BDRSuite

BDRSuite

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BDRSuite

Overview

What is BDRSuite?

Vembu BDR Suite is a universal backup solution catering to the backup, recovery, and disaster recovery needs of diverse IT environments. It is also optimized for service providers who deliver BaaS and DRaaS to their customers.
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How BDRSuite Differs From Its Competitors

Decision Factors

Purchase and support were initially recommended by 3rd party. Glad they picked this Company and product.
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Physical Server Support

We use Virtual and Physical environments only. It has made us feel safer in our backup strategy in the unsafe digital work we live in today.
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Decision Factors

The most important factors for us are disaster recovery and a guarantee that backups are recoverable. Test restores and sandboxing are essential.
Recurring margin income for IT Service providers is essential and the current Vembu model fails to address the requirement. Being able to build up an …
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Other Considerations

Altaro - Only VM backups, not physical. We use it in conjunction with Vembu. Veeam - Too expensive and bad reports about managing licenses on the forums.
Nakivo used in conjunction with Vembu. An excellent product and well priced. Nakivo has a full set of features for Physical and VM backups but …
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Decision Factors

Price and Tech Support were our major factors. There are a lot of backup options out there that do pretty much the same thing. Tech support is lacking terribly in most cases. Vembu BDR Suite is the exception to this. For the features you get along with great tech support, you simply can't beat the …
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Physical Server Support

We have benefited greatly from being able to easily and securely backup VMs and data for our clients to our datacenter. This offers them the ability to store critical data offsite in the event of a disaster.
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Other Considerations

I've used most of the well known products throughout my career, working in large corporations and supporting small clients too. Ultimately our choice came down to Vembu and Veeam both of which we have significant experience with. We ultimately chose Vembu over Veeam due to the price difference and …
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Decision Factors

I used the free version for 6 months, support stopped answering as backups didn't work right. Sales were not interested in working things out, just sale.
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Decision Factors

We were looking for a robust disaster recovery suite with support for physical servers as well as virtual as our push moving forward was to virtualize more of our environment. The most important factor was cost of the solution versus what the solution offered. Vembu BDR Suite met and surpassed my …
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Physical Server Support

At the time of our search for a robust backup solution, we were also planning to begin migrating some services and servers to a virtual environment. We needed a solution that would fit not only our existing physical-based environment, but a mixed and eventually entirely virtualized environment …
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Hive File System

We have benefited from the VembuHIVE file system via it's space-saving abilities as well as the added security of having our backed up data encrypted on both the BDR server and Offsite locations.
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Decision Factors

The most important factor in acquiring Vembu [BDR Suite] is the cost-benefit ratio, as it is a tool with affordable prices and that meets the robust characteristics of an enterprise backup solution. In addition to this, there is an intuitive solution that allows for easy administration and does …
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Decision Factors

The most important factors in choosing Vembu BDR Suite for our backup solution were cost and ease of use. Compared to other solutions, Vembu BDR Suite is relatively cheap. At half the price of other solutions, it was an easy choice after testing the free version.
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Other Considerations

I researched several different big-name solutions prior to selecting Vembu BDR Suite. The main thing that kept bringing me back to Vembu BDR Suite over the others was cost and ease of use.
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Decision Factors

In these difficult times, the cost is a very important factor, and an investment in any product goes through a long decision-making process. In our experience, being able to test the product first was key to decide if it fits our needs or not. After our testing phase, we found that the features we …
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Physical Server Support

We have a fairly complex environment with various virtualized and physical workloads, although cloud instances are not part of our setup, backup the cloud was, and it worked without any issues. Something to note here, being future-proof is a good thing, and Vembu won't be an issue for us should we …
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Other Considerations

We considered Veeam Backup and Replication suite before going through with Vembu BDR. What we found is that Vembu covered all of the features we needed for much less cost. Our focus was on virtualized workloads and Vembu does that perfectly well, the cost savings were big for the value.
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Decision Factors

I was looking for a backup solution that was ideally free or low-cost just to back up less-critical servers.
Having searched high and low on the Internet, I came across Vembu which was little-known I believe (at the time), and I thought I'd give it a try. It also had to be relatively user friendly …
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Physical Server Support

I have only used Vembu for physical servers, and for the 2 years or so that I've used it, it's worked absolutely fine for us and done what I need it to do.
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Other Considerations

I did do some research into the other, more 'well-known' backup solution providers, but the costs for their software (for my needs) were too high. I chose Vembu mainly because it's free and was relatively easy to get a grip on.
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Decision Factors

The single most important decision was a solution that covered all areas of our business requirements for backup and disaster recovery, namely image, file/folder, virtual machines, replication to co-location/cloud.
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Physical Server Support

Our internal organization has a good mix of both physical and virtual systems. In addition, our customers range from small to medium companies and their backup needs typically vary as well across physical, virtual, or hybrid environments. Some solutions don't do a very good job of backing up …
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Other Considerations

The primary competitor solution we considered was Veeam. Based on our tests it did everything well and support was quick and concise. After reviewing both Vembu and Veeam extensively, we ultimately decided to go with Vembu, because the cost for Veeam was much higher. These days the costs for …
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Decision Factors

As we only have one single server we were looking for a very cheap solution, most tend to be expensive and back up multiple hosts which we didn't need. We found Vembu and thought this was a lite version but it fitted our needs and does exactly what we need it to do.
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Hive File System

The file system keeps disk usage to a minimum and we have benefited from this as we didn't have to buy a large backup drive. This saved us more money.
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Hive File System

Yes, the compression levels seem very good, although I am always conscious of running a file system on top of another file system.
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Decision Factors

Vembu Backup was already configured and running when I joined the company so as it was working according to my expectations, it was an easy decision to extend the use of it.
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Hive File System

Since we have the luxury of enough on and off-site storage we seldom use this feature and to improve speed and lower potential overhead of compression. By default, it's set to none or low. Therefore, I don't have enough experience to comment on the performance and use of this feature.
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Popular Features

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  • Platform support (48)
    7.8
    78%
  • Instant recovery (84)
    7.7
    77%
  • Incremental backup identification (46)
    7.6
    76%
  • Management dashboard (48)
    7.3
    73%

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Pricing

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SaaS

$6

On Premise
per year per user

Endpoint Backup

$7.5

On Premise
per year per endpoint

VM Backup

$18

On Premise
per year per VM

Entry-level set up fee?

  • No setup fee
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Offerings

  • Free Trial
  • Free/Freemium Version
  • Premium Consulting / Integration Services

Starting price (does not include set up fee)

  • $6 per year per user
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Product Demos

BDRSuite - Delivering unified data protection for your diverse IT infrastructure
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Features

Data Center Backup

Data center backup tools send data to a secure storage location after encryption and de-duplication

7.8Avg 8.1
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Product Details

What is BDRSuite?

BDRSuite offers Backup and Disaster Recovery for Small/Medium Businesses, Enterprise Businesses, and Service Providers.

BDRSuite is a Backup & Disaster Recovery software designed for Data Centers/Private Clouds (VMware, Hyper-V, Windows, Linux, Applications & Databases), Public Clouds (AWS), SaaS Applications (Microsoft 365, Google Workspace), and Endpoints (Windows, Mac).

  • The BDRSuite platform can unify the backup management of a diverse IT infrastructure.

  • Reduce Data Loss.

  • Ensure Business Continuity with the Instant Restore option that allows users to recover the backed-up machines in less than 15 mins.

  • Granularly restore Files & Application items without restoring the entire machine.

  • Store Backups Locally (DAS, NAS, SAN) or on Cloud (S3, Azure Blob, S3 Compatible).

  • Backup data can be stored on different storage mediums (Disk/Cloud/Tape) and can be kept in different locations (Local/Offsite/Cloud).


BDRSuite can be purchased in licenses per VM, per Server, per CPU-Socket, per User, and per Instance basis.

BDRSuite also offers different editions (Enterprise/Standard/Free) which businesses can choose from based on their requirements.

BDRSuite Features

Data Center Backup Features

  • Supported: Universal recovery
  • Supported: Instant recovery
  • Supported: Recovery verification
  • Supported: Business application protection
  • Supported: Multiple backup destinations
  • Supported: Incremental backup identification
  • Supported: Backup to the cloud
  • Supported: Deduplication and file compression
  • Supported: Snapshots
  • Supported: Flexible deployment
  • Supported: Management dashboard
  • Supported: Platform support
  • Supported: Retention options
  • Supported: Encryption

BDRSuite Screenshots

Screenshot of EncryptionScreenshot of SchedulingScreenshot of vm selectionScreenshot of RetentionScreenshot of Multiple Recovery

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BDRSuite - Delivering unified data protection for diverse IT infrastructure

BDRSuite Technical Details

Deployment TypesOn-premise, Software as a Service (SaaS), Cloud, or Web-Based
Operating SystemsWindows, Linux
Mobile ApplicationNo

Frequently Asked Questions

Vembu BDR Suite is a universal backup solution catering to the backup, recovery, and disaster recovery needs of diverse IT environments. It is also optimized for service providers who deliver BaaS and DRaaS to their customers.

BDRSuite starts at $6.

Veeam Backup & Replication, Veritas Backup Exec, and Datto SIRIS are common alternatives for BDRSuite.

Reviewers rate Encryption highest, with a score of 9.2.

The most common users of BDRSuite are from Small Businesses (1-50 employees).
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Reviews

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December 17, 2021

My Vembu BDR Suite Review

Score 6 out of 10
Vetted Review
Reseller
We use Vembu BDR Suite to backup physical servers, HyperV VMs, and workstation in a combination of the full image and file backups. We also install and manage Vembu for a number of our clients. It is a comprehensive package but has a bit of a learning curve to understand and use. A key element is the ability to boot and image backup as a VM for disaster recovery and to add a level of ransomware recovery. Recovery of individual files is fairly simple but would like to have the facility at the client level so users could restore files from backup without IT intervention. The granular recovery of SQL data is essential and supported. Vembu offers a free version that allows potential users to become familiar with the product before opting for the paid features. During the trial period, all features are available. For many small businesses and Sole Proprietors, the Free version was sufficient but now has a limitation of 10 endpoint backups which has reduced the enthusiasm. One issue we have is that the combination of Postgresql and Vembu components can make the server fragile to run in production.
  • VM and Physical machine backup - Boot as VM for DR recovery
  • Granular restore
  • Image backup client implementation now done from the server console. Do not have to go to the client workstation to run the installation.
  • DR backup to an off-site system
  • Recovery boot tool needs to be USB. At this time it requires a CD/DVD to be created. A clean bootable USB image file should be made available for download.
  • Access to all downloads from Vembu main download page. Should not have to install Vembu to gain access to client installers.
  • File backup fails if a file is in use such as Outlook.pst file. This is problematic for users that have Outlook permanently open. Backup reports show as failed, partial. This is essential to address as we have to do full image backups at a cost to backup storage space when it is not essential.
  • As an IT integrator, we need products that offer a recurring income to build a viable revenue stream. Vembu only offers a commission on the initial purchase of a subscription. Subsequent renewals do no qualify. This factor means that we are not incentivized to really recommend Vembu when other equally good backup solutions are available with long term commission plans.
Vembu suits DR requirements but needs constant monitoring and management. Linux-based clients will find the Linux implementation more difficult. A configured Linux VM appliance for download would be preferred.
Not suited to small business without experienced IT support. A small business will often use a Win 10 workstation to run the backups as Windows server can be out of the budget. This configuration has issues with drive limitations Vembu tends to be more problematic.
Data Center Backup (12)
77.5%
7.8
Universal recovery
100%
10.0
Instant recovery
70%
7.0
Recovery verification
100%
10.0
Multiple backup destinations
60%
6.0
Incremental backup identification
90%
9.0
Deduplication and file compression
80%
8.0
Snapshots
70%
7.0
Flexible deployment
60%
6.0
Management dashboard
40%
4.0
Platform support
70%
7.0
Retention options
90%
9.0
Encryption
100%
10.0
  • Positive to meet DR requirements
  • Better insurance rates if DR issues are met
The most important factors for us are disaster recovery and a guarantee that backups are recoverable. Test restores and sandboxing are essential.
Recurring margin income for IT Service providers is essential and the current Vembu model fails to address the requirement. Being able to build up an increasing recurring revenue stream allows for better support and technical skill to be available to support the product.
Only have experience with VM and physical.
Altaro - Only VM backups, not physical. We use it in conjunction with Vembu. Veeam - Too expensive and bad reports about managing licenses on the forums.
Nakivo used in conjunction with Vembu. An excellent product and well priced. Nakivo has a full set of features for Physical and VM backups but Vembu is better at granular backup and restore options..
The restore via CD is a sticking point. Most systems no longer have optical media. Bootable USB is a must. The interface has improved with new releases. Backups are easy to set up. Reporting is good.
NAKIVO Backup & Replication, Altaro
2
Question is unclear. 2 users manage Vembu. All users are backed up with Vembu.
2
General IT skills are all that is needed.
  • Regular backup of key database systems
  • Daily user data or images backups
  • Disaster Recovery
  • Domain controller backups
  • N/A
  • N/A
  • N/A
  • N/A
  • N/A
  • N/A
Will probably renew but considering alternatives.
Yes
Altaro and Windows Backup.
Limitations with Altaro and unreliability of built in Windows Backup. We needed an application that backed up physical servers, VM's on Hyper-V and Windows workstations.
  • Price
  • Product Features
  • Product Usability
Product usability and stability. Had to be sure that recovery was always feasible and fast.
Would expand to more products but evaluation would remain the same.
No. Expensive in our currency
Most support issues have been resolved.
No
No. All support has been normal
  • Setting up file backups is easy
  • Image backups of client devices can be cumbersome
  • The forced reboot when loading the agent is an issue
  • The web interface is slow to use and on a low resolution remote session part of the screen is hidden.
  • The need to ensure the server license reports to Vembu is irritating.
  • Performance is an issue
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
  • The product works and takes backups fairly easy
  • Simple and quick to install and configure
  • Once configured, it doesn't require much maintenance
  • Generally a simple interface
  • 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.
From my experience, Vembu BDR is well suited for environments where a quick, simple backup solution is needed. It's fairly easy to setup and administer, and you can get up to speed quickly. If you have a complex infrastructure with various technologies and tools, say SharePoint Server, Exchange, System Center and Other Microsoft Products, you might have some issues/limitations with restores in some of these products. If you need a free backup product, Vembu offers a Free Edition as well, and its features are compelling when compared to other competitors. Also, the lack of SQL Server support as a configuration database option might be a problem for companies with certain compliance requirements.
Data Center Backup (14)
82.85714285714286%
8.3
Universal recovery
100%
10.0
Instant recovery
100%
10.0
Recovery verification
100%
10.0
Business application protection
70%
7.0
Multiple backup destinations
90%
9.0
Incremental backup identification
90%
9.0
Backup to the cloud
90%
9.0
Deduplication and file compression
90%
9.0
Snapshots
100%
10.0
Flexible deployment
50%
5.0
Management dashboard
60%
6.0
Platform support
80%
8.0
Retention options
70%
7.0
Encryption
70%
7.0
  • The product price and availability of a free edition is excellent with the offered features.
  • Reliability, probably the most important factor. The solution runs and works in the long run, making your investment worthwhile.
  • Restores are generally fast, a critical factor in backup solutions.
In these difficult times, the cost is a very important factor, and an investment in any product goes through a long decision-making process. In our experience, being able to test the product first was key to decide if it fits our needs or not. After our testing phase, we found that the features we were looking for are all there and fits our business needs, the cost vs. benefit factor was the most important factor.
We have a fairly complex environment with various virtualized and physical workloads, although cloud instances are not part of our setup, backup the cloud was, and it worked without any issues. Something to note here, being future-proof is a good thing, and Vembu won't be an issue for us should we decide to onboard any cloud/SaaS service. Its support for various cloud providers is noteworthy, and that is something we really appreciate.
We considered Veeam Backup and Replication suite before going through with Vembu BDR. What we found is that Vembu covered all of the features we needed for much less cost. Our focus was on virtualized workloads and Vembu does that perfectly well, the cost savings were big for the value.
We are generally satisfied with Vembu. The product works well and its features are competitive. However, we believe that there is room for improvement: there are certain minor limitations in backup operations, and the reporting capabilities can be greatly improved. Additionally, dependability on a purely web interface can be difficult in certain scenarios. Overall, the product works well and will mature more in the future to include more capabilities and features.
2
IT Operations
2
IT Administrators/Engineers
Skills in IT Infrastructure services and technologies is surely required
  • Disaster Recovery
  • VM Replication
  • Daily Backup Operations
  • We have a backup repo onsite and we also use WAN Links to export backups to another site using Vembu
  • Replicating VMs to other sites
  • Cloud Instances Backups
  • On-Premises Backup to Cloud
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.
No
  • Price
  • Product Features
  • Product Usability
The most important factor was the value for the price paid. this is normally something that others lack behind in comparison to Vembu BDR, and that is probably why I would recommend it to others, the value provided outweighs the cost of the product, making it a go-for choice for organizations looking to cut cost and get fast ROI
I would probably compare and test more products, In our test we compared with only one product, but i think that our decision was eventually proper and correct.
I would however, consider bigger/wider range of features, not that Vembu BDR doesn't provide what we need, but in terms of being future proof, i would widen the range of features i am considering in the product.
  • Implemented in-house
No
  • Lack of support for MS SQL Server as a configuration DB for the deployment
  • Forced use of PostgreSQL which was not preferred by the organization
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
I contacted the support once, it was fairly good, no issues experienced.
No
Didn't need an exceptional support, I needed standard support and it was fairly provided by Vembu Team.
  • Installation
  • Initial Backup Operations
  • Restore Process
  • Web Management Interface isn't something I always prefer
  • Extracting Backup Files If the Vembu Installation Fails (In case of a major disaster)
March 09, 2018

Vembu so-so

Score 4 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We use the NetworkImage, ImageBackup, and VMBackup products associated with VembuBDR to backup our main production servers and Hyper-V hosts.
  • Scheduling backups
  • Backup pruning
  • Integration with Hyper-v
  • Stability. Our VMBackup product on Windows 2012 keeps crashing the Hyper-V Management Service and then failing.
  • Upgrade process. Going from 3.5 to 3.8 was paiiinful.
  • Support process. Getting support has often required many days of support personnel being continuous connected to our production server via TeamViewer.
I only know we've had issues in our usage scenario. I would recommend never upgrading the product - always remove the old and install new. The Hyper-V backup is stable on Windows 2016 but has issues on Windows 2012. We don't run it on 2012 R2.
Data Center Backup (14)
45.71428571428571%
4.6
Universal recovery
80%
8.0
Instant recovery
70%
7.0
Recovery verification
80%
8.0
Business application protection
N/A
N/A
Multiple backup destinations
N/A
N/A
Incremental backup identification
70%
7.0
Backup to the cloud
N/A
N/A
Deduplication and file compression
40%
4.0
Snapshots
N/A
N/A
Flexible deployment
60%
6.0
Management dashboard
40%
4.0
Platform support
50%
5.0
Retention options
70%
7.0
Encryption
80%
8.0
  • When working and stable it is "set and forget" so that reduces time to maintain.
  • Flexibility on number of backups to retain and additional full backups to make have allowed NAS storage management and avoided significant additional storage purchases.
  • When the product is unstable, as our 2012 VM backup is, it costs us time monitoring and restarting services or servers and dealing with Vembu support who have directed us to Microsoft for VSS support although the product worked fine on the platform prior to upgrade, and no additional software has been installed since.
Reasonable price for a complete solution to Share, Drive, and VM backups. Relatively simple to use once installed, if it is stable. Relatively easy restores.
Yes, we backup physical drives, network shares, and Hyper-V virtual machines with the product.
I do not believe we were aware of this file system. I'm not sure how we would benefit from its use.
Easy setup of backups although the available selections are not well explained within the product. Restoring is also not as intuitive as it could be. Reporting seems adequate but often reports things like "backup failed because backup is in progress" without telling you what backup was actually in progress and without giving any hints as to how to fix the issue.
  • windows backup and backupexec
Beats Windows backup hands down - but that's not hard. Beats BackupExec on ease of use.

2
IT Director, IT Manager
2
The same people who use it, support it. We were a small IT department when we bought Vembu.
  • Virtual Machines
  • Local Drives
  • Network Shares
  • Nothing comes to mind
  • Virtual machine cloning based on a "before recent update" need.
Stability is an issue on Windows 2012 and the upgrade process was painful
No
  • Price
  • Product Features
  • Prior Experience with the Product
A colleague had used the product an recommended it as a cost-effective solution.
I would seek out more 3rd part reviews. A single person's experience in a dissimilar environment wasn't really enough to go on.
  • Implemented in-house
No
Change management was minimal
Since we did not have an enterprise backup solution prior to implementing Vembu we did not need a lot of change control.
  • No issues, really.
Not really.
No
Available support seems adequate. Not sure premium would be worth the money although I don't know what it would cost.
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.
Yes
Several interface bugs were reported. Often the suggestion was "switch browser", "start in private browsing", or "clear cache." However, these did not fix the problem and just wasted time. Also, installing some driver component caused an immediate server reboot without warning - not cool in a production environment.
Not really. I sensed they were usually committed to finding a solution but it has often taken days.
  • Set and forget backups, and deduplication (retention) are easy to configure.
  • Determining backup failure reasons was not very easy
  • Doing an immediate backup was difficult
  • Changing backup options was challenging
No
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