Vembu BDR - freshening VMs backup scene
August 27, 2019

Vembu BDR - freshening VMs backup scene

Paolo Aglialoro | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review

Overall Satisfaction with Vembu BDR Suite

Because the web interface cuts most of the crap typical of backup software, still allowing for a certain degree of choice
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 :(((((
  • Making customer save money over other more pricey licences
  • Simplifying management and deployment
  • Created "non-standard" problems with replicas (but thank God the outstanding customer support has always helped the way through)
Ability to work just with one ESXi node and its architecture (web+postgres) with lower cost license
We just use virtual and see no reason to run physical nowadays but for appliances and clients
Actually I haven't yet uderstood how it works, but I just care for successful restores and replicas
Vembu is cheaper and less complicated, with lower HW requirements which means it more apt for my customers who are mainly small and medium business.
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

BDRSuite Feature Ratings

Universal recovery
Instant recovery
Recovery verification
Business application protection
Multiple backup destinations
Incremental backup identification
Deduplication and file compression
Flexible deployment
Management dashboard
Platform support
Retention options