Vembu BDR Suite Review

Provides us with cost-effective VM backup


What is our primary use case?

We have a multi-tenant environment with multi-cloud, but we are only using this for our local data center backups. This is a small setup with around 50 to 60 VMs.

How has it helped my organization?

We are able to back up our local virtual machines. Without backup we could end up in very critical situations.

What is most valuable?

It backs up our virtual machines with the CBT, Changed Block Tracking. This is a common feature. We don't have a complex hierarchy here because we have a local data center with minimal use. 

The compression ratio is fine and the deduplication is as well. We are not using the encryption feature yet, as we only deployed it recently. We may use it later on.

What needs improvement?

The reports are at a basic level and there is room for improvement there. It only has historical reports and VM backup job-level reports.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using BDR Suite for about three or four months.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The stability is okay, it's running fine. Up to now we haven't had any negative issues.

How are customer service and technical support?

Technical support is good. Whenever I raise a ticket they reply in a timely fashion.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Our basic goal is the backup of our infrastructure. We chose this platform because it's cost-effective.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is very straightforward. The solution is very easy. It's not a complex one where we need to follow detailed diagrams. I installed and tested everything and it's running fine now.

Initially, I had some issues but I fixed them myself. When I deployed this tool it was having issues with some virtual machines, specifically with Windows 2019. Fortunately, I was able to fix that issue by updating the Windows version to the latest software.

The whole setup took one or two days, including the installation and configuration of servers. 

Fixing the issue I mentioned took some days because I need to update the servers. Otherwise, the overall deployment did not take a long time.

In terms of a deployment plan, before deployment I considered my whole environment and then I started the deployment. Our IT team is just three or four people and I did it myself.

What about the implementation team?

I didn't need too much help for Vembu, other than for licensing. They helped me on the licensing purchase.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The pricing is very good compared to Veeam. Veeam is very well-known software for backup and replication, and comparing Vembu to that, from the financial aspect, Vembu is very good.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I deployed Veeam and it worked very well, but the problem was that its price was very high. As a result, I searched for another solution and found Vembu. I deployed it and we have been happy with it. For us, the major difference was the pricing.

What other advice do I have?

Our environment is at a very basic level. We don't have multi-level vCenters or cloud. Vembu BDR Suite is working fine for us. Right now we have only three hosts with virtual machines and it's okay for us. 

Overall, this suite is very good. It has features which we use like a backup proxy and test processing. It delivers an enterprise-level data protection solution and helps us reduce our budget. It's cost-effective.

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author avatarBhavaniShanmugam (Vembu Technologies)
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Thank you for your feedback.


We are currently working on improving the reports and will be available in our next release - Vembu BDR Suite v5.0 scheduled in December 2020.


For further updates, please get in touch with our team through vembu-support@vembu.com.