I have?

I would definitely recommend Vembu. We have been mostly satisfied with the solution. We plan to keep using it.

Overall, I would rate the product as a nine (out of 10).

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