Vembu BDR Suite Alternatives and Competitors

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Richard Voorheis
Real User
User at a tech vendor with 5,001-10,000 employees
Jul 30 2018

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features are ease of setup and configuration.

How has it helped my organization?

Fortunately, we have not had to recover lost data. However, it is reassuring to know that we can recover lost data, if needed.

What needs improvement?

I have not been impressed by the data compression of the backup images. They seem to take up nearly as much space on the backup drive as they do on the server.

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

We were able to take advantage of a promotional pricing campaign. I do not know how often Vembu offers the promotional pricing campaign, but it can be cost advantageous.

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

We did not previously use a different solution. Vembu was selected after reviewing, then trying several different products.

What other advice do I have?

Verify that you can restore a virtual machine (VM) from its backup and ensure the notification of backup results (success or fail) is readily available.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

In addition to Vembu, we evaluated Veeam, Unitrends, and Virten as alternative solutions.
Stuart Conner
Real User
User at a healthcare company with 51-200 employees
Nov 01 2018

What is most valuable?

The most important feature, in terms of the hypervisor, is the ability to restore a virtual machine in a matter of minutes. We can take the backup of a virtual machine and we can restore it to the… more»

How has it helped my organization?

Overall, it's unattended, so we don't have to manage it. Once it's set up, we get notifications of a failed or successful backup every night, or for whatever schedule we have it set on. We've had a… more»

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

The product's pricing is of good value. It was much more affordable than the alternative solution to it, which was Veeam. That would be the closest competitor, and between those two, Vembu was much… more»

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

We bounced around between file-based backups with CrashPlan and we also used the Veeam physical server backup, the free edition. And we dabbled with the Veeam hypervisor backup as well. The main… more»

What other advice do I have?

Plan accordingly. Know exactly what you're backing up, not even considering the licenses - the licenses are the easy part. Just know what you're backing up and what you're going to need to restore in… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

One that we evaluated was the Veeam Backup software solution. That's very popular for virtual machines, specifically, hypervisors, Hyper-V and VMware. In that box, there's a one-footer. We evaluated… more»
Real User
User with 11-50 employees
Oct 29 2018

What is most valuable?

The most important feature is the Restore, to be able to restore in a disaster recovery situation.

How has it helped my organization?

If we have any issues with servers having been corrupted or damaged, we are able to restore our backups. We are also able to store our backups offsite, in case of fire… more»

What needs improvement?

If the English accent of the support agents was a little better, so that we, as the users, could understand it better, that would be nice. It's very hard to understand the… more»

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

The pricing is good.

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

I purchased Veeam but my local reseller sold me only a minimal number of licenses and I was not told that I needed to purchase many licenses. So it was not cost-effective… more»

What other advice do I have?

Test it first. Make sure it works in your environment. But I will also say that it's an immediate investment that needs to be done. We aren't using the compression or… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Veeam was one of the options we looked at.
Reseller
User at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Oct 24 2018

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the Hyper-V backup - it's just one click. I don't have to worry about it.

How has it helped my organization?

The way it improves our organization is that we haven't worried about looking at backups in about a year or so, it's just been running on its own. It also delivers an… more»

What needs improvement?

There's a feature that does syncing with AWS Cloud backup online. It's not that straightforward to get it set up.

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

I prefer the way Vembu is licensed. When you look at Veeam or any other product, they price per node. Vembu is licensed per host. You just buy a host license and it backs… more»

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

We previously used Veeam. Vembu is much cheaper than the competitor, than the Veeam suite. That's why we went with it.

What other advice do I have?

Look at the options out there. If you're looking for a cheaper solution go with this. If you're looking for more features and integrations with other solutions, then you… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated Veeam, Comet, and Windows' built-in backup.
Hasni Guetaff
Real User
User at a wholesaler/distributor with 201-500 employees
Nov 01 2018

What is most valuable?

* It is easy to use. * It is simple to deploy and maintain.

How has it helped my organization?

We use it to maintain critical data and save it. It suits our needs, is versatile, and the functionality is there.

What needs improvement?

Vembu is presented more like a multi-platform tool, where you have paper features, VMware, and Hyper-V. I would like to have a different set of products instead of having… more»

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

The licencing and pricing are good; it's a no-brainer. It is affordable. It has value with respect to the features included in the software. There is a drawback in the… more»

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

We were relying on Microsoft Backups, which are just basic backups. We were trying to find something simple to use and easy to deploy, and that is why did proof of concept… more»

What other advice do I have?

Go ahead and use it.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We previously used Microsoft Backup, which is not reliable. I have a lot of experience with Symantec Backup solutions, now Veritas. Compared to Veritas, Vembu is more… more»
Erik Van Der Plaat
Real User
User at Peelland ICT
Mar 07 2019

What is most valuable?

The most important feature is that it performs disaster backups. That's the only reason we use it, and it's going well so far. It's the only feature we need. It has a lot… more»

How has it helped my organization?

We have eight customers who are running their entire virtualized servers on our cloud platform. We use the Vembu software to create a disaster backup of all those servers… more»

What needs improvement?

It's hard to say what can be improved since we only use one specific feature of the backup software, and we haven't even looked at or used the other functionalities. We've… more»

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

From my perspective as an engineer, I appreciate the support of Vembu's people, they think along with us. They came up with the possibility of converting our existing… more»

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

The main selling point for us to try Vembu software was its pricing. We had no experience with it before, we just found it using Google, searching for products that could… more»

What other advice do I have?

The best advice I can give is to give it a shot. You can get a trial license of Vembu and experiment with the software. Try it out to see if it's something that fits the… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We looked at Veeam, since that is the most known backup product. But it's in a completely different price range than Vembu, so that's why we decided to give Vembu a shot… more»
Reviewer93746
Real User
User at a consultancy with 1-10 employees
Feb 03 2020

What is most valuable?

The two features that I use are the backup and the restore.

How has it helped my organization?

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… more»

What needs improvement?

The only thing with room for improvement, as everybody says, since I'm in a home lab, would be the price for the CPU; the cost. If I were to add another CPU, I would start… more»

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

As far as competitors' prices go, Vembu was definitely better than all the competitors I found. I would guess it has saved me 30 to 50 percent. The problem is that I'm a… more»

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

Veeam was what I was using before I went to Vembu. The wording, when you start Googling this stuff, gets kind of questionable because it says "unlimited free VMs." That… more»

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… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

Veeam was one of the solutions within a list of solutions I evaluated. Cost was definitely one of the big differences, but I didn't use Veeam long enough to go down that… more»
Assad Ali
Real User
User at Ali Network Solutions
Jan 26 2020

What is most valuable?

The image backup on VM is the most valuable feature. You can restore to another location or another physical/virtual machine. You can do P2V as well as V2V. That is what I… more»

How has it helped my organization?

The main thing is recovery. I have had a lot of hardware failures quite recently due to power fluctuations and overheating. Therefore, I am using it on a lab environment… more»

What needs improvement?

The encryption feature seems okay. When you change versions, then I have found it to have problems. An example: I was on version 3.9, and I had an encrypted VM. It was… more»

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

I was using their free version, which had limitations, so then I went to the licensed version. It has actually benefited my operation a fair bit. VMware requires a special… more»

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

I've been using Veeam for quite some time with other customers. I don't know of other customers who use Vembu, but it's very similar to Veeam. I'm finding it quite similar… more»

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… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I know that the normal Windows Backup won't backup the VMs if you're using it in a HA Failover Clustering environment. If you're using it in a clustered high availability… more»
Forrest Wu
Real User
User at WWF-Canada
Feb 25 2020

What is most valuable?

The firewall backup is the most valuable feature. We need it sometimes when we recover a single file. The compression is the most useful feature for me.

How has it helped my organization?

It has improved our business continuity. We have used this solution to recover from a few incidences.

What needs improvement?

The product's stability needs some improvements. The support is a bit slow in resolving an issue. It takes a long time to recover.

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

This was our first product.

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).

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We tested three products. One of the other products that we evaluated was Altaro. We chose Vembu because the compatibility was better.
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