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Vembu BDRSuite is the #8 ranked solution in top Disaster Recovery Software, #12 ranked solution in top Cloud Backup tools, and #17 ranked solution in best Backup and Recovery Software. PeerSpot users give Vembu BDRSuite an average rating of 8.8 out of 10. Vembu BDRSuite is most commonly compared to Veeam Backup & Replication: Vembu BDRSuite vs Veeam Backup & Replication. Vembu BDRSuite is popular among the large enterprise segment, accounting for 49% of users researching this solution on PeerSpot. The top industry researching this solution are professionals from a computer software company, accounting for 26% of all views.
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What is Vembu BDRSuite?

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

Vembu BDRSuite Customers

NASA, Intel, CISCO, PHILIPS, Atos, HEXAWARE, Motorola

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What users are saying about Vembu BDRSuite pricing:
  • "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."
  • "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."
  • "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."
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    Project Manager at TMI DUBAI
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    Its ease of use and price set it apart from other solutions
    Pros and Cons
    • "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 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."

    What is our primary use case?

    We are a managed service provider (MSP). We have also started to sell it recently. We have been using this solution at our company, and after testing the product for close to six months, we realized this is a good option moving forward.

    How has it helped my organization?

    We are a managed service provider. For us, this solution is even more beneficial because we can control the licenses, renewals, and other things for customers from a managed service provider's panel, and we get an option to upsell and cross-sell to clients.

    What is most valuable?

    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 also has very less overhead on IT in terms of the product, service, and outcomes. Another good feature is that you don't really have to install any agent on the server side, especially when you are taking Hyper-V backup. We are using Microsoft Hyper-V, and we are taking backup. No agent and other things need to be installed on your machines.

    I have done a couple of restores on a trial basis to check the integrity, and I did not find any issue in terms of the reliability of the restores. It was smooth.

    What needs improvement?

    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. 

    They can also give an option where if you don't want to install an agent, you can use your own server and manage it, but if you want to manage it from the cloud console, you install the agent. It should be my choice. I should have control when I am sitting at home. I should also have control over the cloud so that I can monitor everything and do whatever I like. If my organization policy does not allow me to do that, then obviously I don't do it, but Vembu should provide such an option.

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    For how long have I used the solution?

    I have been using this solution for close to six months.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    It looks good to me. So far, I haven't found any glitches. It is always there, so it is stable. You run it through the browser, which makes it simple.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    It is scalable. We started with a 30-days trial, and after that, we started using its free version. Today, we upgraded from the free version to the enterprise version. We are also working on putting 10 TB backup on Vembu cloud as well as going ahead with almost eight servers for the disaster recovery offsite. 

    To upgrade from the free version to the enterprise version, I simply had to synchronize the license, and everything was set. You can scale it very easily. You just need to activate the license under your account, and then you can log in to the Vembu console and just synchronize the license, and you're done. If you want to go from an on-premise backup to the cloud, you should have a cloud license. You can then synchronize and configure it. That's it. 

    In terms of the size of the environment, one of the implementations is done for a government organization, and there are around 20 or 25 users with close to 5 terabytes of data and two virtual machines. We don't have plans to increase its usage in the same organization because this is a small subsidiary of a big government office. With the same client, there is nothing more we can do. They have a limited number of users, but we are working on implementing it for other clients.

    How are customer service and support?

    I have used their support, and I had a very good experience. We were basically installing a demo for another client, and they were using 2008. We were getting a particular error while doing the installation, and for that, they needed to reboot the server, but you just cannot reboot the server in a live environment. You need to fix up a time for that. For example, if we have to reboot your servers, we need to schedule it with you, and you will schedule a time for it with your management.

    Vembu's support is available 24/7. They said that whenever we are ready, we should just send them an email, and they will do a remote session with us, which is what precisely happened. When we were ready, I sent them the intimation that we will be ready in about 15 or 20 minutes, and their support guy connected with it and helped us.

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

    Its ease of use and less price set it apart from other solutions. I have used many solutions, such as Acronis, Veeam, Symantec, Veritas, etc, and all of them are a bit complicated. I found Vembu to be the simplest one. In terms of features, it is similar to others. It has encryption and retention features and multiple backup options that every backup software provides.

    Currently, we are also using Acronis, and slowly, we will be migrating from Acronis to Vembu. It is cheaper in price than Acronis. Of course, Acronis gives other benefits such as patch updates, cybersecurity, ransomware protection, and so on, but people have their firewall, endpoint protection, and antivirus. They don't really need to invest again in something that they don't need. The only thing that they particularly need is a backup solution that is encrypted, so there is no point in protecting them from all these things because they are already protected. If you go for Acronis Cyber Cloud, a client is not going to stop using the firewalls or endpoint protection. There is no point in loading double onto that. It is a good addition for those people who are very specific and know what they want. If you just don't know what to do, then you can go on a shopping spree.

    With Acronis, all you have to do is to install the agent, and then you can control everything from the cloud. Wherever you are, you simply log in to the console, and you have your servers over there, and you can do whatever you feel like. With Vembu, you have to install the Vembu BDR software onto the server, and from there, you can basically dump the DR or a backup onto the cloud.

    How was the initial setup?

    It was very straightforward. You simply install the software, plug in the storage or wherever you want to dump that, and create a profile. That's it. These were the three steps, and of course, the fourth one was to activate the free software. You can start with the full-fledged version after 30 days. You can convert the trial version into the free version, which is available online. It is easy. 

    Its initial installation took less than an hour. This includes downloading and setting it up.

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

    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.

    You choose the type of license you want. There are two types of licenses. One is a subscription license, and the other one is a perpetual license. If you go for a perpetual license, next year, if you want, you can renew the support. It is up to our clients whether they want to renew the support or not. They have an option. They also have an option to go for a subscription.

    What other advice do I have?

    Every IT scenario differs from others. It is a good product, and just give it a shot. If it fits your organization, you will save a lot.

    I have been in IT for over 25 years, and I had never heard about this software. I came across this through a consultant who was also working for a government organization. They asked us to install the free Vembu backup software, and I wondered which is this solution. I checked their website, downloaded the software, and installed it for the first time. I was amazed why there is no marketing for this. I get so many marketing emails and other things, but I never got any email related to Vembu. I also didn't come across it while doing research on the internet.

    We have been using this solution for only six months. There are many features that we haven't used, but whatever has been phased out and tested was okay. We haven't yet used Vembu to back up Microsoft 365, Google Workspace, or AWS, and we also haven't used Vembu's Download VM to help in migrating physical machines to a VM environment. Similarly, we haven't used its Instant Boot VM feature for instant access to VMs or physical machines after a crash. 

    It provides multiple options to recover data during hardware failures or accidental deletion of files, but I haven't tested this option. Having such a feature is a good addition because if some resources are not there, you can restore your data to different ones. We will definitely be using Vembu's data integrity check feature after the enterprise installation.

    I would rate Vembu BDR Suite an eight out of 10.

    Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

    On-premises
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    Thank you for the feedback.


    We now provide a basic multi-tenancy feature in the Vembu BDR Suite. We are working on comprehensive multi-tenancy features to address requirements like you've mentioned, which we plan to release after our upcoming release - Vembu BDR Suite v5.0.


    For further updates or queries, please get in touch with our team through vembu-support@vembu.com

    Network Manager at a tech services company with 1-10 employees
    Real User
    Top 20
    Provides multiple options to recover data during hardware failures or accidental deletion of files
    Pros and Cons
    • "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."
    • "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."

    What is our primary use case?

    We're deploying it to support the backup of some on-premise VMware vSphere workloads.

    How has it helped my organization?

    Vembu has been a great benefit to us and it's been very positive. I would definitely say it's been a good thing.

    What is most valuable?

    We're using some very specific components of it like the on-prem backup to back up some separate systems for DR.

    The restores have been reliable. We went through testing validation and we haven't had any issues.

    We just started to use Vembu's Data Integrity Check. We need to validate the backups to see that they're able to be restored. This feature is pretty important. It's a big deal.

    The restores have performed very well but our infrastructure is highly connected. Our infrastructure is the way it was before. We have a 10-gigabit infrastructure. So the performance of our backups has occurred the same as it did before, and it's been very good. We haven't noticed any difference between what we were doing before and with Vembu now.

    It's important to us that Vembu provides multiple options to recover data during hardware failures or accidental deletion of files. But it's not critical because we back up the entire environment. So if we had a problem, we pull back the entire system. There's only a couple of instances where we pull back individual files. Being able to recover the entire virtual machine is the most important piece.

    We used the Instant Boot VM feature for instant access to our VMs when we did the testing, but it's not necessarily something that I think is going to be an absolute requirement for us. It would be important if we lost everything

    What needs improvement?

    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.

    When it comes to the GUI, it could use some UI modifications to make it a little bit easier to navigate, filter, and sort information.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    We just made the purchase. We just went through the evaluation and we purchased it in the last two months.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    So far, it has been very stable for us. We haven't had any problems.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    We're not a big shop. We don't scale to thousands and thousands of workloads, but it's scaled very well for the things that we've needed to do.

    We're 100% into Vembu right now. I don't know that we'll be looking to do anything more. That all depends on what the infrastructure requires of us, but right now it's working very well. I don't think we're going to scale out and do Hyper-V, Office 365, or any of that stuff, at least not right now. If that does become a need, we'll be using Vembu for that because we know it can do that kind of work, but right now that's not in scope for us.

    We have a little over 150-some odd workloads, virtual machines, and we have six hosts. Spread across six hosts, we have 150 workloads. It's not a big environment.

    How are customer service and technical support?

    Technical support was very good. We engaged them. They did respond very quickly. We were able to get them in and work through the issues that were there. They did have to go back to the team a couple of times to get some answers for us, but it was certainly no more than one business day between them going back, figuring out what's going on, and getting back with us. They were very good.

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

    We did use another solution but it was for the exact same kind of thing that we're using Vembu for.

    It worked fine for a while but the updates weren't happening on a regular basis and the product wasn't moving forward the way that we wanted it to. Vembu has a lot more time under its belt in terms of development and whatnot. It turned out to be a much better solution for us.

    How was the initial setup?

    The initial setup was very straightforward.

    Vembu has two options for deployment, Windows or Linux, and so we had looked at both options. Both options for setup and configuration were pretty straightforward. There were some bugs that needed to be worked out, so we had to engage the Vembu support team. That team engaged very quickly and worked diligently to get the issues resolved. There were two or three things that needed to be addressed. Ultimately, we chose to go down the path of Windows deployment for Vembu, not necessarily because there were problems with the Linux platform, but because the Windows platform seemed to work better for us for some of the automation that we're doing. Overall, it was very good. 

    The initial proof of concept to deployment was about a two-month venture for us. It was not very long.

    Three people were required for the deployment. We're all engineers and I have the decision-making ability.

    What was our ROI?

    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.

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

    They do have a pretty good breakdown online. Their product detail and data sheets and all that kind of stuff listed out pretty well what it does. So we knew right away that it was going to probably align with what we needed to do. It was pretty easy for us to understand how well it was going to be aligned.

    I think it's priced well. Obviously, we're happy with the pricing.

    Which other solutions did I evaluate?

    There were a number of different technologies we looked at. They were all the same basic feature functionality that we were looking for. In some cases, it was the price. A couple of the products that we were looking at are more than twice the cost of Vembu. We're not a big environment so to pay twice the amount of money for effectively the same solution just didn't make a lot of sense for us. There are some less expensive solutions too but they didn't offer some of the automation that we needed. They didn't offer an API. They didn't offer as easy a path to getting into Vembu as Vembu offered. Vembu wasn't the least expensive and they weren't the most expensive, but it did align with what we needed. And a lot of what we needed was VMware and vSphere backups, automation, those kinds of things, and we felt that Vembu was the way to go.

    We do have a tight budget. We're not a big shop or environment. It was very affordable. The cost was a big deal but it was very affordable for us.

    What other advice do I have?

    Look at it to align it with what you need it to do. See if it is well aligned with the way your infrastructure operates and the needs that you have with what Vembu can offer. Obviously price and budget are concerns, but I think that initially, it has to meet your needs. You're not going to go out and buy something that only gives you half of what you need. It's really all about evaluating the business needs first.

    I would rate Vembu an eight out of ten.

    Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

    On-premises
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    Thank you for the feedback. Good to know that our product has met all your backup requirements. 


    We have improved the Vembu BDR Suite user interface for the best user experience and added more APIs, which will be available in our next release v5.0. For any updates or queries, kindly get in touch with our team through vembu-support@vembu.com.

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    You can restore all your data or specific parts of it
    Pros and Cons
    • "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."
    • "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."

    What is our primary use case?

    Mainly, we use it for our backup recovery. If you have relevant data, we need to make backups similar to the data to ensure that we can export it in the case of any emergency or disaster. The main use case is disaster recovery for relevant data to be able to survive after any disaster.

    I have two deployments. One of them is Hyper-V deployment with backup for Hyper-V virtual machines. The other one with backup for the Vembu virtual infrastructure version. Both of them are on-premises. There is nothing on the cloud.

    How has it helped my organization?

    All our clients have been happy with the backup and restore features.

    What is most valuable?

    It is easy. You can save a lot with their features, without a lot of hassle. You can design your backups closely and flexibly without a lot of details or variables. It is very straightforward. You can put what you want in the right place in a very short amount of time.

    The speed of the solution’s restores is good. It is dependent on the infrastructure and the nature of the connection between the storage and servers. Overall, it is good. There are no problems when using it.

    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.

    We have the VM replication. We can copy a VM to another host with VM replication.

    What 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.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I have been using it for about a year.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    For the entire time that I have used Vembu, I didn't encounter any issues. It is very consistent and nothing failed nor was corrupted. 

    I have three people trained on the solution, and the main person is leading the support. They are IT specialists. The role of backup administrator is assigned to them. They keep track of the backup operations done daily or weekly. If something needs to be restored, they are responsible for restoring it.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    Scalability is good.

    I am backing up two environments: Hyper-V and VMware. One of them is about 40 VMs, and the other about 60 to 65 VMs, supported by three machines that are dual sockets each.

    How are customer service and technical support?

    The main component in the backup solutions is compatibility. The backup is located on the hard disk, and I didn't face any corruption of data, which is very valuable. When something happens as an error, there is technical support who gives us the reason why this error is emerging. In most of the cases, the errors are emerging from the operating systems in which you are trying to back up. Sometimes, the client refuses to connect, etc. All this is under control and can easily be solved.

    I refer a lot to the knowledge base on the website, which is very good. I haven't needed to contact support persons interactively. 

    How was the initial setup?

    I tried to install it twice on Linux just for testing, and I succeeded, but it was picky sometimes, because there are a lot of options with command line interface. So, it was a challenge to get it to work on many operating systems. However, on Windows, the setup was very straightforward and no problem at all.

    Using Windows to deploy takes not more than five minutes. It is very fast. For Linux, it takes about half an hour to an hour, according to the problems that we would face.

    We tried to restore it mainly on the physical machines, not virtual. The hardware that it is deployed on is very reliable. We faced problems on the backup machine itself. The machine, which functions to store the data, must be very reliable. You also need to keep it away from any disaster or security exposure.

    What about the implementation team?

    I did contact their technical guys for some technical discussions before we deployed one of the instances that we used. They were very good and helpful.

    What was our ROI?

    Manually restores or restores from manual backups are very hard. They take some time. Restoring from a platform software, like Vembu, makes things very easier, particularly the speed to restore which version, which state, and to where. So, you speed up the overall operation by 20% to 25%.

    The ROI is very good because you have the safety of being protected by backing up your data a lot. If an incident happens, then we can restore valuable data, save a lot of money, and preserve the continuity of the business. This is a big benefit which provides a lot of value. 

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

    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.

    Which other solutions did I evaluate?

    I used Veeam software for a while, but as a trial. I didn't support it because their prices are very high. I think Vembu provides the most resolution for our backups.

    I use the Microsoft Windows Backup tool sometimes. However, it feels like a very heavy tool, not a sophisticated tool.

    I know that there are features that are more advanced with other competitors, but those are not needed often.

    What other advice do I have?

    I used Vembu's Data Integrity Check once when doing an integrity check for the backup. If I have doubts that the backup is good or bad, it might be good for that, but I haven't used it a lot.

    I encouraged you very much to engage with Vembu. Vembu is a really good software. I was convinced to use the company and software the first time that I saw it. I recommend it to everyone I know. It is a very powerful backup solution with a good price.

    I would rate it as nine out of 10.

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    BhavaniShanmugam - PeerSpot reviewer
    BhavaniShanmugamProduct Analyst at Vembu Technologies
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    Thank you for your feedback. Good to know that our product has met all your backup requirements. For any updates or queries, you can reach our team through vembu-support@vembu.com.

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    President at DirectNetworks, Inc.
    MSP
    Top 10
    Flexible, has an intuitive interface, and allows for restoring directly to an ESXi host or vCenter appliance
    Pros and Cons
    • "The Vembu BDR product is very intuitive and easy to use."
    • "Vembu BDR currently supports backups of O365, although it does not currently have an email archiving function to the O365 backups."

    What is our primary use case?

    We manage 100s of backups at any given time. This includes virtual machines, both VMware and Hyper-V, physical machines running Windows, and file-level backups.

    We have backups that are 100% cloud-based as well as ones that retain both a local backup and a cloud backup copy. The data replicated to the cloud must be contained within a data center that is owned/managed by our organization.

    Our recovery processes primarily include being able to restore directly to an ESXi host/vCenter appliance. This must be able to be completed in the shortest amount of time possible.

    How has it helped my organization?

    The Vembu BDR product is very intuitive and easy to use. This provided us easy training of our staff, a quick process for our internal documentation, and reduced time in installation/configuration and deployment to new customers/devices.

    The high level of stability of the Vembu BDR Suite has reduced our engineering management time by at least 35%, which has also lead to a higher rate of successful backups.

    The retention mechanisms within the solution are a critical component of our backup strategy. It has allowed us to reduce the amount of backup storage we use by more than 25%, which has saved on our hardware costs both initially and on an ongoing basis.

    What is most valuable?

    The most valuable feature is the highest level of flexibility. The Vembu BDR platform allows you to backup virtual machines and physical machines at both the file level and image level. You can choose to deploy offsite backups only, onsite backups only, or both onsite with replication offsite.

    Being able to use one platform to accommodate all of these different scenarios has allowed us to train our staff on one solution and really make sure they are experts at that product. 

    The ability to restore backups directly to any ESXi Host/vCenter environment is critical for us. The process in which to execute the restore is simple and the recovery time is quick. We regularly execute restores of 5TB-10TB environments in a matter of hours.

    What needs improvement?

    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 the Windows "Optimizer" runs while the snapshot is in place. Basically, this is the case when the backup is running. This issue is not specific to the Vembu BDR solution; however, it would be nice if Vembu was able to implement some function that would disable/disallow the Windows Optimizer from running during a backup.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    We have been using Vembu BDR Suite for more than 10 years.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    As an MSP, we have used many different backup solutions, as both a managed service as well as customer-deployed. The Vembu BDR solution is one of the most stable platforms we have used. For us, some of the measurements we use to determine stability are:

    1. The installation/configuration is streamlined and functions as expected.
    2. General use of the product runs smoothly without any regular "glitches", services stopping, or having to constantly reboot the machine to resolve issues.
    3. Backups have a high completion percentage. More importantly, not getting failed backups on reoccurring issues that you have already implemented a fix for.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    It currently supports all of the features that we need in a backup solution. However, I am aware that as O365 implementations continue to grow, I suspect additional O365 backup functionality will be needed. Vembu BDR currently supports backups of O365, although it does not currently have an email archiving function to the O365 backups. This is something that we have had customers request.

    How are customer service and technical support?

    As with any technology based product, there are times when assistance is needed to configure, update, or troubleshoot the product. It is critical for our organization to be able to obtain support 24x7 with a team that understands their product. This is one of the areas we are most impressed with Vembu Technologies. They are always very quick to respond, provide excellent tools to their team, and are always efficient at driving the ticket to resolution.

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

    We had a few concerns with our previous backup solution that we were looking to remediate.

    1. The synthetic full was a forever backup, which over time would take up a ridiculous amount of space. With the Vembu BDR solution, we are able to configure a retention process of however many days we specify. This greatly reduces the amount of backup space used and ultimately saves us in hardware costs.
    2. The time needed to maintain the backups was a problem. Our volume of failed backups on Vembu BDR is at least 50% less than our previous backup platform. This not only reduces our engineering costs but also increases the morale of our engineering team, as they are less stressed about failing backups.
    3. Backup chains on our old backup platform had to be manually validated and cleaned up. I felt the risk of missing a file during this process was too high and could result in the inability to restore data. With Vembu BDR, the retention process is entirely automated within the software and requires no manual cleanup.

    How was the initial setup?

    Compared to other backup solutions, the initial setup was the most straightforward.

    What about the implementation team?

    We deployed in-house.

    What was our ROI?

    I would guess our tangible ROI was 12-24 months. However, for us, it was more valuable to deploy a solution that provides us confidence in being able to restore, as well as reduce the stress of our engineering team. These are invaluable items that you can't really put an ROI on.

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

    If backup and recovery performance is critical for your environment, then the hardware is just as important as the software. We deploy full servers as our backup appliances with only SSD disks and enough processing power and memory to support the backups and the restored servers if onsite recovery is a component of the solution.

    What other advice do I have?

    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 seriously considering one of the Vembu Technologies backup solutions.

    In summary, the Vembu BDR solution currently fulfills all of the functions that we need it to at this time.

    Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

    Private Cloud
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    Thank you for your feedback. Good to know that our product works well and has met your backup requirements.

    Regarding the feature request:


    1) Disable the Windows Optimizer during backup - We are working on a feature that will allow you to run a custom script to stop/start a service on each VM selected for backup. You can create a script based on the services you would like to start/stop and run every time before/after backup to achieve this requirement. We'll notify you once this feature is generally available.


    2) Email Archiving for Office 365 backup - We have added this feature to our roadmap.

    For further updates & queries, you can reach us through vembu-support@vembu.com

    IT Director at a marketing services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
    Real User
    Top 20
    Moving to cloud backups eliminated the need for clients to change USB drives or worry about drives being stored offsite
    Pros and Cons
    • "Moving to cloud backups eliminated the need for clients to change USB drives or worry about drives being stored offsite."
    • "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."

    What is our primary use case?

    Vembu has been a great solution for my smaller clients who don’t need a lot of storage. The entry price is excellent for small businesses who want to use cloud backups.

    I have 8 clients currently using Vembu Cloud BDR.

    How has it helped my organization?

    Moving to cloud backups eliminated the need for clients to change USB drives or worry about drives being stored offsite.

    I can restore through the Vembu client or pull the file from anywhere via the browser. So far, it has been adequate in meeting my clients' needs.

    What is most valuable?

    There are a lot of cloud backup solutions that can handle documents, spreadsheets, PDFs, and pictures, but they are more limited for those who need cloud backups for applications like SQL. 

    What needs improvement?

    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. I don’t know if it is an AWS issue, capacity issue, or something else. However, it is concerning for clients when they get several failure notices for their backups, though through retrying the job was eventually successful.

    It can still mature in some ways. The agent interface can be improved and the portal could be more informative.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I have been using Vembu Cloud BDR with clients since 2019.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    I have had no issues doing restores. Throughput on restored data is an issue for some other cloud backup solutions. However, I have never had an issue with Vembu Cloud BDR.

    How are customer service and support?

    We have always gotten to a solution eventually. Sometimes, it takes some time though. 

    I had an issue that had to be escalated to the cloud team that was only available 9 to 5 local India time. Having to stay up for a support call at 2 AM (my time) was frustrating. I had to pursue it to prove a new client registration issue was not a problem on my end. Not being believed by support and having to go to that extreme should not have been necessary. I was correct in the end, as they eventually found an issue on the Vembu client provisioning side. I think the whole situation could have been handled better.

    Most of my issues were resolved, but there is rarely anything on my end that needs to be fixed. Most resolutions say something like, “We detected a problem on our servers and took steps to resolve the issue.” Then, things start working again. While we get a resolution, I don’t have much visibility into what was done. Since we generally get there eventually, I will rate the technical support as seven out of 10.

    How would you rate customer service and support?

    Neutral

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

    Mozy used to be the major player in this market space. Mozy’s demise, with its purchase by Carbonite, left a void for a solution that could handle SQL cloud backups and meet small business needs. Vembu Cloud BDR has been filling this void for my small clients for a few years now.

    I have clients that have used many solutions. For those who switched to Vembu Cloud BDR, most are coming from Carbonite (originally Mozy) or Backup Exec with local storage.

    How was the initial setup?

    It is straightforward when it works. I have had issues a couple times with new client registrations.

    Deployment takes less than an hour.

    My implementation strategy is to register the cloud account, install the client agent, configure the jobs, and then run.

    What about the implementation team?

    I deploy and maintain the solution.

    What was our ROI?

    Backups are like an insurance policy. You pay for the protection and hope you don’t need it. You don’t really expect a return, just security if needed.

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

    The pricing is good. The tough part is estimating storage needs.

    We used to be able to license regular PCs at no cost. We just paid for storage. The recent addition of the workstation license has changed that. For clients who use Vembu Cloud BDR for backup of remote user laptops, they now have licenses that they need to buy in addition to their server license.

    The solution has excellent affordability for businesses with tight budgets.

    Which other solutions did I evaluate?

    I checked up on just about every cloud backup solution that I could find. This solution provides SQL application backups with a good entry point for small businesses.

    What other advice do I have?

    It is a good value. While there have been some issues, that happens with any solution. Vembu Cloud BDR is a good entry product for small clients and can also scale to larger environments. I have not seen anything that diminishes its value.

    Restore speed has been fine. Luckily, I have not had to do a complete restore, only occasional files or an SQL database.

    Most clients were using local USB drives for backup storage prior to moving to Vembu Cloud BDR. Speed of restores was not an issue coming from a local source. The only clients who have seen an increase were those that previously were using another cloud backup provider that has notoriously slow restore throughput.

    I will increase usage as client needs dictate.

    I would rate it as eight out of 10. 

    Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

    Public Cloud
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    Network Engineer at CPM Roskamp
    Real User
    Top 20
    Simple, application-aware, and adaptable to our business model with perpetual and offline licensing
    Pros and Cons
    • "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."
    • "Windows 10 does not have application-aware backups. From my point of view, that's what's existing needs improvement."

    What is our primary use case?

    We use Vembu to back up and replicate virtual machines. We run virtual machines using VMware ESXi, and we back up and replicate our virtual machines.

    How has it helped my organization?

    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.

    What is most valuable?

    Backup and replications are most valuable. It seems that these servers are better because we can do application-aware backups on them. 

    What needs improvement?

    Windows 10 does not have application-aware backups. From my point of view, that's what's existing needs improvement. 

    Something that I would like to see them do is an on-premise immutable solution.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    It's probably getting close to about a year mark.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    There are some bugs but not major ones.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    From my point of view, it can handle as many VMs as I'm going to see. We have pretty small sites. We range from 3 virtual machines to probably 20, and I feel confident that it could handle as many as we needed.

    There are five or six users who are currently using this solution. They are members of the network team here at my company. They are network engineers or network admins.

    We have plans to increase its usage. Currently, we have a lot of existing sites that are using a different solution, and their licenses are still good. In the future I see us expanding more. As long as Vembu keeps the same business model, I do see us using the product more.

    How are customer service and support?

    For the most part, they're responsive. There has never been a time when we opened a ticket and didn't hear from them for days. They're usually pretty quick to respond. We provide them with what they need, and they normally give us an answer whether we like the answer or not. Overall, they're responsive, and they at least give us an answer. I would rate them a nine out of ten.

    How would you rate customer service and support?

    Positive

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

    We previously used Veeam, and we made the switch due to the change in their licensing. They don't do perpetual licensing anymore. They're going to a subscription-based model, which doesn't fit with our business model.

    How was the initial setup?

    It was straightforward. The setup is pretty intuitive. We don't need to follow a whole bunch of technical documentation in order to set it up at a site and set up the jobs. The user interface is friendly, and even for offline licenses, they provided a simple document on how to do that. That's straightforward as well. 

    Its setup probably took 10 to 20 minutes.

    What about the implementation team?

    We did it on our own.

    What was our ROI?

    So far, we haven't had any actual disaster situations where we've had to use the restore, but overall, we have got a return on investment. It's doing so far what we want it to do.

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

    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.

    I didn't have any initial expectations of the solution based on its pricing. I found Vembu by just searching for solutions, and I didn't really have an expectation, but it can be said that Vembu has been better than my initial expectation. Its price is definitely fair.

    Which other solutions did I evaluate?

    I tested at least five or six different ones. We're in industrial networking, which is very different from a corporate IT network. First and foremost, the thing that I liked about Vembu was the licensing model, and the second thing was its simplicity. All we do is backup and replications, and they have a product that focuses on that without having this big ugly interface with multiple options that we don't even use.

    What other advice do I have?

    I haven't fully tested all the other bells and whistles on it, but for backup and replications, it's simple, and it does the job. It does exactly what we want it to.

    I haven't had to test restores a whole lot, but initially, I tested it, and the restores were fine. They were what I would expect. They were not crazy fast but also not slow. It has not increased or decreased the speed of restores from our previous software. It's about the same.

    I'm glad Vembu exists because, for bigger companies like Veeam, it's good that there is competition. That way they can't fully control this market. Vembu is a solution that is more friendly to actual businesses and small businesses.

    I would rate it an eight out of ten.

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    Project Manager at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees
    Real User
    Top 20
    Provides the ability to map a drive and is helpful for backup, restoration, and license management
    Pros and Cons
    • "The ability to map a drive and restore a separate file is most valuable. The restoration activity is good."
    • "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."

    What is our primary use case?

    We are using it for the backup of our VMs and restoration activity. We are deploying some new technologies for which we would be able to use the features of Vembu.

    How has it helped my organization?

    It has been very helpful for data backup and restoration and license management. License management and everything else works smoothly, which is very useful for us.

    Its restores are nice and reliable. They are fast and smooth. As compared to other tools, they are 80% faster. The speed of the restores also depends on my network. We have less than 10 gigs of speed.

    It provides multiple options to recover data during hardware failures or accidental deletion of files. They have many options to restore the data. We tested them during the DR last December. Having multiple ways to restore the service and data is very useful.

    Its download VM feature is useful in migrating physical machines to our VMware environment. There were no challenges in doing that through the GUI. It was user-friendly.

    What is most valuable?

    The ability to map a drive and restore a separate file is most valuable. The restoration activity is good.

    The data integrity check features are useful during the restoration activity. At the time of restoration, we are also checking the DR plan.

    What needs improvement?

    We haven't yet checked its compatibility with the new technologies in the market, such as Nutanix. It would be good if any new technology can also accommodate Vembu.

    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. 

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I have been using this solution for more than three years.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    Its stability is good. Its reliability is good when we have VMware and Linux VMs. It works smoothly.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    Its scalability is dependent on the number of licenses that you purchase. Currently, we have 10 to 15 engineers and project managers who use this solution.

    It is being used extensively. We are using only Vembu for the backup part. So, our core data depends on this solution. We have around 20 VMs, and we are taking backups of almost 100 GB of file server data. We might increase its usage in the future. Some of the people approached us to go for a new tool, but I explained to them the features that it offers. We don't have any plans to move to another solution.

    How are customer service and technical support?

    Vembu team is giving excellent support to us. They provide 24/7 support. We can reach out to them at any point in time. They are able to address and give proper support for our queries. I would rate them a 10 out of 10.

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

    My organization was using another solution previously. I have used Symantec backup and other tools in my previous organization. All these tools are more or less the same.

    How was the initial setup?

    It was already installed when I joined this organization.

    What was our ROI?

    We have seen an ROI in terms of reliability. When we invest in a backup solution for infrastructure backup, it should work at critical times. With Vembu, I am able to restore data quickly without any issues.

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

    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.

    What other advice do I have?

    We have not used Vembu's instant boot VM feature for instant access to our VMs or physical machines after a crash. We have also not used Vembu for the backup for Microsoft 365, Google Workspace, or AWS.

    I would rate Vembu BDR Suite a 10 out of 10. It is a good tool for backup, replication, and restoration. Everything is good in this solution.

    Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

    On-premises
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    Thank you for the review. We’ve taken your feedback to support backup for Nutanix, which will be available in any of our future versions.


    For any updates or queries, you can reach our team through vembu-support@vembu.com.

    Manager at North West Carrying Company (NWCC)
    User
    Top 20
    Great reporting with good auto-scheduling capabilities that help save time during backups
    Pros and Cons
    • "It made it easy for us to handle the daily backup of endpoints."
    • "The dashboard should more interactive."

    What is our primary use case?

    We have, in-house, around 70 end-users and around 30 branches. Currently, We are using Vembu to do the daily backup of our in-house end points. 

    As data is increasing day by day, taking and managing backup is a hard job. As IT personnel, we were looking for a solution where we could do auto backups for all our machines and restore them at any point in time as required. 

    Vembu came to us and solved our problems in the backup space. In the next phase, we are looking to deploy it for our remote branch users. It's a great solution.

    How has it helped my organization?

    It made it easy for us to handle the daily backup of endpoints. Earlier, we had to manually do everything, and that was also not in real-time and involved engagement of one IT person's time. 

    Vembu saved us time and manpower. It helped our organization to secure valuable data within the organization. 

    Concern related to the data of individuals has been resolved as personal data is removed from the backup. Only data related to the company is taken. This also has reduced the storage space required.

    What is most valuable?

    The auto-scheduling of incremental backups and multiple retention points features has helped us to get the backups of endpoints without any intervention. Multiple retention points help us to restore data from multiple points and states. 

    The reporting is great for noting the success and failure. If it fails it gives the reason why it failed and we can take action accordingly and resolve the issues. 

    Mail notification helps us in monitoring the backups daily. All failures are sent through to us so that we can check and take action as required.

    What needs improvement?

    The backup and restoration should be faster in newer releases. 

    The dashboard should more interactive. 

    Responsiveness to any command has to improve. Currently, it takes some time to respond the commands like abort or suspend.

    They need to centralize the configuration and management features for File folder backups from endpoints. This should be in the next releases.

    The reporting feature is good, however, it can still be improved upon.

    We are eagerly awaiting these features in the next releases. We hope we will get them soon. 

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I've used the solution for the last two years.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    The stability of the solution is good.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    The scalability is great.

    How are customer service and support?

    Technical support is great.

    How would you rate customer service and support?

    Positive

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

    No, we were not using any backup solution earlier.

    How was the initial setup?

    The initial setup is very simple.

    What about the implementation team?

    We had help from the vendor team for the installation process.

    What was our ROI?

    Our ROI has been very good.

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

    Vembu is a good value for money solution.

    Which other solutions did I evaluate?

    Yes, we evaluated Retrospect.

    What other advice do I have?

    They need to keep improving the solution so that we can reduce the time taken for backups and restorations.

    Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

    On-premises
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