Vembu BDR Suite Alternatives and Competitors

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Reviewer93746
Owner at a consultancy with 1-10 employees
Real User
Feb 3, 2020
Having the ability to back up and restore, without having to remember all the options I had installed, gives me peace of mind

What is our primary use case?

I'm using the backup from Vembu for my home lab where I have ESXi. I'm backing up VMware servers. That's all I use it for. I have Oracle Databases running in these VM machines and I do testing, patches, upgrades, etc. I want to be able to back them up and, if need be, restore them so that I don't have to rebuild them. I'm running it in a Windows Server in a VM machine. I have ESXi 6.7 running on a Dell PowerEdge R720 and I have a Windows 10 VM running in that. And in that I have the Vembu BDR running as my backup server.

Pros and Cons

  • "It helps me with restores. I can repeat a test multiple times: Do the test, the restore, and then test again. It saves me time because I don't have to rebuild the VMs every time."

    What other advice do I have?

    Make sure you plan out your backup server for the long-term. When I did this I moved my backup server. When I moved it from one machine to another machine and the IP address changed, there were some headaches. I had to get the knowledge documents and I had to get tech support involved to help me outside of the knowledge document. So try to plan out, for as long as you can plan out, that this is the server, it isn't changing, etc. It has worked as expected. It's straightforward for backing up and it's straightforward for doing the restores. Other than the navigation and what buttons to push…
    Assad Ali
    Owner at Ali Network Solutions
    Real User
    Top 5
    Jan 26, 2020
    Reduces downtime when VMs drop off

    What is our primary use case?

    I've actively been using the Vembu product for backups. It is being used to back up the Hyper-V environment that I have. If the hypervisor has hardware problems, e.g., all the storage dies, you can run up a new Hyper-V server, then restore the VMs onto it. It doesn't take that long. So, you are up and running within several hours of restoring it. Also, you can restore individual files. Therefore, it's a full VM-based image backup as well as a file level backup, if you want to restore the files that way. There is also an option to restore AD users, computers, and contacts, in addition to… more »

    Pros and Cons

    • "I am able to run Vembu on Windows NAS, which is beneficial. It does install on a Windows-based NAS. You can have the server running from the location where you are storing backups. You don't need a separate server for it in this case."
    • "There was one issue though with the hardware IDs. When I went to a different version of Hyper-V, the hardware IDs weren't restored and the machine got two new IDs. The preliminary unique IDs weren't restored, so I had to reactivate programs."

    What other advice do I have?

    I have learned just how important backups are. My advice would be try and implement it on virtual environments. Don't implement it on a physical environment because the licensing costs would be much higher. You will have less options for recovering VMs. It would be wise to have a cluster. Also, the BDR server should be well spec'd. You can run on the minimum spec, but it is recommended that it has some definite amounts of RAM on it. I am planning to use Vembu to work in VMware, but I have not done that yet. After I pick up some customers, I might try to push it out to them in their VMware…
    Forrest Wu
    Sr. Specialist, IT at WWF-Canada
    Real User
    Top 5
    Feb 25, 2020
    Improved our business continuity; it has helped us recover from a few incidences

    What is our primary use case?

    We use it to backup VMware virtual machines, so I'm backing up my VMware environment. My product is for Windows Server Backup. We are a small business. We don't use the enterprise version of the solution.

    Pros and Cons

    • "It has improved our business continuity."
    • "The support is a bit slow in resolving an issue. It takes a long time to recover."

    What other advice do I have?

    I would definitely recommend Vembu. We have been mostly satisfied with the solution. We plan to keep using it. Overall, I would rate the product as a nine (out of 10).
    Ben Grant
    Lead Computer Technician
    Real User
    Top 5
    Mar 18, 2020
    Doesn't show you the last successfully backup. We can back up our servers without having to install a client.

    What is our primary use case?

    We use it to back up ESXi clients, so mainly Linux based or Unix based servers on our ESXi host. We use the solution to back up our virtual environments (VMware). It has been good for our organization so far.

    Pros and Cons

    • "It makes it possible for us to back up our Unix machines without installing a host, client, or any client software. It gives us some peace of mind in regards to those servers getting backed up."
    • "Vembu will tell you the next scheduled backup, but it doesn't show you the last successful backup. I would have them include a column under "List of Backup Jobs" and have two other columns which say, "Last Successful Backup" and "Next Scheduled Backup", because you don't know now if it's backed up successfully. It just says, "The next scheduled time is this." You don't know from looking at that pane of glass when the last time it actually happened without digging further into reports."

    What other advice do I have?

    This is a good product to choose if you are in the same situation as we are in. It does do compression and that works fine. We don't use Hyper-V. I would give it a five out of 10, because I think that it could use some polishing on the interface for the client.
    reviewer1329195
    IT Consultant at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
    Consultant
    Top 5
    Apr 16, 2020
    Saves time by deduplicating a machine automatically. The explanation for the licensing needs improvement in the documentation.

    What is our primary use case?

    The primary use case is to be able to back up data outside of on-premise with the ability to restore as fast as possible. We also use Vembu NetworkBackup to selectively back up files on the file share along with our virtual machines. It gives us more control over what we can backup and restore, especially in the files.

    Pros and Cons

    • "If we do a backup of a machine at some point and the server crashes, then we can restore this machine to a different server with the same settings and setup. We will just have to tweak one or two things, like the IP. Then, it is ready to go."
    • "One thing that I reported with the backups: When there are accentuated characters in a path, then we can't restore documents into a folder. There is a bug with the restoration and restoring files with accentuated characters in the path. Hopefully, they have repaired this because otherwise we will restore files and find out that they are not there."

    What other advice do I have?

    Make sure you have a clear view of your architecture and how you will be implementing it. Decide upfront which site will receive the backup and which site will do the deduplication of the backup's redundancy. As mentioned, I started to do some backups on the second office site and wanted to move the backups on to third site for disaster recovery, but I figured out that it would be better to install the backup server on the third site and the deduplication on the second site. However, just exchanging their roles was not that easy because I was missing licensing and backups were already running…
    WaqarAzeem
    IT Manager at Kuwait Medical International
    Real User
    Top 5
    Apr 30, 2020
    Adding a new server to a foreign location is easy, but the application stability needs improvement

    What is our primary use case?

    Our primary use case is for VM backups. We were using an older version and just upgraded two weeks ago.

    Pros and Cons

    • "The scalability is good. It can scale. Adding a new server to a foreign location is easy."
    • "There are bugs. For one month, I encountered a big issue where my storage pool could not be identified. My backups were stopped because they were not able to locate the storage pool. So, I removed the settings and started the backups again. The application is not stable. It needs some debugging and testing on the build side of production."

    What other advice do I have?

    Right now, we are satisfied with Vembu's operational performance and requirements. It is just a simple backup solution where we can backup all of our VMs. Vembu allows you to implement a variety of different requirements. I would rate the product as a six (out of 10). It needs some more work to be done in regards to product stability and functionality.
    reviewer1343418
    InfoSec Manager at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
    Real User
    Top 5
    May 10, 2020
    Provides us with the ability to back up Red Hat Virtualization, but that ability is not native

    What is our primary use case?

    We were looking for a backup for Red Hat Virtualization. We don't need any advanced features from a backup solution yet. We don't have VMware or Hyper-V, we only have Red Hat Virtualization. We are a service provider and we have many customers but we are only using this solution for one of our customers. They have a small environment with four servers.

    Pros and Cons

    • "It was very difficult to find a product that supports Red Hat Virtualization natively and to take a snapshot of the VM or a full backup or a dump from the machine. The option that Vembu proposed, to take the machine as an image, take it from the system, is also good."
    • "They said they can support Red Hat Virtualization and we assumed that they support any compatible system but we found we need to do a network backup or a network image, which is not what it said on their website. I have had many discussions with them about where this component is. Initially, I was searching for a component which would back up Red Hat Virtualization. They said they support this in the same way they support Hyper-V and VMware. I haven't found the feature in their portal or in any of their software. They haven't made a special agent for it, in the way they did for Hyper-V."

    What other advice do I have?

    I can recommend Vembu for those who need just file backup. It's a straightforward solution. It was easy to install and deploy for many machines, taking backups from files and servers in the same way. They offer 10 GB for cloud that you can use for free. We haven't tested its compression, encryption, or deduplication features yet. So far, just our system admin is using and maintaining the solution.
    Vijay Varma
    System Engineer at ISB
    Real User
    Aug 25, 2020
    A cost-effective backup that needs to improve by allowing for simultaneous monthly and weekly backup jobs

    What is our primary use case?

    Our daily scheduled backups are only with Vembu. We are using the disk based solution only. We are a business school.

    Pros and Cons

    • "Because all our servers are hosted on VMware, the VMware backup is the most valuable feature. The integration and backup with VMware are very good."
    • "There are some limitation in Vembu that can be improved. When you take the backup from any server, the full incremental backup is limited. For example, if you run a weekly full backup and monthly backup, they cannot be run at the same time. I should not have to create a new job, but in this scenario, I am creating two jobs. The limitation is created because if I select monthly backup, then I cannot select weekly backup."

    What other advice do I have?

    We are not using the deduplication feature. I am not 100 percent sure how the deduplication works on Vembu. I would rate this solution as a seven out of 10. The product is good, but they need to resolve the multiple policies issue that is currently restricting us on the server.
    Dimitar Staykov
    Senior Full Stack JavaScript Developer at a hospitality company with 1,001-5,000 employees
    Real User
    Sep 2, 2020
    Encrypts traffic when transferring it to its destination

    What is our primary use case?

    Currently, we use Vembu for weekly backups of our virtual infrastructure and monthly backups for separate, confidential data. We use it only with VMware.

    Pros and Cons

    • "There is an option to back up a specific folder from a specific source, not the whole virtual machine."
    • "They can work on their cloud solution. In these days, the data becomes too much and you have to back up a lot of data to the site. They could offer cheaper storage to their clients with the cloud, making this a single source of truth solution. In our project, we are using two service providers: One who offers our storage and another who offers the software. If they work on their cloud solution and can offer their clients lower prices for this type of storage, this would be a really good improvement."

    What other advice do I have?

    The software is currently satisfying our needs for us. We aren't using all of Vembu features at the moment. We use data reservation in our offsite data backup. It is compatible with almost everything that exists on the market. It's compatible with VMware and Hyper-V. With VMware, it works very well. We haven't had any issues so far. I would advise to try it and not to look at the prices of the top players on the market, though do look at alternative software. Sometimes, you need to try more than one or two solutions, then switch to whichever one is better. Pretty often, we speak to some not-so…
    Shakeel Ahmed
    IT Infrastructure Team Lead at a government with 201-500 employees
    Real User
    Sep 1, 2020
    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.

    Pros and Cons

    • "It backs up our virtual machines with the CBT, Changed Block Tracking."
    • "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."

    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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