We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
"All of the features are fantastic and also the management from Microsoft dealing with multiple machines is great. The whole package is excellent for me."
"The CDP backup feature is very nice, as it allows you to take backups at high frequencies and with application consistency."
"The interface is user-friendly and even if our tech isn't onsite, we can work with the owners to confirm that the data will be restored with no issues."
"The most valuable feature is the ability, from a console, to manage the different computers to be backed up."
"I get my backups done."
"It's easy to restore."
"I am able to run Vembu on Windows NAS, which is beneficial. It does install on a Windows-based NAS. You can have the server running from the location where you are storing backups. You don't need a separate server for it in this case."
"It helps me with restores. I can repeat a test multiple times: Do the test, the restore, and then test again. It saves me time because I don't have to rebuild the VMs every time."
"It has improved our business continuity."
"The compression, encryption, and deduplication features all work fine."
"It makes it possible for us to back up our Unix machines without installing a host, client, or any client software. It gives us some peace of mind in regards to those servers getting backed up."
"If you look into the performance of a virtual machine and you look to the performance of the physical machine, the correlation between these is totally unclear."
"To improve Altaro, I would like to see the ability to choose more than one backup location at a time."
"The application could include a feature to install a set size of data, such as the ability to store a single application with all its registry information for easy transfer."
"I have had issues where it was working and then it stopped and I had to diagnose what had changed or gone wrong to get it back up."
"The phone [support] system is a negative five on a scale from one to ten, where one is the worst. They wanted me to leave a message. When there is a problem with the product and you call in, you want to talk to somebody or wait to talk to somebody, not leave a message."
"It's not that stable yet. Every two weeks, my backup will stop and I have to check it."
"There was one issue though with the hardware IDs. When I went to a different version of Hyper-V, the hardware IDs weren't restored and the machine got two new IDs. The preliminary unique IDs weren't restored, so I had to reactivate programs."
"The support is a bit slow in resolving an issue. It takes a long time to recover."
"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."
"Vembu will tell you the next scheduled backup, but it doesn't show you the last successful backup. I would have them include a column under "List of Backup Jobs" and have two other columns which say, "Last Successful Backup" and "Next Scheduled Backup", because you don't know now if it's backed up successfully. It just says, "The next scheduled time is this." You don't know from looking at that pane of glass when the last time it actually happened without digging further into reports."
"One thing that I reported with the backups: When there are accentuated characters in a path, then we can't restore documents into a folder. There is a bug with the restoration and restoring files with accentuated characters in the path. Hopefully, they have repaired this because otherwise we will restore files and find out that they are not there."
"Altaro had the best prices and ROI in the whole bunch that we evaluated."
"The price is great for the utility you get and the licensing has never caused any issues with my company."
"The pricing is pretty reasonable."
"The pricing is fair."
"It has actually benefited my operation a fair bit. VMware requires a special hardware while Hyper-V runs on pretty much anything. It doesn't require any special hardware, so it saves a bit of money. Because Vembu does Hyper-V backup, there is no limit on how many VMs you can have. The newer version has a 100 VM limit on the single license, which has been greatly beneficial, because on one host a 100 VMs is a fair bit."
"The licensing model is quite complicated; it's not simple. An example: If you have a physical server, you have to pay more for that license than you do for a host. It could be running several VMs and that could be a server VM as well. Then, for web station machines, there is no license for those machines and they have no desktop OS - the free version has all this functionality. Their license model needs to be looked at and simplified."
"At the moment, I am doing Vembu for one host. My costs are about $25 USD a month for a single host up to 100 VMs."
"It's just the license per host with one CPU, but if I did choose offsite cloud replication, they do charge for the data. They charge per gigabyte, or something like that. They have plans."
"When they changed to the newest version (4.1), they have more VMs allowed on the free version. Before, there were only three VMs allowed on the free version, and if you needed to back up more than three VMs, you had to get the paid version. Now, you can have up to 10 VMs on the free version."
"The only thing with room for improvement, as everybody says, since I'm in a home lab, would be the price for the CPU; the cost... As far as competitors' prices go, Vembu was definitely better than all the competitors I found."
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Altaro VM Backup is a high performance VM backup and replication solution to back up and restore both Hyper-V and VMware-based virtual machines.
Eliminate hassle and headaches with an easy-to-use interface, straightforward setup and reassurance that this solution gets the job done every time.
Altaro VM Backup is intuitive and feature-rich, with outstanding support as part of the package.
Vembu BDR Suite is one of the most comprehensive, simple and affordable backup & disaster recovery solutions for the small & medium businesses. Vembu can backup VMware vSphere, Microsoft Hyper-V, Physical Servers, Workstations, Exchange Items, SharePoint Items, SQL Items, Office365, G Suite, etc. – and they can back that up on-site, off-site, or even to the cloud – not to mention that most of this are done within a single UI.
Vembu offers a wide variety of products such as a monitoring solution to centralize the monitoring of all of your backups as well as some which are absolutely free such as Desktop/Laptop Image Backup and the Vembu Universal Explorer for discovering application items within Microsoft apps. It is important to note that Vembu BDR Suite is offered as a single edition software for all businesses, unlike other backup vendors who provide editions with limitations based on the type of businesses.
Vembu has come up with its own free edition of Vembu BDR Suite by which users can backup unlimited VMs with minimal feature restrictions.
Altaro VM Backup is ranked 20th in Backup and Recovery Software with 3 reviews while Vembu BDR Suite is ranked 8th in Backup and Recovery Software with 23 reviews. Altaro VM Backup is rated 10.0, while Vembu BDR Suite is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of Altaro VM Backup writes "Easy to use with a helpful dashboard, good support, and the deduplication feature saves heavily on storage space". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Vembu BDR Suite writes "Reduces downtime when VMs drop off". Altaro VM Backup is most compared with Veeam Backup & Replication, Nakivo, Acronis Backup, Veeam Agent for Linux and MSP360 Backup, whereas Vembu BDR Suite is most compared with Veeam Backup & Replication, Dell EMC RecoverPoint for Virtual Machines, Nakivo, MSP360 Backup and Acronis Backup. See our Altaro VM Backup vs. Vembu BDR Suite report.
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