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83 Ratings
Top Rated
83 Ratings
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Score 8.2 out of 100
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Score 6.6 out of 100

Feature Set Ratings

  • Vembu BDRSuite ranks higher in 1 feature set: Data Center Backup

Data Center Backup

7.7

Vembu BDRSuite

77%
7.0

Veritas Backup Exec

70%
Vembu BDRSuite ranks higher in 10/14 features

Universal recovery

8.7
87%
43 Ratings
6.9
69%
17 Ratings

Instant recovery

7.8
78%
84 Ratings
5.1
51%
15 Ratings

Recovery verification

8.1
81%
44 Ratings
7.9
79%
18 Ratings

Business application protection

7.1
71%
35 Ratings
8.0
80%
16 Ratings

Multiple backup destinations

7.4
74%
36 Ratings
7.4
74%
19 Ratings

Incremental backup identification

7.4
74%
46 Ratings
7.8
78%
20 Ratings

Backup to the cloud

6.8
68%
28 Ratings
8.2
82%
12 Ratings

Deduplication and file compression

6.6
66%
36 Ratings
6.5
65%
14 Ratings

Snapshots

8.5
85%
36 Ratings
8.4
84%
14 Ratings

Flexible deployment

7.6
76%
44 Ratings
5.2
52%
15 Ratings

Management dashboard

7.2
72%
48 Ratings
5.9
59%
18 Ratings

Platform support

7.9
79%
48 Ratings
5.9
59%
17 Ratings

Retention options

8.3
83%
45 Ratings
8.4
84%
16 Ratings

Encryption

8.8
88%
42 Ratings
6.2
62%
11 Ratings

Attribute Ratings

  • Vembu BDRSuite is rated higher in 5 areas: Likelihood to Recommend, Likelihood to Renew, Usability, Support Rating, Implementation Rating

Likelihood to Recommend

8.0

Vembu BDRSuite

80%
51 Ratings
6.1

Veritas Backup Exec

61%
22 Ratings

Likelihood to Renew

6.2

Vembu BDRSuite

62%
3 Ratings
1.0

Veritas Backup Exec

10%
3 Ratings

Usability

8.3

Vembu BDRSuite

83%
49 Ratings
1.0

Veritas Backup Exec

10%
1 Rating

Support Rating

6.8

Vembu BDRSuite

68%
8 Ratings
2.3

Veritas Backup Exec

23%
5 Ratings

Implementation Rating

8.0

Vembu BDRSuite

80%
3 Ratings
3.0

Veritas Backup Exec

30%
1 Rating

Likelihood to Recommend

Vembu Technologies

I've been working with nearly every backup program for more than 25 years from small shops to corporations with thousands of users. Vembu BDR [Suite] is a great product for any business, large or small. It is missing a couple of options that maybe the most popular one has but it doesn't prevent protecting your business. When budget is an issue it's by far the best option. Being able to provide it to our clients is an added bonus since that makes it so much easier to manage when everyone is using the same product. When it comes to technical support, I haven't experienced support like Vembu Support in years. They are quick to respond, happy to remotely connect if desired and seem to really understand their product well. Many others I've worked with refuse to help, and send responses that have nothing to do with my question or they simply provide a link to a document and basically tell me to read and figure it out myself. Often that document does not relate to my issue. I've always done my research before contacting support and that kind of response is one of the biggest reasons we decided to look elsewhere and after many trials and deep testing, ultimately switched to Vembu. Vembu has been rock solid, fast, and tech support has been top-notch.

The biggest place I would say that VembuBDR is less appropriate is when you have the desire to backup your physical systems to multiple internal storage devices and want a secondary backup as a safety net and don’t want to risk that the backup itself is corrupt or infected and your only other option is a mirrored copy of that data.

I know they are working hard on adding features and I’m excited to know version 5 is releasing soon.
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Veritas Technologies LLC

Backup Exec works well generally in most environments or situations. The licensing can potentially be a nightmare, but manageable if you have a decent reseller. Backing up and restoring from physical tapes which is not all that common is not as reliable as when backing up and restoring from datastores that reside on hard drives or digital media. It does a good job with large or small backup jobs. Backing up and managing SQL backups requires additional licenses and be a bit clunky. If you are very careful (which you should be anyway) and document as you build these backups you will get better at managing them. Regarding a virtual environment, I have limited experience in that arena, but have done it. Backup Exec can backup VMware environments, but honestly we moved to Unitrends to backup our VM's and are much happier with the backup process. However, restoring a VM in Unitrends can be tedious compared to Backup Exec.
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Pros

Vembu Technologies

  • Bare metal system images. These are incredibly flexible, enabling you to do dissimilar hardware restores, local or online backups and restore to VHD
  • Full, differential and transaction log backups for SQL server, ensuring rapid backup and restore, with maximum storage efficiency.
  • Incremental backups for files, meaning only the changes which have been made to a file are backed up, dramatically reducing time to backup and increasing storage efficiency.
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Veritas Technologies LLC

  • Manage agent based backups - It is easy to schedule and monitor backups. Verifying backups is done for all jobs. Backup performance is excellent.
  • Provide a wide ranging contingent of backup options - Despite providing a dizzying array of backup options, it is easy to schedule individual or recurring jobs.
  • Integrates well with our Active Directory - Restoring even individual Active Directory objects is possible.
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Cons

Vembu Technologies

  • Although its interface is simple, a web-only interface for a backup solution isn't recommended as the main interface.
  • Using PostgreSQL as the configuration DB Source is OK. But, the lack of options for the Database isn't OK. Especially on a Windows Environment, admins prefer using a centralized MS SQL Instance, and this is not possible with Vembu.
  • More work needed on SharePoint, Active Directory, and Exchange Restores. All three are critical workloads in almost any infrastructure.
  • Reporting can be greatly improved.
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Veritas Technologies LLC

  • Could provide better license management from an inventory perspective. How many licenses do I have?.. etc.
  • When Backup Exec backs up itself it should not select iSCSI backup targets by default. The result is recursive data backup ending in the loss of storage capacity.
  • I'm struggling to come up with another con.
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Pricing Details

Vembu BDRSuite

Starting Price

$1.8 per month VM

Editions & Modules

Vembu BDRSuite editions and modules pricing
EditionModules
VMware & Hyper-V VM Backup$1.81
Windows Server Backup$62
Linux Server Backup$63
AWS EC2 Backup$34
Microsoft 365 & Google Workspace Backup$1.25
Endpoint Backup$1.56

Footnotes

  1. per month per VM
  2. per month per server
  3. per month per server
  4. per month per instance
  5. per month per user
  6. per month per endpoint

Offerings

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services

Entry-level set up fee?

No setup fee

Additional Details

Pricing Info

Veritas Backup Exec

Starting Price

$0

Editions & Modules

Veritas Backup Exec editions and modules pricing
EditionModules
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Footnotes

  1. none

Offerings

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services

Entry-level set up fee?

No setup fee

Additional Details

Likelihood to Renew

Vembu Technologies

I think the product will remain useful for us and as the company keeps improving features it will continue to be relevant and useful. We don't like switching technology much and BDR solutions shouldn't be something that a company replaces every few years., that's why most likely we will keep using it.
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Veritas Technologies LLC

This software is a mess in my brutally honest opinion. I've spent more time babysitting this software while backing up 20 servers than I did with Veeam backing up 600+. I've had multiple jobs run fine for weeks at a time that just randomly fail out of the blue for seemingly no reason whatsoever. There's no intuitive way to chain jobs, so automation becomes somewhat more problematic if certain jobs depend on other jobs. The forever incremental feature feels tacked on since the merge operation merges all your incremental jobs into the most recent backup and doesn't have the option set a limit on how long to keep your point in time restores.
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Usability

Vembu Technologies

Vembu is a great solution, but it still requires some fine-tuning. The user interface for Managed Service Providers could be more streamlined. Support logs need to provide clearer information about an issue whenever there's a failure. Backup agents should have the ability to automatically update when there's a new version and support should be on-shore during US business hours.
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Veritas Technologies LLC

It can do a lot of things on paper and sounds terrific, but in practice it doesn't do any of them well. It can easily be sold to non-technical minds and C-levels, but of all the backup solutions I've used in the last 15 years of my career, Backup Exec is easily the least fault tolerant. Unless this software is a sunk cost and you're on a shoestring budget, I recommend almost anything else. Jobs fail often with obscure error codes and the KB articles in the Veritas support portal are a mess. Within 30 days of a fresh deployment I've logged more tickets with their support than I did in 3 years with Veeam.
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Support Rating

Vembu Technologies

It often takes a very long time to get an issue fixed. the support folks seem committed to getting it fixed but they often seem to be trying different things and hoping something works. I did not get the sense that they had a clear idea what was wrong.
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Veritas Technologies LLC

In the few instances of having to contact support, our overall outcome was always good. They would have received a better score if the wait time was less, but I attribute this to the timing of support calls - it was during the previous owner's time. We have not had to open a support ticket since Veritas Backup Exec took the product back over.
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Implementation Rating

Vembu Technologies

It wasn't difficult at all, it fact, it was mostly simple, implementation doesn't require much skills and knowledge, but the configuration part does require some skills to create the jobs and configure certain settings, overall, its an easy implementation, especially for experienced IT People
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Veritas Technologies LLC

It was pretty straightforward.
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Alternatives Considered

Vembu Technologies

I tested Vembu against Veeam and for the price, Vembu was the better option. I also had a great support experience as I had to contact Vembu twice after mistakes I made. While using Veeam the software was not as intuitive and support responses were not as swift and accurate.
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Veritas Technologies LLC

If your company is looking at changing solutions or currently does not have any, Veritas Backup Exec is the way to go. Do yourself a favor and try the 60 day trial, you won't be disappointed! Very simple to use and has a great GUI, much better than what the competition has to offer.
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Return on Investment

Vembu Technologies

  • For organizations that use different tools for Backup and recovery, this could be the single tool for Storage and Backup Administrators to automate and work effectively.
  • Software cost is lesser thus the money can be invested for other tools/software procurement
  • I don't think there is any negative impact as of now
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Veritas Technologies LLC

  • Backups by their very nature are difficult to quantify when it comes to ROI. Any monies spent should be seen more as insurance . If you never have to claim on it then that is the best outcome. Backup Exec gives you comfort that you can meet any downtime recovery targets set by your business and this is how to benchmark your solution.
  • Conduct regular DR tests and your this will be your ROI.
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