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The most important features are the backup and the availability of the Universal Explorer. The in-transit compression is great.
The agentless backups are the big selling point on this, as well as being able to send out across sites so that I can do a restore at either of our two locations.
We are now using it 24/7 because it is serving as an online backup, and very soon, the DR will activated on the product.
We invest in the backup so the continuity of the data is not affected.
I can choose a point in time and issue the command to back up and I don't need to go in and restore the last full backup and then apply iteratively, sequentially, all the incrementals... I can pick a point in time and tell it I want to go to that state and it's transparent to me. It happens in the background for me.
The most important feature is that it performs disaster backups. That's the only reason why we use it, and it's going well so far. It's the only feature we need.
We use it to maintain critical data and save it.
It suits our needs, is versatile, and the functionality is there.
Combined with RecoverPoint, it offers zero RPO and zero RTO.
It made the DR process a lot faster and easier for recovery after we were familiar with the product operation.
Testing failover capabilities.
Virtual Machine Recovery during DR situation, with automation and easy to use menus and options.
The deduplication could be better. It doesn't give the level of deduplication that I would get with a product that's stored in a more standard file format. I would prefer to be able to use a non-deduplicated store on a third-party deduplicated medium.
The only place where I would really want to see improvement, out the gate, is more granular scheduling... If I want to do an offset or to only do two backups on Friday and Saturday - versus whole hourly incrementals during the week - I don't have that granularity right now.
We are still exploring its features, but we want to see more features that we desire over time.
In the beginning, when we had some hiccups, I would chalk that up more to a learning curve for the product.
One thing we have noticed is that we get various error messages in the Vembu console, but sometimes we, as the user, cannot remove those error messages. I have to chat with support and they have to log in to remove them.
We had a lot of problems getting it configured in the first place. They also wanted us to allow them remote access to our machines without us watching what they're doing, which is a huge security risk for us. We said we couldn't do that, and they said they don't offer any phone support whatsoever.
I would like to have a different set of products instead of having a single software which does everything.
It is not a well-known software. People do not know about Vembu.
I would like to see better integration with other storage solutions. I would hope to see that within the next two or three years.
One thing which is lacking from the SRM is reporting.
SRM may hit some OS issues related to IP changes, but they are usually OS related, especially in the 2008 realm.
Flexibility to choose different PITs would be nice.
In my view, if VMware comes up with an appliance-based solution like vCenter Server (which was also Windows-based), it will be much easier for deployment. I
Pricing and Cost Advice
The pricing and licensing structure are spot on. I don't think there's anything out there in the market that does either the licensing structure or the pricing structure better.
The subscription model that we're signed up for is very good. The only thing that is something of a sticking point is the fact that you can't do PO-based licensing. It's all just credit card.
The pricing could have been cheaper.
It helps us deliver an enterprise-level data protection solution and reduce budgets at a price that - and we don't want to encourage them to change their pricing - is a great value.
In terms of pricing, if we compare Vembu to other products that have the same functionality, those other products are a few steps higher on the pricing scale... I believe the difference between Vembu and Veeam - the biggest competitor - was $1,000 or $1,500.
For someone who doesn't want the Application-Aware feature to work, everything else is up to par. The licensing is straightforward. They license it per CPU.
One thing to note is that when you configure which virtual machine you're going to back up, if it's on one physical machine, they license it there. If it automatically fails over to a second machine, the license doesn't automatically move over with it. If they could make that a little more streamlined, that would be an improvement.
I do remember that the pricing was based on a VMware or Hyper-V license, whereas on our end, it should be regarded as a VM-based license. I don't know why they make a difference at the Vembu level. We are currently on VMware migrating to Hyper-V, and we didn't want to buy licenses for VMware, but still have to buy them for Hyper-V. This the only thing which does not seem fully adequate.
Licensing costs explode after 75 VMs.
Compare to hardware-based replication, I think software based replication is best and cheap.
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|VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager|
Vembu BDR Suite is one of the most comprehensive, simple and affordable backup & disaster recovery solutions for the small & medium businesses. 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 are done within a single UI.
Vembu offers a wide variety of products such as a monitoring solution to centralize the monitoring of all of your backups as well as some which are absolutely free such as Desktop/Laptop Image Backup and the Vembu Universal Explorer for discovering application items within Microsoft apps. It is important to note that Vembu BDR Suite is offered as a single edition software for all businesses, unlike other backup vendors who provide editions with limitations based on the type of businesses.
Vembu has come up with its own free edition of Vembu BDR Suite by which users can backup unlimited VMs with minimal feature restrictions.
|VMware Site Recovery Manager is the industry-leading solution to enable application availability and mobility across sites in private cloud environments. Site Recovery Manager allows: Fast and reliable IT disaster recovery, simple and policy-based management, zero-downtime application mobility, and up to 50% lower TCO.|
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