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KA
Owner at a consultancy with 1-10 employees
Real User
Having the ability to back up and restore, without having to remember all the options I had installed, gives me peace of mind

Pros and Cons

  • "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."

    What is our primary use case?

    I'm using the backup from Vembu for my home lab where I have ESXi. I'm backing up VMware servers. That's all I use it for.  I have Oracle Databases running in these VM machines and I do testing, patches, upgrades, etc. I want to be able to back them up and, if need be, restore them so that I don't have to rebuild them.

    I'm running it in a Windows Server in a VM machine. I have ESXi 6.7 running on a Dell PowerEdge R720 and I have a Windows 10 VM running in that. And in that I have the Vembu BDR running as my backup server.

    How has it helped my organization?

    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; rather, I just do a restore. I would estimate it's saving me four to eight hours every time I have to do a restore.

    I also had a disk crash and the restore was important because I didn't have to rebuild it. So it helps with data recovery as well.

    It gives me peace of mind because I don't have to do the rebuilds. In a home lab, documentation is not usually at the forefront of your thoughts. You are just trying to get it built and tested. Having the ability to back it up and restore without having to remember all the options were that you had installed and what was the data like before, it gives me peace of mind that I have the restore.

    What is most valuable?

    The two features that I use are the backup and the restore.

    What needs improvement?

    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. If I were to add another CPU, I would start to get into an expense where I would question, "Do I really want to continue backing this stuff up?" But from what I could tell, this was definitely the least expensive option to go with.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I have been using it for about eight months. I bought my first license in April and then I had to buy another one because I added another ESXi server. I have two licenses and they're both for five years. My intention is to be using it for five years and I won't be switching out.

    I'm on the most recent version because I just upgraded when it came out.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    It has been very stable. There haven't been any issues.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    I have it licensed on two CPUs, one CPU in each machine, and it has not had a problem with the 40 VMs that I have.

    The only way I would be increasing usage would be if the cost would allow me to add it to another machine. The other machine I'd like to add it to has two CPUs in it, so I would be doubling my license cost. Right now, that's not an option.

    How are customer service and technical support?

    For the issues that I've had, the tech support has been very good. I've had no complaints and they've been very responsive. I've only had three or four issues, and they have all been resolved. That has been a very good experience.

    The last reason I had to contact support was for a restore that I needed to do. I also moved ESXi servers, so I had to have some assistance because the backup was done on one ESXi server and then I moved it to another ESXi server. I needed to do the restore and tech support assisted with that.

    There has never been a situation where I had tiered tech support, where the first person I got didn't know and handed me off to the next person who handed me off to the next person.

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

    Veeam was what I was using before I went to Vembu. 

    The wording, when you start Googling this stuff, gets kind of questionable because it says "unlimited free VMs." That really isn't true. You can only do a couple before you can't do anything with it. Veeam was the one I was using first. But when I hit my third VM, it wasn't working anymore. You could only actually do three and you would have to roll out one before you could roll in one. 

    How was the initial setup?

    The initial set up was very easy. It was just like installing anything on Windows 10. It took about 15 minutes.

    The first time around I did it myself. I did move it from one VM machine to another VM machine and I had assistance with that from Vembu, and that assistance was very helpful. That was part of standard tech support.

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

    As far as competitors' prices go, Vembu was definitely better than all the competitors I found.

    I would guess it has saved me 30 to 50 percent. The problem is that I'm a single-person home lab, so I have no idea what kind of licensing things happen for a corporation which is looking to buy 500 CPUs. If you were to do that and you were to look at the cost per CPU versus my cost per CPU, theirs might be 50 percent less than what I'm paying.

    Which other solutions did I evaluate?

    Veeam was one of the solutions within a list of solutions I evaluated. Cost was definitely one of the big differences, but I didn't use Veeam long enough to go down that path. When I hit the third VM, which was within the day that I started using it, I stopped using it.

    What other advice do I have?

    Make sure you plan out your backup server for the long-term. When I did this I moved my backup server. When I moved it from one machine to another machine and the IP address changed, there were some headaches. I had to get the knowledge documents and I had to get tech support involved to help me outside of the knowledge document. So try to plan out, for as long as you can plan out, that this is the server, it isn't changing, etc.

    It has worked as expected. It's straightforward for backing up and it's straightforward for doing the restores. Other than the navigation and what buttons to push, there's really no learning curve here.

    I'm not using the encryption. If the deduplication is in use, it must be so by default because I have not done anything with it.

    For what I need it to do, and compared to the other products that are out there, this is the most cost-efficient and best solution for my needs.

    Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

    On-premises
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    AA
    Owner at Ali Network Solutions
    Real User
    Top 10
    Reduces downtime when VMs drop off

    Pros and Cons

    • "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."
    • "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."

    What is our primary use case?

    I've actively been using the Vembu product for backups. It is being used to back up the Hyper-V environment that I have. If the hypervisor has hardware problems, e.g., all the storage dies, you can run up a new Hyper-V server, then restore the VMs onto it. It doesn't take that long. So, you are up and running within several hours of restoring it. Also, you can restore individual files. Therefore, it's a full VM-based image backup as well as a file level backup, if you want to restore the files that way. There is also an option to restore AD users, computers, and contacts, in addition to Exchange databases at the brick level.

    I'm mainly working with home-based customers. I don't have any business clients yet.

    It's on-premise, not cloud-based at the moment. I'm planning to possibly have replication to an external site since my Internet link is much better now. That will be done in the future. I'll probably replicate to a private cloud somewhere.

    How has it helped my organization?

    The main thing is recovery. I have had a lot of hardware failures quite recently due to power fluctuations and overheating. Therefore, I am using it on a lab environment where I test things for customers. It has helped to reduce time. For example, one of the hypervisors died, so I loaded up another non-clustered machine and just restored the previous night's backup, then the VMs worked fine. 

    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. This is only available with the licensed version.

    What is most valuable?

    The image backup on VM is the most valuable feature.

    You can restore to another location or another physical/virtual machine. You can do P2V as well as V2V. That is what I have found most useful.

    What needs improvement?

    The encryption feature seems okay. When you change versions, then I have found it to have problems. An example: I was on version 3.9, and I had an encrypted VM. It was restored from version 4 onto a newer Hyper-V server. So, I went from maybe a 2008 to 2012, and it was restored and then it didn't restore, and because of those changes, it didn't like the encryption. But, generally if the version and the hypervisor version are the same, then you shouldn't have any problems with 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. That was the only downside.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I have been using it close to two years.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    The stability has been okay. If you put too much load on it, then it does become a bit unstable. The server that you are using does matter. Whenever I've tried to contact the tech support, they say upgrade to the latest version. The problem with that is the old backups need to be all done again because it appears that on each version upgrade the old backups no longer continue. They need to be done as a full backup again. 

    I haven't had too many issues with failed backups. There were some backups failing, but I found that was just before the drive failures. So, there were multiple drive failures which caused the problems, but the product itself has been okay. 

    At times, when I have done a restore or mount multiple images at the same time, it has become a bit unstable. However, I just needed to restart the Vembu service, then it started working again. 

    It's fairly straightforward to restore and do backups. It keeps on running. There is not much in terms of maintenance required. It has recovery points that you can retain, so it's pretty much a send and forget solution. You can have it running indefinitely.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    It appears to be scalable. If you have a cluster, it will back that up. Also, if you run out of storage space, then you can add more storage to it. So, you can add an additional storage pool from a USB, then allocate that to be used. For example, if you run out of space on one NAS, but that NAS has access to another volume, you can add that as another storage pool so you can have multiple storage pools. 

    How are customer service and technical support?

    The technical support's response time was okay. I had to wait several hours for a response, but that was probably because of the time difference. All in all, it was quite acceptable and sort of normal.

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

    I've been using Veeam for quite some time with other customers. I don't know of other customers who use Vembu, but it's very similar to Veeam. I'm finding it quite similar to Veeam, which is good. Because if anyone wants to move to Vembu, and they've used Veeam, they will pick it up quickly.

    I came across Vembu when I was searching for alternatives for Veeam with any type of image backup for Microsoft Hyper-V. I came across Vembu who had at the time was giving backups for up to three VMs on the free version. I was sort of growing with my VMs. I had three, but I soon crossed that amount. That's how I came across Vembu: I found there were cost limitations and was looking for an alternative to Veeam that did the same sort of thing.

    How was the initial setup?

    It was fairly straightforward to install and get running. However, installing the agent on the hypervisor was a bit tricky, because the version that I was using is just a core version. So, it's has no GUI. In that version, there were some special instructions, which we did have thankfully, and there were a few extra steps that I needed to take to install the agent. What normally happens is the agent can be pushed out from the BDR Server, but that wasn't working on the core version. The initial setup was not relatively easy, but not relatively hard, it was just in-between.

    The deployment took an hour and a half. 

    The implementation strategy was to try and get the BDR Server running to sort of simplify things. Then, we could have another server just as a backup server. 

    What about the implementation team?

    I deployed it myself. I did use some documentation that they had. So, it was more or less trial and error. I was running a Windows OS on the NAS, and they didn't exactly say that they supported it. They just said, "If it works, it works. If it doesn't work, then you'll have to get the full OS because mobile NASs come with a Windows Storage Server." They didn't really certify to run on that. However, in the end, it did work quite well.

    What was our ROI?

    When one of the VMs dropped off, I was able to recover fairly quickly. Therefore, I have noticed a return on investment. It has helped to reduce at least a day's worth of downtime. Which, if I didn't have the image backup, I would be loading all those VMs again. Some of them did take time to build. So, a case per a day if not more, because the other option was just to rebuild the whole environment from scratch if I didn't have those image backups. So, about every six months, I am saving several hundred dollars of downtime.

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

    I was using their free version, which had limitations, so then I went to the licensed version.

    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. This was when I was just crossing over to 10 VMs or was very close to it. If I had known, then I would've not paid for the monthly licensing cost. I've since crossed 10 VMs, so this doesn't matter to me, but it will matter to someone who only wants to back up a few VMs. E.g., if they had five VMs and were forced onto the licensed version, then in the update, the free version could back up 10 VMs.

    Which other solutions did I evaluate?

    I know that the normal Windows Backup won't backup the VMs if you're using it in a HA Failover Clustering environment. If you're using it in a clustered high availability environment, it will back up the VMs. That is the main difference I found. But, in terms of backing it up, Vembu does support the HA Failover Clustering, so it can back up when you have VMs on a Cluster Shared Volume. It can back up those VMs unlike the built-in Windows Backup, which doesn't support that.

    I evaluated Altaro but there were some requirements that you needed for install on the Windows-based NAS. That was my main issue at the time. Because of the way I planned to have the backup solution running on the Windows-based NAS, a few of the solutions wouldn't install or had problems.

    A lot of the other people that I know use Veeam, StorageCraft ShadowProtect, and Kronos. Not too many people that I know use Vembu, but I found it to be the equivalent of Veeam in some ways. It does work very similarly in its functions.

    The pros for Vembu vs Veeam are Vembu's license cost for a host seems to be much cheaper and Veeam might not run on certain hardware. The Veeam Backup & Replication Server has some hardware requirements that I could not get to install on the net, but Vembu installed quite happily.

    The cons for Vembu vs Veeam are Vembu's licensed model is a bit complicated, and if things go wrong in Vembu, there is less support out there. You do have to contact Vembu's support to have a look at a problem, whereas with Veeam, there is quite a bit of knowledge out there in terms of online forums. 

    What other advice do I have?

    I have learned just how important backups are. 

    My advice would be try and implement it on virtual environments. Don't implement it on a physical environment because the licensing costs would be much higher. You will have less options for recovering VMs. It would be wise to have a cluster. Also, the BDR server should be well spec'd. You can run on the minimum spec, but it is recommended that it has some definite amounts of RAM on it. 

    I am planning to use Vembu to work in VMware, but I have not done that yet. After I pick up some customers, I might try to push it out to them in their VMware environment. At the moment, it's just Microsoft Hyper-V.

    I don't really use the deduplication feature.

    I would probably rate the solution around seven and a half out of 10. It missed out on a few scores because each time when you upgrade the version, you have to do all the backups again. That's why I didn't give it a 10. If it didn't need to do all the backups again when changing the version, then I would have given it a 10 easily.

    In the near future, if Vembu stays the way it is now with its licensing costs and everything else, then I will continue to use it and expand on it. I will try and push it out to some of my customers as well. A lot of customers just use Veeam or Kronos at the moment and may switch for the cost savings.

    Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

    On-premises
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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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    BG
    Lead Computer Technician
    Real User
    Top 5
    Doesn't show you the last successfully backup. We can back up our servers without having to install a client.

    Pros and Cons

    • "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."
    • "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."

    What is our primary use case?

    We use it to back up ESXi clients, so mainly Linux based or Unix based servers on our ESXi host.

    We use the solution to back up our virtual environments (VMware). It has been good for our organization so far.

    How has it helped my organization?

    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.

    What is most valuable?

    The number one feature is that we can back up our servers without having to install a client. It is the only reason why I have this product.

    What needs improvement?

    The user interface isn't that good. I don't think that the product is user-friendly. Comparing it side by side to Acronis, I would say to Vembu, "Hey, you could make your user interface a little easier."

    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.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    Two years or more.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    It is stable. I haven't had it crash or break on me.

    I don't think we've actually had a reason to restore a machine as it's never failed. We've never had a server fail. The only thing that it has done for us is give us peace of mind that our server is backed up.

    Everybody is impacted if one of these servers failed. The only way we could get it back up and running was to restore it from a Vembu Backup. It would impact everybody if the servers went down, so approximately 3,000 users would be impacted if the backup wasn't successfully happening and we needed to use it.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    We haven't had reason to scale it up to back up anything else. We aren't really using the product to its fullest capabilities. I think it has a lot more that it can do.

    I am the only user using it, as we only use it for backing up our servers.

    I do have plans to increase usage.

    How are customer service and technical support?

    Every time I have called, I've had good tech support.

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

    I didn't use a previous solution. I selected this solution because it was the only one I could find for the cost that did what I needed it to do.

    How was the initial setup?

    It was pretty easy to set up. The initial setup was probably only 15 minutes.

    Our implementation strategy was to make it so we could back up our VMware clients. That was the whole purpose of the software. We don't use it for our Windows Servers. For that, we use a different product. However, we couldn't use the other product on the Linux and Unix space machines because the other software requires that a client be installed.

    What about the implementation team?

    We bought it directly from Vembu and installed it ourselves.

    What was our ROI?

    This solution helps us deliver an enterprise level data protection solution and reduces budgets. We are saving $6,000 every three years versus having another product.

    Backups are an insurance thing. This is a life insurance policy to make it so if our servers failed, we would have something to get them back. Since we haven't had a server fail, it is just like life insurance. While it has cost us money, it has given us peace of mind that if we needed it, then it would be there.

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

    The pricing is very good.

    Our license is about to expire on it.

    Which other solutions did I evaluate?

    We did evaluate some other products before choosing this one. 

    We also use Acronis Backup Advanced. The way that Vembu backs up to a backup drive, it uses a pool of drives to back up. Whereas, Acronis backs up to just a single file. You can see that individual file on its own. You can browse to it and see that the file that has been saved. It also says the last successful backup it did. 

    Vembu's user interface isn't as easy to use compared to Acronis Backup Advanced, which has a better interface for me to be able to see what's happening.

    I haven't found a competitor who does as good a job for the money.

    What other advice do I have?

    This is a good product to choose if you are in the same situation as we are in.

    It does do compression and that works fine.

    We don't use Hyper-V.

    I would give it a five out of 10, because I think that it could use some polishing on the interface for the client.

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    EP
    IT Consultant at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
    Consultant
    Top 10
    Saves time by deduplicating a machine automatically. The explanation for the licensing needs improvement in the documentation.

    Pros and Cons

    • "If we do a backup of a machine at some point and the server crashes, then we can restore this machine to a different server with the same settings and setup. We will just have to tweak one or two things, like the IP. Then, it is ready to go."
    • "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."

    What is our primary use case?

    The primary use case is to be able to back up data outside of on-premise with the ability to restore as fast as possible. We also use Vembu NetworkBackup to selectively back up files on the file share along with our virtual machines. It gives us more control over what we can backup and restore, especially in the files.

    How has it helped my organization?

    We use this solution to back up our virtual environments. 

    What is most valuable?

    All the features are valuable for different reasons. 

    The restoring of virtual machines and deduplication features are good. We save time by recreating or deduplicating a machine, as it done automatically. With one or two clicks, we can get something done. We are then pretty sure it is the same as it was before; it is a real duplicate. The deduplication features are useful for accelerating the transfers and when we have more than one version of a virtual machine or backup without taking up X time or space.

    If we do a backup of a machine at some point and the server crashes, then we can restore this machine to a different server with the same settings and setup. We will just have to tweak one or two things, like the IP. Then, it is ready to go. This is not quite high availability. However, if we use the replication feature to make an exact copy of the machine, then we can tweak them to work together as active-active or active-passive. This can help us to save time because the deduplication is done automatically without errors and we have minimal changes to do.

    I like also the feature where you back up a virtual machine, then it will run a startup and you can take a screenshot of the first few seconds of the bootup. This way, at a quick glance, we can determine the backup is bootable and whether the backup of the virtual machine will be functional or not. Sometimes testing the backup is something that we don't always do on a regular basis until we find out that something is broken. Then, we didn't know until it's too late. So, this feature is appreciated.

    What needs improvement?

    With the configuration of backups, there are a few things I would change with the UI. 

    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.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    A little over a year.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    It is pretty stable.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    I have just two physical machines with five or six VMs each. It is not that big of a setup. From a scalability perspective, I don't know if it will be good or not, but I believe it will be.

    There are three users of the solution: a VP of operations, someone who is a jack-of-all-trades, and myself. There is no one with a specific skill set for this. It is really easy to figure out.

    How are customer service and technical support?

    The technical support has been good. They have been dedicated to resolving issues.

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

    Vembu was the first solution of this type. This solution was recommended to us.

    How was the initial setup?

    The initial setup was straightforward. It was easy to install. There are not too many options and it was ready to go almost out-of-the-box. We have a really simple setup so the deployment took an hour or two. 

    What was our ROI?

    We have seen ROI based on confidence and time saved. We save a few hundred dollars a year.

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

    We have the enterprise version with two server licenses.

    Take a look at the pricing and licensing closely. When we installed the BDR disaster recovery server, which is the duplication of the backup data on one server onto a second one where the backup data resides, it was not clear that this DR server needed two other licenses. These licenses were to back up the copy of the first backup server that had two licenses for the two physical host that it was backing up in the first place. Moving files around to a second DR server, why would I need an extra two licenses? I don't know if it's to make money, but it was not very obvious and I had to abort the project from there because I didn't plan to pay for extra licenses to copy data of the first two physical servers. I also didn't understand why it was needed. Hopefully, they will improve the explanation in the documentation for this.

    Which other solutions did I evaluate?

    I compared different vendors' functionalities, our requirements, and price. We chose this solution because it was cheaper and easier to use than Veeam and other solutions of this type. Though they are not easy to compare as they all have different licensing models.

    What other advice do I have?

    Make sure you have a clear view of your architecture and how you will be implementing it. Decide upfront which site will receive the backup and which site will do the deduplication of the backup's redundancy. As mentioned, I started to do some backups on the second office site and wanted to move the backups on to third site for disaster recovery, but I figured out that it would be better to install the backup server on the third site and the deduplication on the second site. However, just exchanging their roles was not that easy because I was missing licensing and backups were already running. I would recommend to ask questions, figure out the licensing model, what needs to be installed where, and their best practices. For example, if I have to do things again, I would do things differently.

    I would give the product a seven (out of 10).

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    WA
    IT Manager at Kuwait Medical International
    Real User
    Top 10
    Adding a new server to a foreign location is easy, but the application stability needs improvement

    Pros and Cons

    • "The scalability is good. It can scale. Adding a new server to a foreign location is easy."
    • "There are bugs. For one month, I encountered a big issue where my storage pool could not be identified. My backups were stopped because they were not able to locate the storage pool. So, I removed the settings and started the backups again. The application is not stable. It needs some debugging and testing on the build side of production."

    What is our primary use case?

    Our primary use case is for VM backups.

    We were using an older version and just upgraded two weeks ago.

    What is most valuable?

    The virtual machine backup is important for stability and scalability since our servers are on virtual machines. 

    Another good thing is that it has cloud backup.

    What needs improvement?

    There are bugs. For one month, I encountered a big issue where my storage pool could not be identified. My backups were stopped because they were not able to locate the storage pool. So, I removed the settings and started the backups again. The application is not stable. It needs some debugging and testing on the build side of production.

    We use Vembu with Microsoft Hyper-V. While the installation is not a problem, there is a problem with the operation side of things. It should be automated. There is something wrong with the structure affecting the product because the backup should not be disturbed. We found without any changes to the network structure then the backups would be affected and I could not fix it by myself. I did not contact support for this, as it was probably due to the new update, but I am unsure. Now, I am monitoring this issue.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    Six months.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    Its application stability needs improvement. I have seen issues recently with it. Backups must have a very stable application. If your backup system is crashing, that means you cannot trust it.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    The scalability is good. It can scale. Adding a new server to a foreign location is easy.

    We have nine locations. We do have plans to increase usage of the solution. 

    The IT department has five people who are administrators. One person configures the backups and others monitor the backups.

    How are customer service and technical support?

    The technical support is good.

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

    This BDR is the first proper solution that we are using. We previously used manual backups.

    How was the initial setup?

    Initially, we had some problems when we tried to do the setup ourselves, but then the support helped us. They had a direct session with me and helped me with the installation. After that, it was fine.

    The deployment is easy and fast. A location can be deployed in a day.

    For each version, we have a dedicated BDR server and local storage. I schedule the backups. From there, we upload to the cloud storage. Therefore, each location will have their own BDR that will back up to the cloud.

    The initial deployment to the cloud is important because once the backups are into operations making changes is not that flexible.

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

    This solution helped us deliver an enterprise level data protection solution and reduced our budget by 50 percent. We spent $3,000 on Vembu's licenses where other solutions were almost double.

    Which other solutions did I evaluate?

    The competitor for Vembu is Veeam, who is very popular and famous. Vembu is good, but still has a long way to go. We found Vembu BDR to be more affordable.

    Veeam is good for very high-end servers.

    What other advice do I have?

    Right now, we are satisfied with Vembu's operational performance and requirements. It is just a simple backup solution where we can backup all of our VMs.

    Vembu allows you to implement a variety of different requirements.

    I would rate the product as a six (out of 10). It needs some more work to be done in regards to product stability and functionality.

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    MA
    InfoSec Manager at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
    Real User
    Top 10
    Provides us with the ability to back up Red Hat Virtualization, but that ability is not native

    Pros and Cons

    • "It was very difficult to find a product that supports Red Hat Virtualization natively and to take a snapshot of the VM or a full backup or a dump from the machine. The option that Vembu proposed, to take the machine as an image, take it from the system, is also good."
    • "They said they can support Red Hat Virtualization and we assumed that they support any compatible system but we found we need to do a network backup or a network image, which is not what it said on their website. I have had many discussions with them about where this component is. Initially, I was searching for a component which would back up Red Hat Virtualization. They said they support this in the same way they support Hyper-V and VMware. I haven't found the feature in their portal or in any of their software. They haven't made a special agent for it, in the way they did for Hyper-V."

    What is our primary use case?

    We were looking for a backup for Red Hat Virtualization. We don't need any advanced features from a backup solution yet. We don't have VMware or Hyper-V, we only have Red Hat Virtualization.

    We are a service provider and we have many customers but we are only using this solution for one of our customers. They have a small environment with four servers.

    How has it helped my organization?

    It was very difficult to find a product that supports Red Hat Virtualization natively and to take a snapshot of the VM or a full backup or a dump from the machine. The option that Vembu proposed, to take the machine as an image, take it from the system, is also good. It has enhanced our backup system. Before, it was very difficult and we did it manually. Now, it's easy to take an image from Red Hat.

    BDR Suite helps us deliver an enterprise-level data protection solution and reduce our budgets. It is about half of the cost of other products we looked at.

    What is most valuable?

    • It's easy to install.
    • It's simple to configure.

    What needs improvement?

    They said they can support Red Hat Virtualization and we assumed that they support any compatible system but we found we need to do a network backup or a network image, which is not what it said on their website. I have had many discussions with them about where this component is. Initially, I was searching for a component which would back up Red Hat Virtualization. They said they support this in the same way they support Hyper-V and VMware. I haven't found the feature in their portal or in any of their software. They haven't made a special agent for it, in the way they did for Hyper-V.

    When we were in negotiations and discussing this with their pre-sales, we said we haven't found any documents from them talking about how they support Red Hat Virtualization. At the end of the day they said, "No, we deal with Red Hat Virtualization in the same way that we take an image of a file through the network." It's not native in the solution itself. For VMware they have a special agent. But for Red Hat, it's just a network backup, the same as files. When I asked about a license to support Red Hat, they said you just take the network backup and it will do the same job.

    For the moment, that is fine for us. We will take the image. But it is not what we expected from the product.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    We started with it just before the [COVID-19] lockdown in April, but we haven't worked much with it yet.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    We have yet to test the stability of the solution.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    We have also not yet tested the scalability.

    In the future we may increase usage if we find it's good for backup. We plan to take the DR solution from them.

    How are customer service and technical support?

    We haven't had to contact technical support yet.

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

    We have used many solutions in the past. We switched to Vembu because of the Red Hat Virtualization. Our old solutions don't support it.

    How was the initial setup?

    The initial setup was straightforward. There were no difficulties and no advanced settings that you need to learn before you do the setup. We had it deployed within minutes.

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

    We have an enterprise license. We found it very simple and straightforward. For our needs, the price of the backup system is not too much.

    However, the prices are not clear in the portal. Not all the items are listed.

    Which other solutions did I evaluate?

    We checked out Veeam and Acronis but both were very expensive compared to Vembu.

    What other advice do I have?

    I can recommend Vembu for those who need just file backup.

    It's a straightforward solution. It was easy to install and deploy for many machines, taking backups from files and servers in the same way. They offer 10 GB for cloud that you can use for free.

    We haven't tested its compression, encryption, or deduplication features yet. So far, just our system admin is using and maintaining the solution.

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    VV
    System Engineer at ISB
    Real User
    Top 10
    A cost-effective backup that needs to improve by allowing for simultaneous monthly and weekly backup jobs

    Pros and Cons

    • "Because all our servers are hosted on VMware, the VMware backup is the most valuable feature. The integration and backup with VMware are very good."
    • "There are some limitation in Vembu that can be improved. When you take the backup from any server, the full incremental backup is limited. For example, if you run a weekly full backup and monthly backup, they cannot be run at the same time. I should not have to create a new job, but in this scenario, I am creating two jobs. The limitation is created because if I select monthly backup, then I cannot select weekly backup."

    What is our primary use case?

    Our daily scheduled backups are only with Vembu. We are using the disk based solution only.

    We are a business school.

    How has it helped my organization?

    We have restored with the full backup. It was completely fine using Quick VM Recovery. The time frame depends on the size of the server, e.g., if it is 100 GB, then it will take an hour. Restoring would not be possible without Vembu.

    What is most valuable?

    Because all our servers are hosted on VMware, the VMware backup is the most valuable feature. The integration and backup with VMware are very good. 

    The compression is fine because it is compressing the full backup files. For example, if our full backup is 100 GB, then it can be reduced down between 40 GB to 80 GB.

    What needs improvement?

    There are some limitation in Vembu that can be improved. When you take the backup from any server, the full incremental backup is limited. For example, if you run a weekly full backup and monthly backup, they cannot be run at the same time. I should not have to create a new job, but in this scenario, I am creating two jobs. The limitation is created because if I select monthly backup, then I cannot select weekly backup.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    We have only been working with Vembu for a few months.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    The performance is good. There are no issues with performance.

    Backups are run at night, then we check them in the morning. We don't do active maintenance.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    If we have multiple jobs running at the same time, then the performance will be reduced, e.g., if you run four or five jobs at once. If only one job is running, then the solution can be very fast.  

    It is deployed across our entire network, but we have a very small environment.

    How are customer service and technical support?

    Their technical support is good and helpful. Their response time is as we expect it to be. If I raise a case, they will come back to me within half an hour to an hour at maximum.

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

    Previously, we used Veeam Backup, but we replaced it with Vembu. We switched because Vembu is more cost-effective. So, price was a factor.

    How was the initial setup?

    The initial setup is straightforward and doesn't take much time.

    What about the implementation team?

    It takes two people to deploy it, e.g., a backup admin and I deployed it.

    What was our ROI?

    This solution has help us deliver an enterprise level data protection solution and reduced budgets.

    With our manual backups, we can combine two or three jobs into one, taking three hours. We are reducing our time spent on backups by approximately two-thirds.

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

    One month ago, we subscribed for one year.

    Which other solutions did I evaluate?

    At another organization, I have worked with Dell EMC NetWorker and Commvault (about two or three years ago). Dell EMC NetWorker can do the weekly and monthly backups that Vembu cannot.

    What other advice do I have?

    We are not using the deduplication feature. I am not 100 percent sure how the deduplication works on Vembu.

    I would rate this solution as a seven out of 10. The product is good, but they need to resolve the multiple policies issue that is currently restricting us on the server.

    Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

    On-premises
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    DS
    Senior Full Stack JavaScript Developer at a hospitality company with 1,001-5,000 employees
    Real User
    Top 10
    Encrypts traffic when transferring it to its destination

    Pros and Cons

    • "There is an option to back up a specific folder from a specific source, not the whole virtual machine."
    • "They can work on their cloud solution. In these days, the data becomes too much and you have to back up a lot of data to the site. They could offer cheaper storage to their clients with the cloud, making this a single source of truth solution. In our project, we are using two service providers: One who offers our storage and another who offers the software. If they work on their cloud solution and can offer their clients lower prices for this type of storage, this would be a really good improvement."

    What is our primary use case?

    Currently, we use Vembu for weekly backups of our virtual infrastructure and monthly backups for separate, confidential data.

    We use it only with VMware.

    How has it helped my organization?

    If our country is hit by a meteor, I have secured data in another country on the other side of the world. Then, I can start the restore process immediately with this solution.

    What is most valuable?

    There is an option to back up a specific folder from a specific source, not the whole virtual machine. 

    The encryption is a must in these days. You can't do anything without encryption of your traffic or data.

    What needs improvement?

    The compression is unusable in every scenario because the data that we backup is too different, according to each type. Therefore, the compression is not applicable everywhere. So, we don't use the compression at all.

    They can work on their cloud solution. In these days, the data becomes too much and you have to back up a lot of data to the site. They could offer cheaper storage to their clients with the cloud, making this a single source of truth solution. In our project, we are using two service providers: One who offers our storage and another who offers the software. If they work on their cloud solution and can offer their clients lower prices for this type of storage, this would be a really good improvement.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    It's pretty stable. We haven't had any issues with the software, like crashing or freezing.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    I don't have any of the reservations about the scalability because we currently use it on a single machine. 

    We have about three users who are part of the IT department, including two senior administrators and me, as IT manager.

    How are customer service and technical support?

    Our account manager has provided us with great information and support. He is always on time. I haven't needed to wait more than two hours to read the answers to my questions.

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

    Three years ago, we started the project to duplicate our infrastructure in every single aspect and needed to create daily backups of our virtual machines.

    We picked Vembu two years ago, but switched to another solution which comes with integrated backup for virtual machines. This year, we start another project, which is to create offsite backups somewhere in the world. There were some requirements: the backup storage to be encrypted, the transfer to be encrypted, and not be so expensive. So, I looked at Vembu and Vinchin again. We were only satisfied with this tool (Vembu) when we started talking about money, because it was cheaper and could easily encrypt our non-dedicated storage.

    How was the initial setup?

    The initial setup was as easy as one, two, three. I downloaded the software, then ran the application. They have a perfect documentation section on their website where you can find what you need: this tutorial.

    Our deployment was about an hour.

    We always start any project with a deployment strategy. This includes some type of testing. We go in with the result that we want and compare the software with our requirements. If it fits, then we start to reach the end result.

    What was our ROI?

    Currently, our whole offsite backup project, including Vembu, is about $500 per year to back up everything that we have. It is a lot of data, about 50 terabytes.

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

    I find the licensing model to be valuable. The payment model is done with a set price or per virtual machine, and it is also done annually or on a permanent basis. You can choose whichever licensing model you prefer.

    For our company, the current price of Vembu against Veeam is a few times cheaper. In our infrastructure, if we picked Veeam, we would have to pay about $20,000 per year. Now, we are currently paying about $2,000 per year for Vembu. You can do the math. The price is great.

    Money always matters, so it could be cheaper, but this is not realistic for the market.

    Which other solutions did I evaluate?

    When we started to look for this type of software, we had to choose between Veeam, Vembu, or Vinchin. Vinchin is a new player on the market. 

    We integrated a service provide into our own solution. This is why I picked Vembu at first, because it can be integrated with a third-party service provider and was the only software able to be integrated into our solution. Vembu offers a cloud offsite service, which is a type of Vembu storage where you can store your backups if you don't have other options.

    Vinchin is easier to use with simpler interfaces. However, when you read the features, because it is new software in the market, there were not some functions built-in, like encryption. Vembu encrypts the traffic when it transfers it to its destination. According to our Vinchin and Vembu comparison, Vembu is pretty complicated against Vinchin, but Vembu is easier to install and update.

    Reasons why we went with Vembu:

    1. The price. 
    2. The integration option. 
    3. They offered a lot of additional features that we don't use currently, but you never know what you will need in the future.

    What other advice do I have?

    The software is currently satisfying our needs for us. We aren't using all of Vembu features at the moment.

    We use data reservation in our offsite data backup.

    It is compatible with almost everything that exists on the market. It's compatible with VMware and Hyper-V. With VMware, it works very well. We haven't had any issues so far. 

    I would advise to try it and not to look at the prices of the top players on the market, though do look at alternative software. Sometimes, you need to try more than one or two solutions, then switch to whichever one is better. Pretty often, we speak to some not-so famous product or company to complete our approach.

    I would rate the solution as a 10 out of 10.

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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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    RK
    Project Manager at TMI DUBAI
    Real User
    Top 20
    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.

    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 technical 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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