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Thierry Maroten | TrustRadius Reviewer
May 08, 2020

My Vembu perception

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Vembu is used by some of our clients mainly for long retention backup purposes. Some also use it to back up and replicate VMware VM.
  • Reliable - few problems.
  • Good and quick support.
  • Easy to setup.
  • Too few administrative features vs Storegrid.
  • Requires too many support requests for simple tasks like storage move.
Vembu is especially good for file backup with long retention.

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Tom Schmidt | TrustRadius Reviewer
December 04, 2019

Vembu is an excellent value for the money and TOP NOTCH support

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We are using the software to backup approx 60 workstations and laptops—all Windows 10 Pro based.
  • Both incremental and Bare Metal backups.
  • Very fast backups over network.
  • Nice email notifications.
  • Top Notch technical support, VERY fast support.
  • Quicker install and setup of workstations if you could set default values.
Very low cost per workstation compared to other products.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
April 29, 2020

Nice free product for small businesses.

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We use Vembu free edition to backup a single virtual production server in our organisation, this gives us a good known backup of our company data each day. The data doesn't take up much space and when we have needed to use the restore feature we have always got back what we needed.
  • Nice interface.
  • Easy to use.
  • Fully automated.
  • Email notifications
  • Limited features for free use.
  • Sometimes the service stalls and needs manual intervention.
  • Indexing feature takes some time on complex folders/files.
The Vembu free suite is well suited to virtual hosts backing up a single guest on that operating system, if you require more advanced features and or more virtual server backups you might want to look at their pro version.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
March 25, 2020

No frills but it works

Score 6 out of 10
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It is used across the company to provide logical separation and single-pass backups of virtualized infrastructure.
  • Single pass backups are good.
  • Deduplication levels using the Vembu File System are good.
  • Support levels are high.
  • The web interface can be slow.
  • The management of Offsite Dr isn't great.
  • Storage utilization and management can be difficult.
BDR is well suited to small environments that want the facility to complete application aware backups swiftly and also to ship these offsite.
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Kees Wals | TrustRadius Reviewer
November 26, 2019

Vembu Backup with the personal touch

Score 8 out of 10
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We use Vembu Backup for all our shared and dedicated hosting servers across our datacenters for both on-site and off-site backup, and the restore of system code and respective databases on a weekly full and daily incremental bases.
  • Vembu Backup is an easy to configure and setup service.
  • Vembu Backup has powerful reporting functionality and alerting capability.
  • Vembu Backup benefits from a smart GUI to set up and manage backups and restores from or across systems.
  • In my opinion, there is only one area to improve Vembu Backup and that's the license manager. A good metaphor would be, you can't see the forest through the trees.
We have used Vembu Backup for years now in a multi-server cross datacenter with an off-site unattended backup flawlessly.
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Richard Voorheis | TrustRadius Reviewer
November 04, 2019

Easy VM Backup and Restore.

Score 8 out of 10
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Testing of new product software is performed on a single VMWare Server. We use VEMBU to back up the 60+ VM's on that VMWare Server to an external Hard drive.
  • It reports test results via e-mail.
  • We can run reliable backups without bringing VSphere server down.
  • It organizes full and incremental back-ups coherently.
  • Upgrading to new versions is relatively labor-intensive.
  • VMs to be backed up sometimes fail due to a lack of ability to create a snapshot. Vembu should find a way to work around this issue.
  • Supporting external storage (cloud) could be easier to configure, use, and integrate into the back-up processes.
The stand-alone VSphere server backup is handled well. I have not attempted to implement it in a larger (multiple server) environment.
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Lokman Hakim Mohamad Azli | TrustRadius Reviewer
September 05, 2019

I choose VembuBDR

Score 9 out of 10
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We used VembuBDR to provide a managed backup service to our customers. It addresses data protection and great support.
  • There's a great support team available 24x7 even though you are not a paid user yet!
  • It covers most of the common applications, and it's easy to configure and install.
  • Attractive pricing.
  • Documentation.
Our biggest customer is a 500-user organization with more than 30 servers covering AD, Exchange, Applications, Web Portal and Databases. We never had any major problem.
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Paolo Aglialoro | TrustRadius Reviewer
August 27, 2019

Vembu BDR - freshening VMs backup scene

Score 9 out of 10
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Vembu BDR is used across whole organization both for backups and replicas of VMs. It's being used thoroughly to implement a disaster recovery strategy. In two occasions it has already helped to recover from a disaster occurred.
  • Web interface, it's easy to configure and requires no proprietary client
  • Multiplatform approach
  • Postgres database and not usual Microsoft buggy bloatware
  • Outstanding customer support!!! A++++
  • Missing Linux file level recovery
  • Replicas section needs improvements (already debugging it with customer support) and new features: add of VM to existing replica and merge of two existing replicas.
  • The loss of the BDR VM itself means that in a total disaster scenario restore of the backupped VMs may be cumbersome or impossible: you should copy the strategy of veeam, which allows to import seamlessly an entire backup pool; this can be done, in my opinion, by also making a full postgres DB dump to the backup pool whenever a job completes.
  • Some parts of the web interface should be refined: e.g. the part for email notifications is not enough clear (difference for mails sent for every event and just unsuccessful ones); also, I required as a feature timestamps in 24H format (most of the world is NOT anglosaxon); some actions which are possible in the interface sort out NO EFFECT, like adding a VM to an existing replica, but are yet accepted by the interface; also backup pool section needs refinement, especially to add a new one and to manage existing ones.
  • It should be possible to instruct the software to take advantage of existing LACP network configurations, running parallel processes to speed up data transfer.
  • An improvement of speed of overall throughput would be greatly appreciated.
  • Possibility to backup/replicate BSD (e.g. OpenBSD, FreeBSD) and Solaris VMs
  • PROXMOX support is missing :(((((
Well suited: typical small business mainly windows VMs environment with some linux VMs too but without file level recovery needs, average budget situations

Less appropriate:
-file level recovery for Linux VMs because it does not allow [for this]
-backup/replica of*BSD and Solaris VMs which are currently not possible
-superfast RTO as the software is not particularly optimed for speed
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Daniel Castro | TrustRadius Reviewer
July 26, 2019

VembuBDR Smokes Other Overpriced Backup Solutions

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Vembu BDR Suite is used as a backup/recovery, disaster recovery solution and can also be used for Hyper-V and ESXI VM replication and migration. There's an image-based backup client for Windows/Server and Mac, and a file-based backup client for Windows/Server, Mac, and Linux. No client needs to be installed on the hypervisors for backup - you can run the backups directly from the backup server.
  • Fast VM backups
  • Fast image backups
  • Fast file based backups
  • Easy restore options
  • Excellent support with minimal hassle
  • Excellent value
  • I would like image based backups for Linux and FreeBSD.
  • I would like the ability to directly restore an image backup to ESXI or more cross-platform restore options.
  • Managing storage by yourself (without support helping you out) can be tricky. I wish there were easier options to assign storage to users/backups, especially "after the fact."
  • Windows image-based backup needs to assign drive letters to partitions that don't usually have them (system reserved, etc.). There should be a way for the program to identify the drives by different means.
I really can't think of too many scenarios where I would not prefer to use Vembu. I guess I would never sell this to a client for them to set up themselves—it's not like Carbonite or some other backup solutions where the user pushes a magic play-mobile button and derp derp derp the cloud, but a technical person can manage this easily. There are cloud options, but I prefer to host the BDR servers to clients on my own resources, and I think technical folks can do this without involving the big data companies.
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Michael Pisto | TrustRadius Reviewer
June 18, 2019

It's Great and the Price is Great!

Score 10 out of 10
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I have been using other Backup Solutions but they really like their prices so I was looking for a different solution and I found it with Vembu. It fits my business model, my business needs, the backup works and can be exported out in a variety of forms and can perform bare metal restores. It fits my needs, it's easy to set up and the pricing is significantly cheaper than the "big guys". Look into it, I think you'll really appreciate and like it.
  • Backup
  • Restore
  • Alert
  • Export to the major VM file systems
  • Bare metal restores
  • Changing to a different server name or IP address is a bit cumbersome but works.
It's suited for any backup needs. It's highly scalable. It has a variety of backup methods—Image, VM, and Network backups. Can be used for desktops and servers. It's built for any size business really.
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Juan Gomez | TrustRadius Reviewer
May 31, 2019

Vembu is a great backups software that allows you to use ANYWHERE

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We are a disaster and recovery business that uses this software for our small business clients and protects their data. It has worked tremendously in being able to protect small businesses on a nightly basis and even help them out when they had a minor OR major computer/server issue. Our IT support engineers have said that it is an extremely easy software to install and provide support.
  • IT does a great job at doing nightly backups and super easy job at going in and being able to restore a single file or folder (which ever is needed).
  • It has an extremely easy web interface that anyone who is a end user can learn and be able to restore their files.
  • It is extremely easy to install and whenever there are updates for Vembu BDR, it will be an update that takes less than a minute to install.
  • Only improvement I can think of is, compatibility issues to older operating systems. Have to make sure when new updates come out if you have an older machine... Make sure it still supports it.
It is well suited in a small business (of any kind), where you are looking for a simple solution in something you can keep local (or offsite) to protect your important data. A simple guide provided by Vembu, makes it super easy for you to learn the features and different types of backups you can create.
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Alessandro Gastaldello | TrustRadius Reviewer
September 12, 2019

Vembu is a very good solution for centralized backup and disaster recovery

Score 8 out of 10
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Backup service and disaster recovery system.
  • Simple to install and setup.
  • The recovery procedure is easy and fast.
  • Good technical support team.
  • Translation on local languages.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
June 19, 2019

Awesome Product

Score 9 out of 10
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Across most of our customers. We use it as a great/reliable backup tool.
  • Easy interface which makes setting up/restoring backups easy.
  • Light weight and doesn't slow down the network.
  • Great customer support team who is quick to answer/resolve issues.
  • Vague failure messages make troubleshooting hard sometimes.
Well suited for small/medium businesses for nightly backups. Would rather use a more onsite utility for larger offices.
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John DeMattia | TrustRadius Reviewer
May 22, 2019

Vembu BDR is the ideal backup suite. It is robust yet simple and inexpensive to use.

Score 10 out of 10
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Vembu BDR is used to backup our file server nightly and to replicate it to another site for redundancy.
  • Vembu BDR is easy to use with a simple, straight forward user interface.
  • Vembu support is outstanding, responsive, and quick, with great follow up.
  • The speed at which Vembu BDR works is very impressive with little resource requirements.
  • The Vembu BDR status emails are short and informative.
  • The price for the Vembu BDR functionality is a real bargain!
  • I am not aware of any short comings in the functionality of the Vembu BDR offering.
  • The Vembu BDR offering meets all our needs and more.
If you have a need to replicate many TBs of data or are yet to be able to recover a file, folder or volume level, Vembu BDR is a serious competitor. The price is low and the support is superior. If you don't need data backups or file server replication, then you don't need a Vembu BDR-like product.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
April 09, 2019

Vembu: a good Linux option for Home labs or SOHO

Score 8 out of 10
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Currently, I use VembuBDR in my home lab, due to the free option providing a greater feature set than other free option. I am running the Vembu BDR on a Linux VM, and am using it to back up a series of VMs from a vSphere cluster to an external NAS over iscsi. This back up process is scheduled to run every few days, and seems to run pretty quickly on 99% of the configured VMs.
  • Linux installer and web UI: unlike some other options, a Linux installer can be acquired and provides an easy to use web UI.
  • Quick Support: support has been quick and helpful when needed.
  • Easy to configure: the backup process is easy to configure and can be done in 15 to 20 mins.
  • Logging: The Free version doesn't appear to provide any alternative to alerting/logging other than email. Syslog or something similar would be nice
  • Iscsi config: the process to use iscsi as a backup target requires configuration on the OS itself. Putting this and NFS configuration in the UI would be a plus
  • Self Signed Certs: the ability to create a CSR and load a certificate from an on-site CA using the UI.
For home labs or small businesses, Vembu seems very well suited. I feel that large orgs, or one focusing more on container-based systems, may find some issues. For an environment with little to no Windows or Active Directory, the Linux version is a nice option compared to something like Veeam, which requires Windows.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
March 04, 2019

Vembu BDR Review

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It is being used by the Systems team within our IT department to handle backups of our VMs in VMWare. We backup VMs from our headquarters and our collocated datacenter, and ship an offsite copy to our DR data center, all using the Vembu BDR Suite.
  • It's incredibly simple to get up and running. We provided credentials for our vCenter server, set up the storage where the backups would go, and that was it.
  • Doing a restore is just as simple as backing up. Within moments I was able to launch a new VM from a backup. I even launched it to a different data center from the one it had originated.
  • We have backups that store sensitive information, and Vembu BDR made it incredibly simple to encrypt our backups.
  • There's no active directory support, so I can't authenticate with my AD user.
I think it's an appropriate tool to use if you have a highly virtualized environment and are looking for a well-working, affordable solution to back up your VMs.
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Hariesh Nair | TrustRadius Reviewer
October 26, 2018

How Vembu BDR takes part in our business

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We really had a tough time backing up virtual machine images. We were using traditional backup tools to do the job and it was a time-consuming job. Moreover, it was not a reliable solution. When we learned about Vembu BDR, we downloaded and evaluated it to its full potential. To our surprise, it was very easy to use, faster and reliable.

Vembu really helped us with automating virtual machine backups. It saves a lot of time and we have peace of mind. Vembu meets important fundamental needs of our organization.
  • The most important things is that it's very easy to configure and has faster deployment.
  • Very good compression ratio and backups are faster than traditional VM backup tools.
  • Forever incremental is another useful feature which will save storage space.
  • Mount image as volume is not working for Linux VMs, it would have been better with this feature working.
  • The web management console should be improved with detailed VM backup reports.
It's very useful and economical for small and medium based industries. It may not be appropriate for large industries with a higher number of VMs.
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Jesse Brandt | TrustRadius Reviewer
May 29, 2018

Vembu BDR is a great find!

Score 9 out of 10
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We switched to Vembu BDR Suite to replace an aging Tape Backup system to perform on-site backups of all of our VM Hosts and VMs.
It has greatly improved the speed of recovery, and the time it takes to perform a backup is significantly faster than our previous solution.
This software has resolved our worries about moving away form Tape drives as a primary backup system.
  • Recovery time is very fast
  • Can set many recovery points down to 15-minute intervals
  • Schedule Rollups to improve storage
  • Easier to eliminate old storage locations
Very good at immediate VM recovery when compared to recovering from an image. File-level recovery is available as well or you can mount the backup as a directory.

The backup repositories could be named more appropriately, currently, they are numbers. I'd like to be able to browse right to them in the file system rather than navigate the Vembu software every time for a single file.
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Jesse Furr | TrustRadius Reviewer
September 13, 2018

Vembu BDR Suite Review

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It is used by the IT department to back up all of our server VMs. It addresses the business problems of disaster recovery and continuity.
  • User-friendly web UI
  • Ease of setting up a backup VM
  • Responsive customer service
  • Cryptic error messages that can be hard to troubleshoot
  • Licensing requirements can be difficult to understand
  • More information on what is fixed in releases would be helpful
The Vembu BDR suite solution is simple and robust and is fairly easy to install and administer backups for a VMWare environment.
An earlier backup product had features to keep a backup on local disk but this feature is missing in the Vembu BDR Suite.
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Adrian Takacs | TrustRadius Reviewer
August 28, 2018

Vembu BDR Suite is awesome!

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We are using the BDR Suite to backup multiple customer servers and workstations, all departments. So far we have experienced only workstation failures and the backups helped us restore the users’ data when rebuilding the workstation.
  • More reliable than any other backup solution
  • Amazing support from Vembu
  • Great price
  • Reporting can be better, I liked StoreGrid for reporting and some of that functionality is missing in BDR360.
  • When on backup reports graph mode, you can see the number of missed or failed backups but after clicking on the graph nothing happens. I would like to see the problem machines coming up.
  • Missing delete options for customers.
Backing up workstation is free.
Vembu support is amazing.
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Vipin Thulaseedharan | TrustRadius Reviewer
August 31, 2018

Vembu Review

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I used it just as a file backup application. It did not solve any problems, and instead created more.
  • None
  • The whole GUI interface needs a revamp. The reporting is terrible.
  • Push installation/adding clients to backup does not seem to effectively work.
  • I believe that there can be a lot of improvements done and they can base it out of existing backup softwares.
As per my personal experience, Vembu is effective only when the file server you're backing up is less than 500GB-- over this size, it tends to fail.
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Edward Morando | TrustRadius Reviewer
August 28, 2018

Happy with Vembu’s technical remote support team.

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I recently had to engage with Vembu’s remote support and engineering teams to assist with a complex data restoration. The support teams were professional and well informed and turned a dire situation into a successful restore. My experience with Vembu’s technical teams surpassed my expectations and I am very happy with the results.
  • Technical support
  • Support escalations
  • Engaging development and engineering teams to solve a problem.
  • I wish I was given the option of phone support at the time I entered my ticket.
The product I’m familiar with (StorGrid) is a solid solution for direct offsite backups.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
June 26, 2018

Simple yet Powerful BDR Tool, Give it a try!

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Lesser Backup time and quick restoration. As a whole, a complete Disaster recovery package.
  • Faster Backup
  • Faster restoration
  • Storage management
  • Offsite Copy management feature
  • License check could be made offline
  • Option to choose the destination for Network Backup not available
It is very well designed and easier to start with. The UI is very simple yet powerful enough. I would recommend Vembu BDR for managing Windows and Vmware environments. There are a plethora of features available which is surprising. The option to encrypt your backups and scheduling email reports after every task(Successful/failed) is a great advantage.
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Tom Evans | TrustRadius Reviewer
April 24, 2018

Vembu BDR - flexible, reliable online backup

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DataMirror is a specialist online backup service provider. Vembu BDR is being used across our organisation as a stable, reliable backup solution. We are also using it as the software platform which underpins our online backup service for all of our customers. It is being used to back up a mix of server and desktop machines. It is protecting files as well as backing up bare metal system images and SQL server instances. It ensures that our clients have 24/7 data protection.
  • 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.
  • I think the platform is very comprehensive. If one possible improvement might be made, it is the process of creating a bare metal restore image/recovery cd.
Vembu BDR is well suited to both simple and complex environments with a large or small number of systems to be backed up. If there are large numbers of machines to be backed up, it is simply possible to have a local backup server onsite and a replication server stored at a remote location.
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Darrian Churchill | TrustRadius Reviewer
May 15, 2018

Vembu BDR Suite Review

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We use Vembu BDR Suite across our company as our server and data backup solution. Vembu BDR Suite addresses all of our disaster recovery needs.
  • Easy to manage backup and restore
  • Centralized management solution
  • Backup encryption
  • Good versioning of files
  • Web based layout can be tricky
  • Licensing portal is cumbersome
  • Backup alerts can be obnoxious
Vembu BDR Suite is suited to any medium to large organization requiring reliable backups. It is well suited to organizations with offsite hosted servers for disaster recovery and replication. There aren't really any scenarios I wouldn't recommend Vembu BDR Suite for.
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Feature Scorecard Summary

Universal recovery (25)
Live recovery (24)
Recovery verification (25)
Business application protection (21)
Multiple backup destinations (21)
Incremental backup identification (29)
Backup to the cloud (17)
Deduplication and file compression (21)
Snapshots (21)
Flexible deployment (28)
Management dashboard (29)
Platform support (29)
Retention options (26)
Encryption (24)

About Vembu BDR Suite

Vembu BDR Suite is a comprehensive universal backup solution catering to the backup, recovery and disaster recovery needs of diverse and heterogeneous IT environments. Through its flagship offering, 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 is done within a single UI. Also, Vembu offers one of the most complete free edition for SMBs as well. Post 30 days trial version, user can either opt to purchase the product or continue using the free edition. In Free edition user has two options to proceed with backup configurations : Full featured free edition for limited VMs or Limited featured Edition for unlimited VMs

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