Vembu BDR Free Edition
October 15, 2020

Vembu BDR Free Edition

Pantelis Verginadis | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 3 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Overall Satisfaction with Vembu BDR Suite

As mentioned before, the issues with the management of the backup volume don't allow me to really recommend this product wholeheartedly.
Our organization is small, so Vembu BDR was used to back up all our server infrastructure but it was also used to back up some demo infrastructure that we used for product demonstration and training. Our infrastructure was all virtual using VMware's Vsphere. The main purpose was for backup and replication to recover in case we lost complete VMs or we needed to recover data that was lost from within a VM.

My main issue with Vembu and the reason why I wouldn't recommend it is because the way it manages the backup volume is complicated and difficult to use. In my case the backup volume was on a shared drive on our storage unit and at some point due to some issues unrelated to Vembu, it lost access to the volume; once remounted we could not use that volume any more and had to create a new one thereby having to redo all the backups.

There are other solutions, equally good that don't have such complications.
  • It is generally easy and straightforward to use
  • The performance was adequate
  • Management of the backup volumes
  • GUI interface
  • The positive impact is that it gives us peace of mind that our data is backed up.
  • The negative impact is the time consumed when we faced issues with the backup volume.
We didn't purchase Vembu BDR, we used the free version; Veeam was not available any longer as a free product which is why we used Vembu.
The multi-environment support was not important for us as we only had the virtual infrastructure.
We tried with Veeam but the free version had been discontinued.
I would only recommend Vembu BDR if there was a problem with other solutions such as Veeam Backup & Replication. On its own, it's not a bad solution but the backup volume system is not very good.

BDRSuite Feature Ratings

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